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Gold Prices Have Been Flat despite the Weak Dollar
Gold (IAU) (GLD) prices usually have a strong negative correlation with the US dollar (UUP). Gold, like other commodities, is denominated in the dollar.
Gold Has Outperformed Other Asset Classes
Why Gold’s Resilience Continues in July Following the June 23 Brexit vote when the UK chose to withdraw from the European Union, bond yields fell to record lows and gold rallied to two-year highs, reaching $1,375 per ounce on July 6. In the US, subsequent strong economic results in manufacturing, retail sales, and housing created […]
Muni Bond Investment Opportunities in the Current Environment
BUTCHER: Thank you. Do you see any specific opportunities today? COLBY: I think there are two fairly distinct opportunities for investors to consider. One is based on interest rates and interest rate outlooks. The other is based on risk that investors might be willing to assume on a credit basis. From an interest rate perspective, […]
Are Tougher Days ahead for Global Equities?
The IMF revealed that emerging Asia is expected to grow ~6.5% in 2018 and 2019.
Where Is the Energy Sector Heading?
VAN ECK: For energy, let’s follow up on that. You talk about the business model of shale companies. Shale is a new phenomenon, so the investors in the industry are still trying to figure out their operating structure, right? Where are they in that process and where do you think the successful ones will end […]
What Are Biosimilars and Why Do They Benefit Generic Pharma?
BUTCHER: Going back to what you said about generics being a cheaper alternative, why are they cheaper? DUFFY: The barriers to generic markets are usually a lot lower. If we look at the United States, back in 1984 they passed the Hatch-Waxman Act and essentially what this did was allow for an expedited approval process […]
Investment Opportunities in This Environment
VanEck CEO, Jan Van Eck, joins me today to discuss his macroeconomic outlook and also to talk about investment opportunities that he finds most interesting in the current environment.
How the World Is Dealing with the Climate Challenge
Extreme climate change events hamper productivity, thus affecting industries such as agriculture, fishing, energy, trade, transportation, and tourism.
Why LSE Stock Has Outperformed over the Years
The London Stock Exchange’s high market share in growth areas such as client clearing, along with its good asset quality, suggest that the stock exchange is on solid ground.
Will Tax Reform Add to US Debt Concerns?
The main factor that caps economic growth and inflation for a country is the amount of debt the country carries. Debt, if used in the right way, can boost economic growth—but it can also damage the economy.
REER 101: An Introduction to Real Effective Exchange Rates
The International Monetary Fund defines REER as an average of the bilateral real exchange rates between a country and its trading partners, weighted by their respective trade shares.
Opportunities in Emerging Market Credit Developments
Strong investor interest in emerging market debt (EMLC) (HYEM) has continued despite adverse political and economic issues in some countries.
How Bond Buybacks Add Value
As of June 30, 11 fallen angel companies had issued tender offers YTD, boosting their bond prices by 5% on average.
Will Generic Drugs Help Curb Healthcare Costs?
Reducing medical costs would be a high priority in all economies, and generic drugs could provide a solution.
Is Gold Falling Due to Unwarranted Optimism?
Last year was a volatile year for the gold market. Softer demand from China and India, coupled with Trump’s victory, had immensely affected the precious metal.
How REIT Classification Benefits Preferred Securities
S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI (MSCI) have decided to shift stock exchange-listed equity REITs and other listed real estate companies from the financial sector (XLF) to a new real estate sector.
Green Bonds Issuance Show Signs of Growth in 2017
Green bonds carry the same risk-return profile as conventional bonds. However, these bonds fund projects focused on energy efficiency, clean water, transportation, biodiversity, and sustainable waste management.
The Ins and Outs of Moat Investing
Stock selection, a cornerstone of the moat investment philosophy, has driven much of the recent success of the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus Index.
Why Some Exposure to VanEck’s Gaming ETF Is Prudent
The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO) provides exposure to gaming and related industries.
Inclusion of Chinese Onshore Bonds in Global Indexes
In March 2017, Citi’s fixed income indexes decided to include onshore Chinese bonds (EMB) (PCY) in its three government bond indexes.
How to Invest in Global Wide Moat Stocks
The Morningstar Global Wide Moat Focus Index has global exposure, unlike the Morningstar International Moat Index (MOTI).
How Green Bonds Can Help Diversify Investor Base
Even if we assume that green bonds don’t offer any significant premium over conventional bonds, there are many who believe in other noteworthy advantages of green investing.
Can Management Changes Break Gold’s Price Ceiling?
The gold mining industry is on a track to reverse its traditional method of mining to generate better shareholder returns.
VanEck International Investors Gold Fund Seeks Global Exposure
The actively managed VanEck International Investors Gold Fund (INIVX) affords investors the opportunity to add gold mining exposure through a more specialized approach.
The Role of Emerging Markets in Global Green Bond Issuance
Over the last ten years, the green bonds (GRNB) universe has expanded and diversified, holding 600 bonds from 24 countries in 23 currencies.
What Are Generic Drugs and Why Are They Important?
TOM BUTCHER: What are generic drugs, and why are they important? JAMES DUFFY: Generic drugs are drugs that are comparable to their brand-name counterparts. They are comparable in terms of the dosage, effectiveness, and intended use. Generics are important because they are essentially a less-expensive alternative to their brand-name counterparts. This, of course, is expected […]
How Gold Miners Could Benefit from Deregulation
A record number of junior companies attended the Precious Metals Summit. We are finding companies with attractive development projects in North America and West Africa as well as some exciting discoveries that merit watching.
Expanding Investors’ Reach to Global Markets
Building on the success and popularity of VanEck Vectors® Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT®) and its underlying index’s approach to investing in the U.S., VanEck launched MOTI in 2015 to expand investor access to Morningstar’s core equity research in the international arena.
The Benefits of Real Asset Investing
In essence one of the things we have accomplished with these three products is to reduce the volatility inherent in all markets, and in particular very volatile markets like the real asset sectors.
How Moat Indexes Performed in September
The US Moat Index has been performing fairly well this year. As of September 30, 2017, it has outperformed, rising 20.5% over the S&P 500 Index’s (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) rise of 18.6% YTD.
Why LSE Stock Has Outperformed over the Years
VanEck London Stock Exchange Group (LSE LN) has undergone a major transformation in the past five years and has evolved from a small to a top player among exchanges. London Stock Exchange Group boasts one of the most attractive business mixes in the exchange industry, and now generate the bulk of its earnings from its […]
September Winners in US Domestic Moats: Discretionary, Financials
Moat company Polaris Industries (PII) has been doing well this year, returning ~30.0% year-to-date as of October 23, 2017.
Semiconductor Stocks Have Soared on Blockchain Technology
Despite recent declines, the SMH ETF has risen over 41% in the last 12 months. Meanwhile, NVIDIA has risen a whopping 186.7% in the same period, while AMD has returned 15.5% in that period.
How Did Emerging Market Debt Perform in 2016?
In the emerging market bond space (PCY) (EMLC), high-yield bonds and local currency bonds outperformed hard currency sovereign bonds.
The Rapid Rise of Video Gaming and eSports
But what exactly is esports, and what does its growth portend for the video game industry overall? Collectively, the term “esports” refers to professional competitive gaming.
Drug Patent Expirations: $190 Billion Is Up for Grabs
According to estimates by Evaluate Pharma, a whopping $120 billion in sales was lost to patent expirations between 2009 and 2014.
What’s behind CapitaLand’s Economic Moat
CapitaLand Commercial Trust (CCT SP) is a Singapore based real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns 10 office properties in the city’s central business district (CBD).
Rx for Growth? Why Generic Drugs Are Gaining Traction
Rx for Growth? The trillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry has historically been dominated by a few major companies that create and supply the most important branded prescriptions on the market. Recent trends, however, point to the growth of the newest pharma blockbusters: generics. Today, approximately 60% of Americans take prescription drugs;[1. “Trends in Prescription Drug Use Among […]
Can We Build a More Environmentally Aware Portfolio?
In this highly uncertain global market, the climate change factor has taken a back seat. But we can’t ignore its effect on the economy and its financial impact.
Why the RAAX ETF Has Reduced Its Exposure to Coal Equities
At launch, RAAX had a small weighting to coal, but in May, this exposure was completely eliminated based on falling coal equity prices and weakening supply and demand data.
Why Gold ETFs See Robust Net Inflows against Actively Managed Gold Funds
One of the dominant financial trends of the past decade has been a move by investors out of actively managed funds and into passively managed index funds or exchange traded funds (ETFs).
The Idea behind Economic Moats
“How Moats Translate into Sustainable Competitive Advantages” is a five-part moat investing education series that explores the primary sources of economic moats. she
Why Distributed Ledger Technology Is Game Changing
A distributed ledger is a database of transactions held and updated in decentralized form across different locations.
What Caused the Muni Defaults in 2016?
In 2016, Puerto Rico defaulted on constitutionally guaranteed GO (general obligation) bonds. On May 3, 2017, Puerto Rico filed for Title III bankruptcy.
Will US Inflation Stay under 2%?
The Federal Reserve’s ideal inflation rate is 2% in order to ensure stability and employment—in short, a healthy economy.
U.S. Moat Index: Analyzing Its Performance in April
TransDigm Group (TDG) rose 12% in April. Two other additions, Cerner and Guidewire Software, added to the U.S. Moat Index’s performance in April.
Labeled Green Bonds’ Significance to Investors
Global climate leaders have set a $1 trillion target for green finance by 2020, which would require a tenfold increase in global green bonds issuance.
How the Video Gaming Industry Has Flourished
Upon the release in 1970 of the very first home video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, few would have guessed that its arrival heralded the birth of a multibillion dollar industry.
China’s Baby Steps to Open Its Onshore Bond Market
The opening of China’s onshore bond market (EMB) (PCY) was a gradual process that included a number of cautious measures.
Mounting Evidence of Inflation Firming Up
The U.S. Commerce Department reported retail sales fell in February for the third month in a row, while the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index jumped to a 14-year high…
Why the US Moat Index Beat the S&P 500 Index in July
Domestic moat companies, as represented by the Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM (MWMFTR, or “U.S. Moat Index”), once again posted strong results in July.
Why the Rally in Emerging Markets Is Likely to Continue
The rally in emerging markets (VWO) has mainly been driven by higher earnings growth on the back of an improved business environment, rising exports, and strengthening corporate balance sheets.
Can Green Bonds Help Create Sustainable Long-Term Returns?
Green bonds are well suited to access the huge amount of capital required to fund low-carbon green projects.
Can Government Incentives Boost Green Bond Growth?
In order for the green bond market to expand further, government roles are vital.
What Led to the Demand Growth for Green Bonds?
The World Bank has projected an annual investment by cities of $100.0 billion through 2050 to prevent the harmful impact of climate change.
What Does the Green Bond Index Look Like?
Apprehensions over climate change, an emphasis on global pension funds over the integration of ESG in their investments, and new markets will fuel demand for this type of bond.
The Re-Emergence of Seasonal Gold Demand Trends
With selling pressure removed, normal gold demand trends may re-emerge Historically, there is a seasonal pattern to gold prices dependent on physical demand trends. Often, there is weakness in the summer when jewelry demand, primarily from China and India, is low and trading volumes decline. Seasonal strength often occurs from August to January, beginning with […]
Gold Performance in 2017: Making Sense of the Numbers
Gold (GLD)(GLDX) has always been considered a safe-haven asset, offering investors diversification benefits. This unique asset gives investors a chance to hedge and earn positive returns.
How Gold Stocks Have Performed This Year
Gold and gold miners didn’t start off the year on a good note.
Gold’s Modest Response to Europe’s Localized Risks
It seems that every time new, scary headlines emerge, press articles declare that gold no longer serves as a safe haven.
Gold Prices Could Test $1,300
Gold prices tend to rise in the fourth quarter of the calendar year. Gold prices have gained an unannualized ~3.8% in the fourth quarter.
Diversified Gold Exposure with the VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF
The rationale behind choosing the passively managed approach is evident in the genesis of GDX, which launched in 2006 as the first gold miners ETF offered in the U.S.
Quality May Provide Attractive Risk-Adjusted Returns
It’s useful to analyze the historical returns of credit rating categories within emerging markets bonds.
Investors Look to Fallen Angel High Yield Bonds for Value
The start of 2016 has been marked by an increase in the quantum of fallen angel bonds in the high-yield bond market (HYG) (JNK).
What Are the Attractive Characteristics of High Yield EM Bonds?
Investors are flocking to government bonds (BND) of developed markets, which is causing downward pressure on interest rates.
How High Yield Emerging Market Bonds Can Offer Hidden Value
HY EM bonds currently offer higher yields than both high yield US corporate bonds (HYG) (JNK) and high EM sovereign bonds.
Expert Q&A: What to Know Before Investing in Generic Pharma? (Part 2)
(continued from Part 1) 4. What is the nature of the cash flows for generics companies? Stable, driven by a constant demand for prescription drugs? Or lumpy, driven by growth from drugs coming off patent? The larger companies in this sector tend to have stable, steadier cash flows due to established lineups of approved products. […]
Why India Is So Important for Global Pharma
There are several compelling reasons for India’s rising pharma stature, including inexpensive labor, strong government support, and lower production costs.
Expert Q&A: What to Know Before Investing in Generic Pharma? (Part 1)
Market Realist analysts recently conducted a Q&A with experts from VanEck on the generic pharmaceutical industry, a space that has attracted investor interest due to upside potential from brand name drugs coming off patent, cost saving pressure in the healthcare industry, and increased worldwide demand for prescription drugs (for more on these topics, please see […]
How Demographics Are Shaping Generic Drug Growth
The generic drugs industry is likely to sustain robust growth in the coming years, and demographics are a key piece of the puzzle! In fact, demographics are shaping generic drug growth in a huge way.
Indian Pharma: Analyzing the Tailwinds for Growth
India’s strength within the pharmaceutical sector can be seen in the sheer number of pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in the country, which number approximately 10,500.
Why the Patent Cliff Is a Key Driver of Generic Drug Growth
Over the last several years, patent cliffs have led to steep revenue losses for traditional pharmaceuticals as well as created a gateway for smaller companies to come to market with generics.
Is China Opening Doors to Its Bond Market?
But the exit door needs to appear open as well in order for foreign investors to explore relatively untested pathways to mainland exchanges.
Where Green Bonds Could Fit into Your Portfolio
As we’ve seen, green bonds add value to the environment. But they can also provide you with diversification benefits.
Ineffective Monetary Policies Are Inflating Asset Prices
Ineffective monetary policies creating potential future issues Policy makers seem to be focused on solutions to previous problems without realizing that excesses are going to create additional issues. For example, an odd thing happened after Brexit—stocks ignored the risks Brexit posed to the global economy and the S&P 500® [1. S&P 500® Index (S&P 500) consists […]
How Gold Mining Industry Has Revived Itself
The last ten years have been a roller coaster ride for the gold (GLD) (GDXJ) (GDX) mining industry.
How to Short Bitcoins
Shorting of bitcoins is currently done through unregulated exchanges. However, given bitcoin’s huge volatility, shorting becomes a risky affair.
What a Trump Presidency Means for Municipal Bonds
After investors’ post-election U-turn, some tailwinds turned to headwinds for municipal bonds. Investors moved money out of bond funds amid expectations of a Fed rate hike.
Why the RAAX Fund Is Bullish on Gold
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why RAAX maintains a bullish or bearish position on certain asset classes.
Why the RAAX Fund Is Mostly Bullish on May Positioning
RAAX remains fully invested across commodities, natural resource equities, and MLPs. As they were at launch, the largest weightings remain in diversified commodities (30%), gold bullion (20%), and agribusiness equities (20%).
How Starbucks Obtained a Wide Economic Moat Rating
Cost Advantage in Action: Four Case Studies of Moat Companies To demonstrate the power of cost advantages in creating economic moats, we highlight four moat companies: U.S. based Starbucks and Compass Mineral, and international moat companies: Kao (Japan) and Ramsay Health Care (Australia). Starbucks Corp (SBUX US) boasts a “wide economic moat” rating from Morningstar from […]
Let’s Explore How Cost Leadership Provides Market Control
The attribute of “cost advantage” is the second most frequent source of economic moat ratings according to Morningstar. Companies that are able to produce and offer products or services at lower costs than competitors are often able to achieve much higher profit margins. Within many industries, cost leaders have a distinct competitive advantage and often […]
What Are the Sources to Obtain Economic Moats?
“How Moats Translate into Sustainable Competitive Advantages” is a five-part moat investing education series that explores the primary sources of economic moats. The idea of an economic moat refers to how likely a company is to keep competitors at bay for an extended period. According to Morningstar Equity Research, there are five key attributes that […]
How Will the Fixed Income Market Fare in 2019?
The US fixed income market saw a strong close to 2018.
Moat Index: Dramatic Sector Allocation Shift in 2018
The healthcare sector dominated the sector weighting for the Morningstar Wide Moat Index in 2018. The sector returned ~5% in 2018.
Are ‘Fallen Angels’ a Threat to the Bond Market in 2019?
We believe the indexer has exercised discretion with regard to the index rules in a thoughtful and prudent manner.
How Did PG&E Land among the ‘Fallen Angels?’
One such situation occurred this month as a direct result of the very tragic wildfires that struck California over the last two years.
Will We See More ‘Fallen Angels’ in 2019?
The cautionary advice to “expect the unexpected” makes a lot of sense for investors—at least in the sense that we should all learn to manage our own expectations by realizing there are outcomes we may not have anticipated.
What’s Expected for Commodities This Year
Oil prices and many other commodities surged for most of last year.
What Could Help China’s Economic Growth in 2019?
China (FXI) (CNXT) has always favored state-owned enterprises despite the strain they put on the country’s private sector and despite the US’s continuous pressure on China to trim its support for SOEs.
Advice for 2019: Don’t Fight the People’s Bank of China
“Don’t fight the Fed” is an old investing mantra, suggesting that investments should align with the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies instead of against them.
Why Investors May Want to Consider FLTR
Floating rate notes (or FRNs) act as cushions during periods of rising interest rates.
Bank Loans or Floating Rate Notes: Which Should You Consider?
Investment-grade corporate floaters in particular not only benefit investors when short-term interest rates rise but also carry lower credit risk.
How Floating Rate Notes Act as Cushions When Rates Rise
Rising interest rates usually cause fear in the fixed income market, as market interest rates and bond prices move in the opposite direction.
How Gold Mining Exposure Can Hedge Your Portfolio
The gold mining industry hasn’t seen a very positive trend in the last ten years.
What Could Help Gold Get Its Shine Back?
During market distress, when other asset classes suffer, gold is often the only asset class that flourishes.
Why eSports Are Here to Stay
Incredibly, the 2017 League of Legends World Championship attracted more viewers than the deciding games of the MLB World Series, the NBA Finals, and the NHL Stanley Cup that same year.
How Tencent Has Gained from PUBG and Fortnite
Bluehole’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG) and Epic Games’ Fortnite are two of the most popular online games at the moment.
How Nintendo Transformed Gaming
Many companies across the world are realizing the potential of esports and discovering that a lot of money can be made in the esports market.
Why Morningstar Is Overweight on Healthcare
As the third graph shows, the Morningstar US Wide Moat Focus Index has over a 30% weight in healthcare, while the S&P 500 Index has only a 15% weight in the sector.