Despite signs of improvement, the economy and the financial markets still face many threats. Loan losses, higher commodity prices, commercial real estate, and rising interest rates can still hinder a full recovery. The multitude of Federal Reserve and Treasury programs seemed to have stabilized the markets and appeased its participants. But going forward can government intervention continue to play a key role in shaping the domestic and international economies? Money manager Earnest Partners believes they are well positioned to continue to deliver good results with or without government involvement.