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Lafayette College Investment Club April 18th. AGENDA 1. Market Update 2. Portfolio Overview 3. Educational- Fed Policy 4. Internship Panel.

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1 Lafayette College Investment Club April 18th

2 AGENDA 1. Market Update 2. Portfolio Overview 3. Educational- Fed Policy 4. Internship Panel

3 Recovery? Still a Bear Market? Last Friday DJIA down 2.4% for week Nasdaq down 3.1% (down 8.8% since 14 year high in March) Weather vs Cool down Fed committed to calming markets: overnight rates, inflation, unemployment Mon

4 Euro-zone IMF worried about low inflation Weak prices could be a drag on global recovery Just below 0.5% (target 2%) Not too high but also not too low Mon

5 By Tuesday, DJIA up based on strong sales, US retailers Sales gained 1.1% from last month 3.4% auto sales increase, building 1.8% Continue at this level (>0.4% avg monthly gain, past four years) Recovery? Still a Bear Market? Tue

6 Watch: Interesting Tech Battle Google Acquired Titan Aerospace Developing jet-sized drones to fly nonstop Collect higher quality images & provide internet access to remote areas Facebook Was out-muscled by Google Found replacement buy in UK Tue

7 Back to Markets: China’s Bubble? Overbuilding (43%) Slashing prices and offering freebies Homeowners and investors in uproar over reduced property values Mostly empty compounds in approx. 100 cities (1/2) Don’t borrow as heavily Market doesn’t have convoluted mortgages No home-equity loans No mortgage backed securities Tue

8 House, out of business? Consumer-price index is at 1.5% (March) Feb was 1.1% Largely due to uptick in food and housing cost. Gas prices fell 1.7% Wed Slow start for spring home- buying season Open-house visits low, price cuts high

9 Midweek Update Dow closed up 0.6% as upbeat earnings offset weal manufacturing data Roller coaster Mon-Tues-Wed for stocks Disappointing economic data: manufacturing activity fell sharply, home- builder confidence Wed

10 Latest Dow closed up (3-day high) BofA netted 276M loss (legal, mortgage) Banks increasing business lending ▫Driven by looser lending standards ▫Companies seeking $ to spend on expansion, employees ▫Earnings from top 6 banks show 8.3+ in commercial lending Thur

11 Today Market Update Portfolio Update Federal Reserve ▫Monetary Policy ▫QE

12 Portfolio Update Kyle Lievre and Michael Kelly

13 Sector NameDollar amount WeightBenchmark Information Technology$ % 18.70% Financials$ % 16.40% Health Care$ % 13.40% Consumer Discretionary$ % 12.20% Industrials$ % 10.70% Energy$ % 10.10% Consumer Staples$ % 9.60% Materials$ % 3.50% Utilities$ % 3.00% Telecommunication Services$ % 2.40% Total Invested:$445, % Cash:$36, % Total:$482, %

14 We Beat the Market (ytd) S&P 500: 89 basis points Our portfolio: 97.6 basis points

15 Earnings Report This week: GS, UNH, GE Next Week: CAT, JAH, BK, AMGN, GILD, BA, BIDU, MSFT, SCCO, T, CHL

16 For next week Come to the board meeting We will be deciding how to split up the sectors

17 Federal Reserve Monetary Policy / QE

18 Conventional Policy Lower and raise short-term interest rates Achieves this with Fed toolkit ▫Discount Rate ▫Federal Funds Rate ▫Open Market Operations (most effective)

19 Purpose Lowers the opportunity cost for borrowers Incentivizes lending and investment “Reach for yield” – Supports financial markets Lowers value of $ - increase exports

20 Quantitative Easing Much different from conventional policy Targets long-term rates / specific markets Fed purchased MBS and LT Treasury Securities Crude but effective tool Unprecedented policy – run risk of inflation

21 Forward Guidance Tie future policy to economic data Guides markets through policy Helps keep rates low in the long-run

22 Inflation Risks QE has put unprecedented reserves in banks As economy improves, lending will improve Could cause rampant inflation in economy No one knows exactly how economy will respond Erode value of our portfolio

23 Relevance to Club Lower rates have supported stock market As Fed pulls back on QE, rates will rise Investors are more likely to “flock to safety” Hedge portfolio going into summer

24 Internship Panel

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