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Michael Lebowitz
Michael Lebowitz, CFA is the founder of 720 Global. 720 Global is an investment consultant, specializing in macroeconomic research, valuations, asset allocation, and risk management. 720’s objective is to provide professional investment managers with unique and relevant information that can be incorporated into their investment process to enhance performance and marketing. 720 assists our clients in differentiating themselves from the crowd with a focus on value, performance and a clear, lucid assessment of global market and economic dynamics. Michael has over 25 years of financial markets experience. In this time he has managed $50 billion+ institutional portfolios as well as sub $1 million individual portfolios. Throughout his career he has been an astute follower of markets and developed a keen sense for the macro factors that drive markets and economies. You can read more about Michael on his website www.720global.com.
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A Real Gauge For Investment Benchmarking & Wealth Building

The New England Patriots are the winningest professional football team of the new millennia. While we could post a long list of reasons for their success, there is one that stands above the rest. In a recent interview, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stated that they start each year with one…

2018 Investment Outlook: Avoiding The Consensus

The following outlook provides our investment thoughts for the coming year – 2018. We did not include specific recommended asset allocation weightings for the major asset classes, as that offering is a part of our premium services. Nonetheless, the analysis and commentary below is in-depth and we hope will be…

U.S. Economy: Squeezing The Consumer From Both Sides

The Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds rate on December 13, 2017, marking the fifth increase over the last two years. Even with interest rates remaining at historically low levels, the Fed’s actions are resulting in greater interest expense for short-term and floating rate borrowers. The effect of this was…

Tax Cut Rally Has Investors Drinking From The Punch Bowl

The term “priced in” is a phrase used frequently by Wall Street and the financial media. This expression is used to describe how much the price of stock or a market has accounted for an anticipated event. For example, consider a pharmaceutical stock that has risen 50% over the last…

Corporate Tax Cuts: The Seen… and the Unseen

Since Donald Trump was elected President, the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX,) has rallied over 21% or nearly 500 points. In our opinion, a good portion of the gain is attributable to his promise, as well as congressional efforts, to reform the tax code. In particular, the proposed sharp reduction in the…

UK Financial Markets: Keep Calm And Carry On?

“Before long, we will all begin to find out the extent to which Brexit is a gentle stroll along a smooth path to a land of cake and consumption.” – Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor In 1939, the British Government, through the Ministry of Information, produced a series of…

Valuation Aberration: “No” Growth Stocks Riding The Bull Wave

In Something Wicked This Way Comes, I provided an in-depth look at how stock repurchases are distorting McDonald’s (MCD) earnings per share and making the company look more profitable than it truly is. When such financial wizardry is considered alongside the growing popularity of passive investment strategies and overall sense…