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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing the BoJ’s Monetary Policy Enhancement Measures

    The BoJ’s monetary policy was the most awaited macro event this week. It was the first major central bank to expand its easing program after the Brexit vote.

    By David Meyer
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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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    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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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Hunting for Yield: Looking beyond Japan

    Japan is the largest accessible bond market in Asia (source: Barclays Multiverse Index as of 7/29/16), but the problem is the yields for many local bonds are negative.

    By Matt Tucker, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why To Expect Muted Returns from US Equities

    We can expect muted returns from US equities going forward. US stocks face the prospect of higher interest rates, albeit gradual and from unusually low levels.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japanese Trade Surplus Rose in June, Imports Fell More than Exports

    The trade surplus for Japan increased to 692.8 billion yen for June—compared to a deficit of 60.9 billion yen in the same month last year.

    By David Meyer
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    Financials

    Gundlach Looks for Evidence that Negative Rates May Support Markets

    With developed markets such as Japan (EWJ) and Europe (FEZ) (VGK) resorting to negative rates, it only makes investing sense to analyze how negative rates stand to affect stock markets.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Gundlach’s Advice to Japanese and European Investors in US Treasury

    US Treasuries are set for their second consecutive month of losses for the first time this year.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The IMF Sees Improvement in Japanese Economic Growth Forecasts

    The IMF expects Japanese economic growth to be 0.5% in 2016—the same as in 2015—and to tick up to 0.6% in 2017.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Bank of Japan Wants to Overshoot Its Inflation Commitment

    One of the key features of Japan’s new monetary policy framework is its inflation-overshooting commitment.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Inflation Expectations Are Set in Japan

    Kuroda pointed out that due to global headwinds, inflation in Japan took a hit from the sharp decline in crude oil prices and the slowdown in China.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Economy Exhibits Flat Growth, Abe Feels the Pressure

    Japan’s economy showed no growth on a quarterly basis in 2Q16—compared to growth of 0.5% in the previous quarter and forecasts of a 0.2% expansion.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Structural Reforms Are Needed to Spur the Japanese Economy

    Market participants believe that the BoJ (Bank of Japan) needs to do more to beat deflation and propel the Japanese economy to sustainable long-term growth.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Monetary Policy Isn’t Enough to Boost the Japanese Economy

    The BoJ is the one of the largest holders of Japanese (DFJ) government bonds and also a major player in equity markets.

    By Richard Turnill
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Investors Should Look beyond the United States

    There is no question that the six-year bull run has left very little room for value in US markets. Investors should look beyond the United States to opportunities abroad.

    By Dennis Stattman
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investing in Japan Has Some Risks

    Currency risk is an important factor if you invest in an ETF that holds foreign stocks. In Japan, the falling yen has helped exporters such as Toyota, Sony, and Canon.

    By David Ashworth
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