Category Archives: Economic trends

Listen to Part 3 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast: Impact Investment Themes

We recently posted part 1 and part 2 of our Impact Investing Podcast Series, which provided some background and context to the history of Arnerich Massena’s impact research, and then discussed what impact investing is and why it’s drawing attention from investors. We’re pleased to now present part 3, in which we look at specific investment themes Arnerich Massena has identified in the impact space, and what opportunities we see for investors in these thematic areas. Co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, and research analyst Mitch Vogt discuss water, food and agriculture, resource efficiency, and life sciences/healthcare. Read more »

Listen to Part 2 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series: What is impact investing and why is it worth your attention?

We recently posted part 1 of our Impact Investing Podcast Series, which provided some background and context to the history of Arnerich Massena’s impact research. We’re pleased to now present part 2, in which we look at what impact investing is and why it’s worth your attention. Co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, and investment advisor Ryland Moore discuss everything from definitions to long-term trends, as they share their insights on the impact marketplace, its evolution, and why it’s so important right now. Read more »

Understanding Leading and Lagging Indicators

It can be easy to conflate the stock market and the economy, and we’ve seen this happen particularly over the past few years with the combination bull market and strong U.S. economy. People have begun to associate them together. But not only are they not the same thing, the relationship between them may not be as straightforward as many people think. Understanding how economic indicators and stock prices are related can be important when it comes to recognizing market opportunities. Particularly as we come to what may be a turn in the market cycle, understanding indicators and what they show us can help us to be prepared.

Stock analysts divide indicators into two main categories as they relate to stock prices and/or the economy:

  • Lagging indicators: A measurable economic factor that changes only after the economy has begun to follow a particular pattern or trend
  • Leading indicators: Any economic factor that changes before the rest of the economy begins to go in a particular direction

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Arnerich Massena’s Year-End Podcast: What happened in 2018 and what does that mean for 2019?

Arnerich Massena is pleased to introduce our first Research Focus podcast, in which we take a deep dive into our investment research and share our thoughts on the market landscape and investment topics. In this inaugural Research Focus podcast, “What happened in 2018 and what does that mean for 2019?” co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA, and research analyst Mitch Vogt take a look at what happened last year, and where that leaves us as we move forward into this year. Read more »

Listen to Part 1 of Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series

Following the publication of our recent white paper, Impact Investing: Why, What, How? we have been excited to discover that people are deeply interested in the opportunities we are presenting and what it could mean both for their portfolio and for the world. We wanted to dive in a little deeper and share some of our knowledge and passion firsthand. To that end, we’re pleased to introduce Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Podcast Series. In this series of podcasts, we’ll explore impact investing from a variety of different angles, including the history of our research, the basics of what impact investing is, and what thematic opportunities we are focusing on. Read more »

Watch Arnerich Massena’s Fourth Quarter, Year-End 2018 MarketCast

Arnerich Massena’s fourth quarter and year-end 2018 MarketCast is available for viewing. In this MarketCast, Co-CIO Bryan P. Shipley, CFA, CAIA, introduces senior research analyst Arthur Coyne, CFA, who provides context and commentary on market activity over the year and the fourth quarter, and investment advisor Kate Deines, discussing what this means for client portfolios. Read more »

Monopoly Power is Concentrating Public Markets

Four firms control 98% of the cell phone market, four companies have cornered 92% of the peanut butter market, four airlines hold 73% of their industry market share, and three firms make up 89% of the social networking industry.1 There’s similar concentration across a wide variety of industries, from pet food to pharmacies to beer. What does it mean when industries become this concentrated, dominated by a few giants? Read more »