Middle-Income Consumers Step Out

OCEAN CITY — Consumer spending was a bright spot in the otherwise lackluster first quarter GDP report, rising 1.9% annualized from the fourth quarter. In fact, the two biggest detractors from overall economic growth — low energy prices and a stronger U.S. dollar — have provided a big boost to consumers. We’re seeing early signs… Read more »

Seeking Value And Yield Abroad Can Be Attractive

OCEAN CITY — When most U.S. investors search for yield, they only look to opportunities here at home, typically in defensive sectors such as utilities or telecom. However, the focus on domestic equity sectors can leave them with concentrated positions and the risk those holdings entail. Overall, however, yields and valuations are more attractive abroad…. Read more »

Investors Must Expand Horizons For Yield Search

OCEAN CITY — In a yield-starved world, finding reliable sources of income is proving increasingly challenging. In the past, high-quality bonds have been the preferred place to look. However, in today’s zero interest rate environment, clipping coupons from fixed income securities is proving insufficient for most investors. We have been forced to expand our horizons… Read more »