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Key Takeaways & Insights

Monetary easing. Slow growth. Trade conflicts. The themes dominating 2019 continue. Get more insights in our August Market Outlook.


  • The U.S. economy doesn’t appear at immediate risk of recession due primarily to healthy consumer spending. The consumer savings rate is now more than 8% thanks in part to consistent job and wage growth.
  • The Fed pivoted from its year-end tightening stance with a 0.25% (25 basis point) reduction in July. We anticipate one to two more cuts in reaction to continued low inflation.
  • Expected Fed rate cuts of 0.25% to 0.50% over the next year should move short rates below intermediate rates and bring the overall yield curve to its more natural upward slope.

Meet the Author

Ben Pace

Partner & Chief Investment Officer

Ben is the Chief Investment Officer and a Partner in the New York office. He leads the firm’s Investment Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in investment management. Ben has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, and is a frequent commentator on Bloomberg TV and radio, Fox TV and CNBC, appearing regularly on network programs such as Power Lunch, The Closing Bell, Squawk Box, and Worldwide Exchange.

Prior to joining Cerity Partners, Ben was Chief Investment Officer and Head of Global Investment Solutions for Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in the U.S. In his role as CIO, he sat on the PWM Global Investment Committee, providing input on the U.S. economy and capital markets. He oversaw the investment strategy and asset allocation for PWM clients in the U.S. As Head of Global Investment Solutions, he brought together PWM’s capital markets and investment capabilities in an effort to provide an effective and consistent experience for clients. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 1994, he managed equity income funds for two investment organizations. During his tenure with those institutions, he also served as a securities analyst with a particular emphasis on the financial services and healthcare industries.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Columbia University and Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University.

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