Author Archives: Sam Wardwell

About Sam Wardwell

Sam Wardwell, CFA, is Senior Vice President and Investment Strategist at Pioneer Investments. He joined Pioneer in 2003.

Strong Jobs Report: Good for the Economy, Bad for Investors

Last week the Labor Department released another very strong jobs report.  That was good news for the economy, but bad news for investors.  Payroll employment rose 295k, with revisions of -18k and the trailing 6-month average of 293k is at a … Continue reading

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Yellen Moved The Fed Still Further Away ‑ From Clear Forward Guidance

What did Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen say about raising rates at last week’s Humphrey-Hawkins testimony? She promised a wording change (“patient”) before rates were increased, but disavowed any implied promise that rates wouldn’t rise until the second meeting after the … Continue reading

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The Fed is Waiting Patiently…Are You?

The FOMC’s January meeting didn’t break new ground; I’m waiting for the March press conference for any significant action to be discussed. As we know, patience continued to be the theme, as the Fed signaled a rate hike before June … Continue reading

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Strong Jobs Report Joins Improving U.S. Employment Trends

According to the “establishment” survey, payroll employment rose 257k in January; November and December were revised higher by +147k (257k+147k=406k). The normal annual review resulted in 2014 being revised higher by 245k. (Note: the 147k Nov-Dec revision is part of the … Continue reading

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Central Bank Surprises: Is the FOMC Sounding an Alarm?

The Swiss were first, followed by the Indians, Canadians, Danes (3 times!), Japanese, and Russians (again last week) – central banks are changing policies without telegraphing their intentions in advance. In a period of rising central bank activism and high … Continue reading

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