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  • uploads///Greece debt timeline
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Market Paradox: Stocks Reach Record Highs Despite Headwinds

    We’ll explore whether record highs signal a top for equity markets or whether there’s still some room for growth in the current bull market.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key for Investors: Report from the G20 Summit, September 2015

    The G20 is a forum of 19 countries and the EU that convenes to discuss policy level enhancements required for the global economy and the group.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Performance of Global Markets After the US Election Outcome
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Emerging Markets Tumbled after Trump Election

    Major indexes around the world showed huge negative fluctuations after Trump won the US presidential election. Major indexes in the United States showed positive performances.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Global Markets Showing Gradual Improvement
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week

    In this series, we’ll take a look at the global final manufacturing PMIs and services PMIs for March 2017. These indicators help us understand the business condition of an economy.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    Bill Gross Explains Why Central Bankers Can’t Keep Raising Stakes

    In his investment outlook for October 2016, Bill Gross of Janus Capital (JNS) compared the central bankers’ recent monetary policy measures to wagers placed at a betting game.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Chinas Industrial Production in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Industrial Production Rises: Is Investor Confidence Back?

    On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production increased to 6.0% in May 2016. That’s the same pace as April.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Chinese, Indian Demand for Gold Is Rising

    India and China, the two largest consumers of gold, make up about 50% of gold’s global demand. Gold is treated more as a commodity in these two countries.

    By Meera Shawn
  • uploads///IMFs projections on global economic growth July
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    International Monetary Fund: Global Economy to Slow Down in 2015

    In this series, we’ll look at the International Monetary Fund’s expectations for economic growth around the world, and we’ll explore how these projections might affect your investments.

    By David Ashworth
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    Basic Materials

    Copper Demand: Is It Time to Look beyond China?

    Over the last several years, Chinese copper demand has been a key driver of global copper demand.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
  • uploads///Weakening Dollar Index Signaling the End of Earnings Recession
    Fund Managers

    How Will the Fed Affect the Earnings Recovery Environment?

    The dollar index (UUP) rallied about 22% between October 2014 to July 2016.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition of International Mutual Funds
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is It Time to Invest in International Funds?

    2016 has mostly been about macro trends, thus presenting a different set of challenges for active fund managers who mostly focus on companies rather than economic and sector trends.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Telecom Verizon Revenue qE
    Earnings Report

    Verizon’s Revenue Growth Should Slow down in 1Q15

    Verizon (VZ) will report its 1Q15 results on April 21, 2015. It’s the largest US telecom company. It had a market capitalization of $200.08 billion as of April 13, 2015.

    By Ray Sheffer
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    Fund Managers

    Why Hedge Funds Remain Bearish on China

    London-based Omni Macro Fund and US-based Moore Capital Macro Fund have been betting against China’s yuan for almost two years now.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Yield Curve in Major Developed Nations
    Fund Managers

    James Gorman’s View on Global Bond Yield

    Gorman thinks higher yield indicates the beginning of more normalization. In June, Fed chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Fed is moving toward normalization.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Miscellaneous

    Greece gets a new prime minister

    On Monday, January 26, Alexis Tsipras was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Greece. His Syriza party advocates against austerity measures.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is the NIFTY 50 in the Correction Zone?

    On March 28, 2018, the NIFTY 50 index fell 0.7%. However, between March 28, 2017, and March 28, 2018, the NIFTY 50 rose 11.1%.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week?

    Some important economic indicators that were released last week include US crude oil inventories, US weekly jobless claims, US retail sales, and China’s industrial production.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Economic Growth Advances in Q  in South Korea
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    South Korea’s Economic Growth amid Geopolitical Tensions

    South Korean economy The South Korean (EWY) economy is currently affected by security threats from North Korea and several chaebols, or family-controlled companies. Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) (HYMLF), a chaebol, has been involved in a corruption scandal, like companies in many other emerging markets. However, on a positive note, most macroeconomic factors look promising thanks to new […]

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Inflation Has Been Dipping Over the Last Few Months
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Robust Growth Could Lead to an Early Rate Hike

    Robust growth could lead to an early rate hike—despite low inflation. Low inflation rates are one of the reasons why Treasury yields have remained low.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
  • uploads///The Dollar Index Has Soared in the Last Few Months
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Strong Dollar Is a Major Headwind for Export-Oriented Stocks

    A stronger dollar is a headwind for export-oriented stocks. The US economy is relatively robust.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///Global Markets Moving in a Positive Direction
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week

    In this series, we’ll take a look at the final US 2Q16 GDP reading, Japan’s retail sales for August, US consumer confidence in September, and US weekly crude oil inventories.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Chinas Industrial Production in December
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Industrial Production Weakened in December

    On a year-over-year basis, China’s industrial production rose 6% in December 2016 compared to a 6.2% gain in the previous month.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Canadas Manufacturing PMI in March
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Manufacturing PMI Weakened: How It Could Impact the Economy

    Japan’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 52.4 in March 2017 compared to 53.3 in February.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Miscellaneous

    Could your portfolio handle a spike in geopolitical risks?

    The fact that volatility levels remain as low as they are today suggests that the market hasn’t factored in the possibility of geopolitical risks picking up.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///France Manufacturing PMI in November
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will France’s Manufacturing PMI Speed Up Economic Growth?

    According to data provided by Markit Economics, the final Markit France Manufacturing PMI was 51.7 in November 2016 compared to 51.8 in October.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in April
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How a Softening Japan Services PMI Is Impacting the Economy

    According to Markit Economics, the Japan Manufacturing PMI was 52.2 in April 2017 compared to 52.9 in March. It met market expectations.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///US Manufacturing PMI Index Showed Weaker Uptrend in May
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Weak US Manufacturing PMI: Will Economic Growth Pick Up?

    The US manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) stood at 50.5 in May—compared to 50.8 in April. It’s below the Market expectation of 51.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Fund Managers

    Where Are Interest Rates Going? Ray Dalio Weighs In

    Ray Dalio, and Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio discussed the future of the economy and the next recession. Here’s what you need to know.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///yuan exchange rate
    Miscellaneous

    Chinese Yuan Will Benefit from Being a Reserve Currency

    The monetary authority in China (FXI) (YINN) worked to get greater international recognition for the yuan. There are benefits to being a reserve currency.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///India Manufacturing PMI on Rise
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Improved Manufacturing in India, But Recovery?

    The Nikkei India Manufacturing PMI for April 2017 matched its reading for the previous month.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Apples XLK
    Fund Managers

    Why Jim Chanos Thinks Apple Is an Ultimate Value Stock

    Jim Chanos said that he is long on Apple (AAPL) because he thinks Apple is a value stock and trading at a cheaper valuation.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Dividend funds give you cushion during volatility
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    High-Dividend Emerging Market Funds Offer A Cushion

    High-dividend emerging market funds offer a cushion when you face market volatility.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///Diversification
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Are You Thinking about Diversifying Your Portfolio?

    Geographical diversification allows your portfolio to keep earning returns in case your primary geography has not been doing well.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Malaysias Trade Surplus Surges in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What’s behind Malaysia’s Large Trade Surplus in June 2017?

    Malaysia’s trade surplus jumped to 9.9 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $2.3 billion as of August 11, 2017) in June 2017—an 80% rise YoY.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///PEP Sales Growth
    Company & Industry Overviews

    New York Is Gearing Up for PepsiCo’s Kola House this Spring

    PepsiCo is getting ready to launch Kola House, its first hospitality venture, at its flagship location in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The first Kola House, which will operate as a kola bar, restaurant, lounge, and event space, is expected to open this spring.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
  • uploads///negative interest rates
    Financials

    Will the Fed Have to Use More Unconventional Measures?

    Global monetary policy is unconventional. From an era of lowering interest rates to boost economic growth, central bankers are taking rates into negative territory.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Yum China
    Fund Managers

    Why Druckenmiller Is Optimistic about Chinese Consumer Stocks

    Druckenmiller’s firm bought 710,200 shares of Alibaba (BABA) in 2Q17. The holding accounted for nearly 5.4% of the firm’s portfolio in 2Q17.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    Bill Gross’s Views on Growth and Inflation

    Gross believes that money has stopped generating growth and inflation. Equity prices are artificially elevated, and negative yields are guaranteeing capital losses.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Fund Managers

    Larry Fink Says Lower Rates Hampered Savings around the World

    Various central banks in developed nations (EFA) have lowered their key interest rates close to the zero level to revive their economies.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
  • Financials

    Bank of Japan announces QQE2, expanded monetary stimulus

    At its monetary policy meeting held on October 31, the Bank of Japan (or BOJ) announced new stimulus measures. The measures come in addition to those it announced earlier.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch This Week

    If major Eurozone economic indicators improve in the coming months, we could expect those economies to regain some strength.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    4 must-know reasons why you should invest in frontier markets

    So-called frontier markets (FM) – those markets that are still at a very early stage of development — have been among the best performers in 2014, outperforming global markets (ACWI) year to date.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///SA US treasury holding
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Saudi Arabia’s Bond Sale Affects US Treasury Bonds

    Saudi Arabia has also been involved in the sale of US Treasuries. The country is the 15th-largest holder of US Treasury bonds in the world.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Trailing One Month FEZ Industrial Positive Performance
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The FEZ’s Sectoral Composition and Industry Performances

    The SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF is one of the most popular US-traded ETFs. Its sectoral composition includes financial services, healthcare, and industrials.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Consumer spending seasonal headwinds
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Where Are Opportunities in the Current Economic Environment?

    There are still pockets of value in US markets. Investors can look to the financial and technology sectors for opportunities in the current economic environment.

    By Jeffrey Rosenberg
  • uploads///Japan Services PMI in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Japan Services PMI Improved in June 2017

    The Japan Services PMI (EWJ) (DXJ) stood at 53.3 in June 2017 compared to 53.0 in May 2017. It met the market expectation of 53.2.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Global Markets Surge With First Round of French  Elections
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    French Election: Could There Be a Domino Brexit Effect in 2017?

    Fink believes that with a Le Pen win, the possibility of a French referendum to exit the European Union would be much more likely than anticipated.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Fund Managers

    Gross on Rising US Credit Level: Lehman Brothers, Anyone?

    The rising credit level is a warning sign for the economy, and Gross believes this situation may trigger a crisis like the 2008 global debt crisis.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Russia GDP growth rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russia in Recession: Growth Contracted by 4.6% in Q2

    Russia’s annual GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate plummeted to -4.6%, according to the latest figures released from the Federal State Statistics Service.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    When to Expect a Liftoff in Rates

    San Francisco Fed president John Williams noted that the Fed’s ability to hold off a liftoff in rates is “more limited” than its ability to tighten. A rate hike could be expected in September if the economy continues to grow in the next two months.

    By Rick Rieder
  • uploads///Global Debt Sending a Warning Sign to the Market
    Fund Managers

    Global Debt Is Hitting Record Highs: Danger Sign for the Market

    According to the IMF, the second risk to the global financial system is that global debt (ACWI) (VTI) is hitting record highs.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
  • uploads///Riisng consumer spending in India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Activity Is on the Rise in India

    Consumer spending in India (INDL) stood at ~17.8 trillion rupees in 4Q16, an 11% increase compared to 16.0 trillion rupees in 3Q16.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Gold Price and Yen
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Japan Benefit from Monetary Easing with Yield Curve Control?

    In September, gold (GDXJ) prices rose sharply against all major currencies except the yen.

    By VanEck
  • uploads///russia inflation rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russian Ruble Reversal: Inflation Rate Falls to 16.4% in April

    Russia’s inflation rate had been trending upward since the beginning of 2014, in tandem with the ruble’s decline. But the country’s central bank believes that the worst is now over for Russia.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    Subdued market reaction to Syriza party win in Greece

    The Syriza party win ends over four decades of alternating rule by the New Democracy party and the Pasok party.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Brazil Selic rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s SELIC Rate Rises to 14.25% yet Inflation Continues to Soar

    The Central Bank of Brazil has attempted to rein in inflation by raising Brazil’s key interest rate, also known as the SELIC rate.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///IMFs Growth Projections January  Update
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    IMF expects economic growth to slow a bit, again

    The International Monetary Fund expects the world’s economic growth to rise by 3.5% in 2015 and 3.7% in 2016, a pace it describes as “moderate.”

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Russia inflation rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russia’s Inflation Is Still High at 15.3% in June, RSX Down 2.01%

    Russia’s inflation rate stood at 15.3%, according to a July 6 release by the Federal Statistics Service in Russia.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    Coty–Procter & Gamble Deal: Changing the Beauty Biz Pecking Order

    The combined Coty–P&G color cosmetics portfolio, would see the new Coty become the number three company in color cosmetics, with $2.5 billion in pro forma global sales.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///Emerging Market Small Caps Have Higher Exposure to the Consumer Related Sectors
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Emerging Market Small-Cap Stocks Focus on Local Sectors

    Emerging market small-cap stocks offer exposure to consumer sectors. EEMS has 18% exposure to consumer discretionary stocks.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch for This Week

    Economic indicators Key economic indicators investors should watch for this week are: US (SPY) services PMI data UK (EWU) services PMI data Eurozone (IEV) (VGK) services PMI data German (EWG) services PMI data Spanish services PMI data French (EWQ) services PMI data Japanese services PMI data US ADP employment data US non-farm payroll data Wrapping up […]

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Various ETF Performances On October
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How EWJ Performed with Respect to the Global Economy

    On October 26, FEZ fell 0.28% to close at $36.85, and SPY fell 0.25% to close at $207. ACWI fell 0.39% to close at $58.29, and EWJ fell 0.08% to close at $12.50.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Financials

    How Brexit Could Impact GDP, Capital Flows, and Growth in the UK

    According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, the UK’s GDP was $2.7 trillion in 2015.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Emerging Market Small Caps Are Less Correlated
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Which ETF Can Insulate You from Slowing Global Growth?

    EEM stocks are better insulated from slowing global growth. The fund is exposed to global sectors.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///Performance of Short term Duration Bond ETFs
    Fund Managers

    Investment Avenues during the Rise of Short-Term Interest Rates

    Bill Gross thinks the central banks should implement their strategies very carefully and cautiously in this scenario.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Employment Cost Index
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Employment Cost Index Up 0.7% in First Quarter

    The employment cost index increased by 0.7% for the first quarter of 2015 on a seasonally adjusted basis. This was higher than economists’ consensus expectation of 0.6%.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Greek Referendum That Shook the World

    For the past week, the Greek referendum has been a major source of volatility and worry for global markets. Referendum results came in on Sunday, July 5, and the Greeks gave a resounding “no” to the bailout terms.

    By Shelly Vinson
  • uploads///Gold Outperformed Equity Market During Global Turmoil
    Fund Managers

    Gold Considered the Only Outperformer in the Current Scenario

    Jeffrey Gundlach said in his recent interview with CNBC that gold is the best alternative to Treasuries in the current market environment.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Gatorade
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Gatorade’s Position in the Sports Beverage Market

    Gatorade’s position and volumes have been impacted by rising competition. It has also felt the effect of the popularity of bottled water, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, and energy drinks.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Stanley Druckenmiller: Why the Bull Market Is Exhausting Itself

    Stanley Druckenmiller, chair and CEO of the Duquesne Family Office and billionaire investor, discussed his views about the current investment environment at the Sohn Investment Conference in New York.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Direct 2 You: Sprint’s New Distribution Service Started on April 13

    Sprint initiated the “Direct 2 You” service on April 13 in the Kansas City metro market. The service will be extended to Miami and Chicago on April 20.

    By Ray Sheffer
  • uploads///Malaysian Exports Slightly Down in June
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Marginal Decline in Malaysian Exports in June

    Exports from Malaysia in June 2017 stood at 73.1 billion Malaysian ringgit (MYR) (about $17 billion as of August 11, 2017), or 10% higher YoY.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Untitled
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Indicators Should Investors Watch This Week?

    As China is one of the important emerging economies, investors should keep an eye on its important indicators.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///consumer sentiment
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Consumer Sentiment Likely to Weaken in August, XLY falls ~2%

    The consumer sentiment composite index stands at 92.9 index points in August—a 0.2 point fall from July’s 93.1 points. Personal financial projections are weakening.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///iShares MSCI Emerging Market Small Cap ETF Sectorial Breakdown
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Small-Cap Emerging Market Funds Offer Exposure To Domestic Demand

    Invest in small-cap emerging market funds to focus better on domestic demand in emerging markets.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///Chinese stocks are trading at well below their long term average
    Financials

    Why Chinese stocks are trading well below their long-term average

    While a downward earnings revision remains a near-term risk, at today’s valuation there is long-term opportunity in Chinese equities.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///BUD US Volumes
    Earnings Report

    Anheuser-Busch InBev Continues to Face Headwinds in the US

    In June 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced an investment of over $1.5 billion toward product development and sustainability efforts in the US.

    By Sirisha Bhogaraju
  • uploads///Brent Crudes Premium to WTI Expanded in December
    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Look at Recent Crude Oil Highlights

    Crude oil prices saw a roller coaster ride in 2016, tanking to $26.21 per barrel on February 11, 2016. Since then, prices have soared by 104.9%.

    By John Love
  • uploads///Mexico Manufacturing PMI on Decline
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Mexico’s Manufacturing Activity Is Decelerating

    Mexican markets may be starting to overcome Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///Untitled
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investors Should Watch These Economic Indicators This Week

    The iShares MSCI ACWI ETF (ACWI), which tracks the performance of the global market, rose 1.1% in December 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///China manufacturing PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Manufacturing Growth in China Stalled in April: FXI down 1.25%

    Manufacturing growth in China stalled in April, after rising in March. According to the National Bureau of Statistics’ report, China’s PMI held steady at 50.10 in April.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///Rising Global Manufacturing PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did Emerging Market Manufacturing Activity Slow in May 2017?

    The global manufacturing sector seems to be slowing down, reflected in the May 2017 manufacturing PMI’s three-month low. Global economic activity had experienced an uptrend since 4Q16.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Fund Managers

    Why Citi Believes Synchronized Tightening Isn’t Visible Yet

    In November 2017, the Bank of England implemented its first rate hike nearly after a decade.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///High yield EM bonds
    Company & Industry Overviews

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Equity Home Bias Puzzle

    In this series, we’ll look at the prevalence of home bias, the disadvantages of favoring home bias, and the benefits of international diversification.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Aging World Means a Graying Workforce

    We’re in a rapidly aging world. According to the United Nations World Population Prospects report, the median age of the world is estimated to grow from 29 years in 2010 to 36 years by 2050.

    By Chip Castille
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Tech Adoption Rates Have Reached Dizzying Heights

    Technology (XLK) is advancing by leaps and bounds. The diffusion and adoption rates for new technologies have risen over the years as the population has become more tech-savvy.

    By Rick Rieder
  • uploads///Iron ore companies performance
    Earnings Report

    Cliffs Natural Resources: Outlook on the Seaborne Iron Ore Market

    According to Cliffs Natural Resources’ Lourenco Goncalves, the situation in the seaborne iron ore market is the making of big Australian iron ore miners.

    By Anuradha Garg
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Should Investors Be Concerned about a Grexit?

    Grexit might not precipitate a financial contagion, but the possibility of a political contagion is very likely. Spain and Italy may decide to follow suit.

    By Heidi Richardson
  • uploads///Retirement
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Prudential’s US Retirement Solutions to See a Fall in Revenues

    Prudential’s US Retirement Solutions and Investment Management division is contracted over the past few quarters on lower annuities and asset management income.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What investors should know about the World Economic Forum

    Discussions at the World Economic Forum can give you insight into the thought process of business and government leaders.

    By David Ashworth
  • Financials

    Must-know: American stocks have outshone the rest so far in 2014

    Although better economic data over the next few months could support stocks, negative cues from Europe, the Middle East, or China could send stocks tumbling.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///US Producer Price Index Fell in March
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Producer Price Index Fell: Difficult Path ahead for the Fed

    On April 13, the U.S. Department of Labor declared that its producer price index fell 0.1% in March—compared to a 0.2% drop in February.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Financials

    Must-know: Risks of investing in the frontier

    You need to exercise caution while investing in frontier markets due to problems of liquidity and high concentration in the finance sector.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • uploads///UK GDP Surprised the Market in the Third Quarter of
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the UK’s 3Q16 GDP Surprised Markets

    According to a report provided by the UK Office for National Statistics, the UK’s (EWU) economic growth stood at 0.5% in 3Q16.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch Next Week

    Let’s take a look at the major developed market economic indicators investors should keep an eye on next week.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Returns of International Funds in YTD
    Company & Industry Overviews

    2016 Has Been a Testing Time for International Funds

    With one-third of 2016 yet to go, international funds have already had an action packed year. Events haven’t been restricted to a specific region or market.

    By David Ashworth
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