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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Aging Population May Keep Global Growth Muted

    An aging population is likely to keep global economic growth muted in the years to come. This is primarily because the dynamics of the population are rapidly changing.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Fund Flows Continue to Rise in the European Union

    Fund flows in European equities (EFA) have expanded at a slower pace since 2011. Overall, they’ve grown at an average of 10% over the past three years.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Labor Market Slack Impacts Prices and Wages

    If the unemployment gap is declining and the participation gap is rising, it could be due to an increase in labor market slack.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    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
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    Fund Managers

    Why Do Central Bankers Continue to Surprise Bill Gross?

    In his recent webcast by Janus Capital, Bill Gross expressed his surprise at the extent to which central bankers of the developed world (EFA) (VEA) have distorted the financial system.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Assessing the currency debate surrounding the Scottish referendum

    If the Scottish referendum votes yes on September 18, it would mean that Scotland would become independent of the United Kingdom. One key issue that would arise from that would be currency. There are three lines of thought in this regard.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Amazon Offers Package Delivery Service to the Trunk of Your Car

    In the past, Amazon has faced criticism over late delivery that relied on package delivery companies such as United Parcel Service (UPS) and FedEx (FDX).

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Earnings Report

    The Word on the Street: What Analysts Recommend for Cisco Systems

    Cisco has generated investor returns of 5.9% in the trailing 12-month period, and -3.9% in the trailing one-month period. It generated 0.6% in 2015.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Volatility Is Likely to Stay High

    With growth projections of most major economies falling, it is likely that volatility will stay elevated.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Why Scotland wants independence despite the advantages of the UK

    The United Kingdom (or UK) has sunk an awfully long way since the 19th century. But it remains the world’s sixth-largest economy and the second-largest in Europe behind Germany.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Do Analysts View Cisco?

    Cisco (CSCO) has generated investor returns of -5.7% in the trailing-12-month period and -3% in the trailing-one-month period.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Consumption Will Remain Soft in Australia

    Much like US consumers, Australian consumers are in the process of repairing their balance sheets.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Slower Growth Has a Silver Lining!

    Slower growth has a silver lining: the potential for greater monetary and fiscal stimulus.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Cisco Systems: How Did It Do in Fiscal 4Q16 and Fiscal 2016?

    On August 17, 2016, Cisco Systems (CSCO) announced its fiscal 4Q16 and fiscal 2016 results. It reported revenue of $12.6 billion, an increase of 2% YoY.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Are the Rate Hike Implications for Emerging Markets?

    An interest rate hike in the United States (IVV) is likely to pose a huge challenge to emerging markets.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    EU Equities Decline on Greece’s Woes in Week Ended May 29

    EU equities outperformed other major markets in 2015 due to quantitative easing announced by the European Central Bank, a weaker currency, and rising exports.

    By Robert Karr
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    Miscellaneous

    How Wall Street Analysts View Juniper Networks

    Of the 29 analysts covering Juniper Networks (JNPR), nine gave it a “buy” recommendation, two recommended a “sell,” and 18 gave it a “hold” recommendation.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Earnings Report

    What Can Investors Expect from Nokia’s Upcoming 3Q16 Earnings?

    Nokia (NOK) will be announcing its 3Q16 results on October 27, 2016. Analysts estimate revenues of $6.5 billion with a low estimate of $6.3 billion and a high of $6.7 billion.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How an Aging Population Could Affect Your Portfolio

    One of the big-picture shifts currently taking place is aging populations, especially in developed nations. Populations are rapidly aging in most developed countries.

    By Rick Rieder
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Israeli Stocks Look Attractive

    Israeli stocks (ISL) are trading at attractive valuations. The Tel Aviv 25 Index is trading at 15.7 times its trailing-12-month earnings.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Nokia Is Cutting Jobs in France

    Nokia’s French R&D unit, where the company is required to have hired a total of 2,500 employees before the end of 2018, is expected to be spared the layoff.

    By Ruchi Gupta
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    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
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Abe’s ‘Third Arrow’ to Benefit Investors in Japanese Equity

    Quantitative easing measures in Japan are making Japanese equity attractive. Abe’s third arrow of Abenomics should boost corporate profitability and, consequently, Japanese equity.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Facebook’s Top 3 Priorities

    Investment research firm Zenith estimates that worldwide spending on online video ads rose 23.0% to $27.2 billion in 2017.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Latest European Economic Data Points to Recovery

    The latest European economic data point to a recovery. However, there are still several sectors, such as housing, where demand is weak.

    By Mohit Oberoi, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    Apple’s Comments on Apple Watch and App Store Businesses

    App Store revenues were up 29% in fiscal 2Q15 from 2Q14. In Europe, the App Store’s success helped generate $7.5 billion for European developers since 2008.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Federal Funds Rate: Why The US Dollar Could Appreciate Further

    The federal funds rate is a tool that the Fed uses to control the interest rate in the economy. The rate has been close to zero for over six years.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Paul Krugman Thinks about Japan’s Yield Curve Control Policy

    In its latest policy move, the Bank of Japan left rates unchanged and delayed inflation target timings for the Japanese economy (EWJ) (HEWJ) (DXJ).

    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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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Quadruple Play and the European Cable Industry

    Altice hopes to replicate Europe’s “quadruple play” model in the United States. Quadruple play is the bundling of high-speed Internet, television, land line, and mobile service in one package.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why GoPro Is So Optimistic about Asia Sales

    GoPro believes it can grow sales in developing economies such as India and China by focusing on online sales.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investing in Latin America Can Bear Fruit, but Should We?

    With commodity prices recovering and major developed markets (EFA) (VEA) caught in the lull, Latin America should see sunnier days ahead.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Miscellaneous

    PC Sales Fall in 2Q15 due to the Fall in PC Shipments

    On July 9, Gartner reported that global PC shipments fell by 9.50% to 68.4 million units on a YoY basis in 2Q15—the steepest fall recorded since 3Q13.

    By Anne Shields
  • 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
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    Financials

    Ray Dalio: The Next Downturn May Be a Difficult One to Reverse

    “The next downturn may be a difficult one for central banks to reverse,” warned Ray Dalio, CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Emerging Market Dividend Payers Currently Offer Value

    Emerging market dividend payers are offering value, given their high volatility.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside Routers: Who Are the Major Players in the Routing Market?

    Routers are connected to a minimum of two networks and decide which way to send information, based on the understanding of the networks.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Fund Managers

    Stanley Druckenmiller Exited Position in EEM

    Stanley Druckenmiller also sold his position in the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM).

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Is It Time to Fix America’s Ailing Infrastructure?

    The consistent decline in public spending over the last 20 years has led to weak and inefficient infrastructure in the US. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average age of highways and streets is 28.4 years.

    By Jean Boivin
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Google Is Boosting Its Renewable Energy Portfolio

    Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google recently inked new deals to boost its renewable energy profile, Bloomberg has reported.

    By Neha Gupta
  • Financials

    Must-know: What investment-grade corporate bonds expect in 2015

    U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds (LQD) weathered higher market volatility well in 2014. They’ve been a steady source of returns for investors.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Can Global Markets Continue to Surge?

    Since the start of the year, global markets have recovered well. The S&P 500 has risen 15.5%, emerging markets have risen 17.2%, and developed markets have risen 13.2%.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    US Equity Is Expensive, so Where Can I Look for Relative Value?

    US equity has become expensive, and its PE ratio continues to be elevated despite the fact that companies in the United States have been using the low-interest rate regime to financially lever their earnings.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Earnings Report

    Coach’s Pricing Strategies Benefit Its Margins

    Coach’s gross margin expanded to 71.6% in 3Q15 from 71.1% in 3Q14. Coach reduced the frequency of its in-store and online promotions, which should boost its margins.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Market Realist Chronicles: Taking Advantage of a Political Disaster in Turkey, at a 9.2x P/E

    We can expect low short-term interest rates through 2015, despite the fact that tapering will probably continue next year.

    By Liam Odalis
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    Earnings Report

    Amazon Is Expected to Grow Its Market Share 16% in 5 Years

    Wall Street is largely bullish on Amazon’s (AMZN) prospects, with the stock being rated a “buy” by 48 analysts, a “hold” by five analysts, and a “sell” by only one analyst.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Inside IBM’s New Blockchain-Based Platform

    IBM (IBM) recently announced that it would be building a blockchain-based platform—the basis of bitcoin currency—for seven prominent European.

    By Anne Shields
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    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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    Fund Managers

    What Were Jim Chanos’s Largest Holdings in 3Q17?

    In 3Q17, Jim Chanos has made a substantial investment in the finance sector (XLF) and various ETFs.

    By Sarah Sands
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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
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    Earnings Report

    How Facebook’s International Business Is Looking

    The US (SPY) accounts for the greatest portion of Facebook’s revenues with more than 49% of overall revenue in the latest quarter coming from the US and Canada.

    By Neha Gupta
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    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
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    Real Insights

    The Economic Costs That Come with Climate Goals

    Climate-related policies and a transition to a low-carbon economy require capital, and most countries are already burdened with high debt.

    By Sushree Mohanty
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Diversification Is More than Just a Buzzword

    Diversification is important because a diversified portfolio has higher risk-adjusted returns than a portfolio exposed to only one security.

    By Nelli Oster, PhD
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consider Allocating to Emerging Market Small Caps

    Emerging markets also appear cheap at the moment compared to US stocks. EEMS is likely to be more volatile (VXX) than EEM.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Earnings Report

    What Happens if Snap Sticks to Developed Markets?

    IDC notes that ~85% of worldwide spending—totaling $5 trillion—on mobile ads is claimed by the top ten advertising markets, all of which are in the developed world.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Real Insights

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bill Gross Endorses a Corollary to Gresham’s Law

    In his Investment Outlook for November, fund manager Bill Gross sees a corollary to Gesham’s law. Gross thinks that cheap money drives out good money.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at Emerging Markets PMI Reports in December 2017

    In this series, we’ll analyze the manufacturing and services activity of China, India, and Brazil (EEM) in December 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    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.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Do Analysts Recommend for Juniper?

    Juniper Networks (JNPR) has generated investor returns of -15.6% in the trailing-12-month period and -0.8% in the trailing-one-month period.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    US Equities’ Valuations Decline on Global Data: Week Ending June 5

    Currently, US equities (SPY) are trading at 17.7x on a one-year forward earnings basis. Valuations decreased by 0.78% in the week ending June 5, 2015.

    By Robert Karr
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    Fund Managers

    Goldman Sachs: What to Watch in 2017

    After the announcement of the US election’s outcome, S&P 500 futures (SPY) and Dow futures recovered some points, closing positively at the end of the day.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Global Equity Markets Have Fallen Steeply in the Past Year

    Global equity markets (EFA) have been on a rollercoaster ride for the past few months. The sharp fall in stocks last year was initially triggered by fears of a hard landing in China (MCHI).

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Apple Could Reduce its App Store Fees for Subscriptions

    Although Apple’s App Store business is a fast-growing one, the company wants even faster growth. Revenues from the App Store were up 29% in fiscal 2Q15.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European Equities Rise on Expectation of Further Stimulus

    European equities rose as the ECB’s president hinted at further stimulus for the European economy amid falling commodities and a slowing global economy.

    By Robert Karr
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Did the Market Want from Mario Draghi?

    The higher level provided by Mario Draghi, the ECB’s president, indicated that the economy might be slowing at a faster pace than the expected level.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Earnings Season Is Expected to Impact US Equity Valuations

    The upcoming earnings season can help you understand whether the markets will see prolonged consolidation or upward movement from existing valuations.

    By Robert Karr
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    Earnings Report

    NIKE Defies Macro Headwinds In Europe

    NIKE is in the midst of transforming the Western Europe market. It’s looking to improve profitability by increasing the premium on its brand.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Miscellaneous

    What Were Cisco’s Major Acquisitions in Fiscal 3Q16?

    In fiscal 3Q16, Cisco (CSCO) closed five acquisitions. It acquired Jasper Technologies, making Cisco the largest cloud-based IoT (Internet of Things) service platform.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will Emerging Market Underperformance Persist?

    Emerging market underperformance has eroded investor wealth by -16.6% since 2011. Emerging market stocks have suffered due to slowing growth.

    By Nelli Oster, PhD
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    Miscellaneous

    Nokia Acquires Alcatel-Lucent to Challenge Ericsson

    Nokia agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction that values the deal at $16.6 billion. The merger will help reduce operating expenses.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Financials

    Why You Shouldn’t Write Off Emerging Market Stocks Just Yet

    2015 was a tumultuous year for emerging markets, to say the least. According to the IIF, emerging market assets registered outflows of $735 billion last year.

    By Aberdeen Closed-End Funds
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    Financials

    Consumer confidence is up, but spending is still down in Spain

    When will the consumer come back to Spain? Consumer confidence is an important indicator to follow, as it measures the pulse of an important driver of the economy, the end consumers whose demand creates businesses. As with other economic indicators discussed in this series, it’s not so much the level of an indicator that’s important […]

    By James Malthus, Macro Analyst
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    Financials

    US taper in 2014 will be a tailwind for the yen exchange rate

    While the US slows and eventually stops QE (quantitative easing), Japan will continue and likely increase QE In Part 1 of this series, I made the case that the BoJ (Bank of Japan) will likely step up its monetary easing, as current efforts haven’t led to the level of inflation it’s targeting. At the same […]

    By James Malthus, Macro Analyst
  • Basic Materials

    Retirement pick: Gold and the long-term investor

    There is often a debate among academics, financial gurus, asset managers, and advisors as to the place for non-traditional assets in a portfolio.

    By Mike Kane
  • Financials

    Why the outlook is sunnier in Japan, the land of the rising sun

    In the policy statement, the BOJ said that it would continue its second round of monetary easing “as long as it is necessary for maintaining that target in a stable manner.”

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why emerging markets have underachieved since 2013

    I’ve been writing a lot lately about investing in emerging markets. It’s no wonder, then, that many investors are asking me for more details regarding my views of emerging market debt and equities.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Should you worry about the growing debt in emerging markets?

    Overall, emerging markets have debt levels relative to both gross domestic product and income that are still considerably lower than those of developed markets.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Financials

    Why are investors becoming bearish for Greek bonds and stocks?

    After four years under a rescue program by the IMF, the EU, and ECB, Athens has largely repaired its finances.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    Why the ECB is implementing new credit easing measures

    With the introduction of credit easing measures, the ECB intends to revive lending, and thus, growth and economic activity in the European economy.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    World events cool market reaction to upbeat jobs figures

    A decrease in initial claims signals improvement in labor market fundamentals. For the third consecutive week, claims fell below the 300,000 level.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Why inefficient and excessive trading can drastically cut profits

    Many investors tend to move in and out of positions in an inefficient way, reducing their potential profits. This may be because individual investors are often overly confident in their own abilities to beat the market.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
  • Financials

    Why Scotland’s future is important to the UK and the rest of Europe

    The Scottish economy stands firmly on four pillars: financial services, tourism, whisky, and oil. Scotland is one of Europe’s leading financial centers and the second financial hub in the United Kingdom outside of London.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • Financials

    The key arguments of the Yes campaign of the Scottish referendum

    The voting result of the Scottish Referendum, due September 18, will have a direct bearing on Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the 28-member European Union as a whole.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Overview: 3 things to know about currency hedging

    Your total return depends on both equity and currency returns, which are sensitive to economic, political, and market events, and fluctuate over time.

    By BlackRock
  • Financials

    Emerging and advanced market divide impacts sovereign risk

    A financial or economic crisis in a foreign country could affect other countries included in the asset class or in the geographic area. Bond spreads could widen for other affected countries, despite the fact that their economic fundamentals were actually improving. This is especially true for emerging market debt.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Must-know: Investing in Portugal

    The Global X FTSE Portugal 20 ETF (PGAL) retreated 3.99% on the news of the bailout. The fund tracks the FTSE Portugal 20 Index and holds a small basket of 20 stocks. So far, PGAL has gathered $35.2 million in assets. The product is heavily concentrated in its top ten holdings that form about three-fourth of the total fund assets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Icahn Identifies a Key Motivation behind the Buyback Spree in the US

    Carl Icahn is one of the first activist investors to voice his opinion against share buybacks. He believes that companies are increasingly putting money into buybacks instead of using them for much-needed capital improvements.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Bill Gross: Unfortunately, We Aren’t Playing Monopoly

    In Monopoly, the $200 of credit creation never changes. In the real economy, credit creation isn’t guaranteed to occur at the same pace each year.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    What If Low Interest Rates Don’t Result in Increased Lending?

    With most of the developed world at near zero or negative yields, the contribution of lowering interest rates to the velocity of money is diminishing.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    A Trump Presidency: What Are the Odds?

    With Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump in the polls before Tuesday’s US presidential election, the projected results are still uncertain. However, a Trump victory may not be good news for those invested in emerging markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Emerging Markets Have Been Leading Stock Returns in 2016

    While developed markets have been caught in a lull, we’ve seen emerging markets grab the spotlight. Emerging markets have been leading stock market returns so far in 2016.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Must-know: Minimizing ETF losses by observing max drawdowns

    In practice, asset owners (both retail and institutional) want to avoid significant portfolio drawdowns even if the benchmark index declines.

    By Aniket Ullal
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    Financials

    Inflation is tapering down and stabilizing in emerging markets

    Brazil (EWZ) and India, in particular, are still struggling with stubbornly high inflation due to supply-side factors. This is partly why Brazil’s central bank is busy hiking rates despite the country’s growth challenges.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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