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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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Bonds With Equity-Like Risk/Returns: High Yield IEDs

“What we’re seeing is an increase in the evolutionary pace of IED (improvised explosive device) design. It’s increasing at a pace we previously haven’t seen.” – Ben Venzke The traditional benchmark asset allocation is 60/40 – 60% in stocks, 40% in bonds. Such a “balanced” allocation is considered to be…

Decoding Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve Message

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant” – Alan Greenspan On July 12, 2017 in her semiannual testimony to Congress, Janet Yellen stated the following: “the Federal Funds rate would not…

Price Stability? The Consequences Of Federal Reserve Inflation Targeting

The Federal Reserve Act, as mandated by Congress, established a dual mandate of price stability and maximizing employment to guide the Federal Reserve (Fed) in setting monetary policy. Price stability, the topic of this article, allows investors, corporations, and consumers the ability to better predict future prices and optimally allocate…

Clarity Or Confusion: Calling Out Federal Reserve Policy

Clarity or Confusion “Are you kidding? Are you kidding? No one knows what you’re doing.” – Economist John Taylor in response to William Dudley’s (President Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Vice Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee) comment that the Federal Reserve (Fed) has been very clear in…

Understanding and Navigating The Fog of Markets

“The year 1915 was fated to be disastrous to the cause of the Allies and to the whole world. By the mistakes of this year the opportunity was lost of confining the conflagration within limits which though enormous were not uncontrolled. Thereafter the fire roared on till it burnt itself…

The Risk Spectrum: Is Your Portfolio Ready For A Storm?

Weighing Market Risks… “Cause when life looks like Easy Street, there is danger at your door” – Grateful Dead On numerous occasions, we have posited that equity investors appear to be blinded by consistently rising stock prices and the allure of minimal risks as portrayed by record low volatility. It…

Face Off: Stocks vs Bonds and the Economic Outlook

There is a healthy debate between those who work in fixed-income markets and those in the equity markets about who is better at assessing markets. The skepticism of bond guys and gals seems to help them identify turning points. The optimism of equity pros lends to catching the full run…

U.S. Macro Market Outlook: Clouds On The Horizon

On March 10, 2017, 720Global introduced the Trump Range Chart. Developed to see several different markets on one page, this unique chart provides a composite perspective of many instruments at once. Given the large post-election market gyrations across many asset classes, our concern was, and still remains, that those moves…

[VIDEO] The Animated Virtuous Cycle

A short video illustrating economics in plain English Our name, 720Global, is meant to evoke an image of two overlapping individual circles (2 x 360°) in the reader’s mind. The two circles represent what we believe to be the two primary pillars of successful investing – investment valuation and macro-economic…

Investors: Is It Time To Put Risk/Reward Into Perspective?

The Deck is Stacked:  Putting Risk and Reward into Perspective “The individual investor should act consistently as an investor and not as a speculator.” – Ben Graham. We are frequently told that valuation analysis is irrelevant because fundamentals do not signal turning points in markets. Scoffers of valuation analysis are…