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PHOTO CREDIT: The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) before the Opening Bell on February 6, 2018 in New York City
Expectations for a downturn in equity market performance begins to influence institutional allocation intentions as investors prepare for the year ahead

Abraxas GAM, the New York and Hong Kong based provider of alternative asset management solutions, has reiterated that the large majority of its institutional client base believes that value throughout global equity markets has peaked as sentiment widely suggests that markets are overdue a sizeable and imminent correction.

After 2019 began with widespread selloff, markets again rallied with the S&P 500 index ending for the first half of 2019 17.4 percent up. Whilst the early correction was welcomed by some as needed, assets remain overvalued as the excessive effects of quantitate easing have indiscriminately inflated prices over the past decade.

“The state of the market continues to present investors with a series of challenges as they look to manage risk through turbulent conditions. Whilst equities have in large rewarded investors over the past 12 months, we believe that assessing portfolio allocations during this time should be a foremost concern as portfolios prepare for what is likely to be a volatile run towards the end of 2019,” commented Lex Anderson, senior market analyst, Abraxas Global Asset Management New York.

“Over the past 18 months, we have noticed a significant shift in institutional allocations as the majority of our clients have diversified their holdings into alternative positions, specifically through hedge fund placements and secondary market private transactions. We expect this pattern to gather momentum as the year continues to unfold,” continued Mr. Anderson.

With a number of high-profile political events set to unravel during the second half of 2019, analysts at Abraxas GAM believe that risk-adjusted measures should be taken through by increasing positions that are less correlated to equity market exposure.

“The repercussions on wider market…




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As uncertainties remain elevated, strong confidence levels may not translate into more spending

Consumers across major global markets – including China, India, Indonesia, the United States, and Germany – remain confident, according to The Conference Board® Global Consumer Confidence Index. Large improvements are seen in several major economies, including France, South Korea and Turkey, while confidence waned in Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Overall, a smaller number of markets are seeing further improvements in confidence. High levels of confidence may therefore not translate into greater spending in the coming quarters, amid growing economic and geopolitical uncertainties.

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A steadfast and talented businessman who won’t take second best and who knows nothing but hard work and grit.

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Two Agreements Cover About 3,000 Wireline Employees

AT&T today announced that it has reached two tentative agreements with Communications Workers of America in AT&T Corp. (CWA Telecommunications and Technologies unit) wireline contract negotiations.

The AT&T Corp. agreement covers employees across the country, including USVI. A small agreement also was reached on the AT&T Corp. (CWA Telecommunications and Technologies unit) Puerto Rico contract, which covers a handful of wireline employees in Puerto Rico. The two four-year agreements collectively cover about 3,000 employees and will be submitted to the union’s membership for ratification votes in coming days.

“As one of the largest employers in America, we’re proud of the number of quality middle class careers we’ve provided to our employees, with wages and benefits that are among the best in the country. We have a longstanding cooperative relationship with our unions, and we’re committed to working together to bargain fair contracts that will allow us to continue to provide those careers.” – Mark Royse, Executive Vice President – Labor Relations

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