Lara is Chief U.S. Economist and Managing Director on the Investment Research team at FS Investments, where she analyzes developments in the global and U.S. economy and financial markets. Her fresh take on macroeconomic issues helps to inform and develop the firm’s long-term views on the economy, investment trends and issues facing investors. Lara is committed to the Philadelphia community and serves on the boards of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, Hyperion Bank and Starr Garden Park.
A March rate hike: Opportunity knocked and the FOMC answered
Today’s rate hike has left markets wondering what, if anything, has changed at the FOMC and where rates are going from here.
Inflation temperature check: Reading economic indicators and rate hike expectations
Inflation indicators are warming up. What does that mean for investors?
Q4 GDP: What low economic growth means for 2017
The economy grew 1.9% in the fourth quarter, filling in the picture for 2016 with less than stellar growth of 1.6%. What does it mean for growth in 2017?
Resetting expectations: Tackling payrolls in the new normal
The monthly U.S. payroll report is often viewed as a barometer of economic health by investors and policymakers. Gain insight on this market-moving indicator, its link to trend employment growth and how it fits into the new normal.
If the hare is expectations, then the tortoise is perspective
We are in a time of high policy uncertainty. The counterweight to expectations is perspective, and it is important for investors to leverage perspective for this long-term race we call investing.
Productivity primer: It’s all about the crust
What is productivity, and how does it contribute to income and growth for investors?