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The View from Transamerica: 2017 Outlook

TA_Blog_1024x438 As a new administration prepares to inhabit the White House, the theme for the Transamerica 2017 Outlook this year is “The Winds of Change.”

Transamerica Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Tom Wald, CFA®, sees an interesting year ahead, with the new Trump administration ushering in what may be some of the most dramatic changes to the country’s economic agenda in a generation.

On the whole, Wald believes both interest rates and inflation will be on the rise amid higher fiscal spending, with opportunities for investors in both stocks and bonds.

Wald also believes the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (the Fed) will be less on the minds of investors.

“Ironic as it may sound, after eight years of commanding market and media attention to the point of near cultural obsession, for at least the next six months or so the Fed will basically be irrelevant,” Wald wrote. “Looking at these past few months, perhaps only (benched Dallas Cowboys quarterback) Tony Romo has taken a backseat faster than the Fed has.”

The full 2017 Outlook is available for download now.



About the author

Tom Wald is responsible for overseeing the investment and mutual fund product development functions and sub-adviser selection process. He also actively publicizes Transamerica’s investment thought leadership and products to advisors, clients, and the media. Tom has more than 25 years of investment experience and has managed large mutual funds and sub-advised separate account portfolios. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tulane University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Tom Wald, CFA® Chief Investment Officer, Transamerica Asset Management, Inc

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