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    Cryptocurrency & Blockchain

    HSBC Bans Bitcoin Proxy MicroStrategy—Here’s Why

    By Mark Prvulovic
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    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
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Household Spending Provided Respite for UK Economic Growth

    With household spending gathering pace, it could be an important growth driver for the United Kingdom’s economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Financials

    Market Realist Chronicles: Global investment strategy and outlook for 2014, Part 1

    At the close of December 2013, the S&P 500 was up 29.5%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was up 26.5%, the Nasdaq was up 38.2%, and the Russell 2000 was up 37.0%.

    By Liam Odalis
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    UK Services PMI, Draghi’s Reassurance Lifted EWU by 0.06%

    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, reaffirmed the ECB’s plan to provide a fresh monetary stimulus in December to boost inflation in the region if needed.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Understanding PayPal’s Choice Transition

    PayPal reported that its payment transaction per active account increased 12.0% year-over-year in 1Q17.

    By Neha Gupta
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    Miscellaneous

    Which Sectors in the UK Will the ‘Brexit’ Decision Affect Most?

    The financial sector has contributed heavily to the UK economy. Financial institutions like HSBC and Barclays will face challenges doing business in the EU.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    British Pound Rallies on Strong Inflation Numbers

    On August 18, the annualized CPI showed an increase of 0.1% and beat the forecasts. The clothing and footwear sector drove the increase in inflation.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Snapshot of the UK Economy and Its Prospects

    The UK economy thrives on its robust financial sector, which is boosted by revenues generated from the North Sea, a region rich in energy resources.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Pound Sterling Rose Slightly Due to the Sustained Euro Sell-Off

    The pound sterling ended on a slightly positive note against the US dollar on November 17, even though the inflation levels fell on an annual basis in October.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    EWU Rises as Bank of England Holds Firm on Interest Rates

    The Bank of England’s MPC voted to hold interest rates at 0.5%, which strengthened the pound sterling against the euro and dollar. The EWU rose by 0.89%.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    SABMiller Rises 1.30% on Proposed Takeover Bid by Anheuser-Busch

    SABMiller (SAB) gained 1.30% and topped the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) on September 28.

    By Renee Blakely
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Eurozone May Need More Monetary Stimulus

    GDP (gross domestic product) growth was expected to rise in Q2 on the back of the monetary stimulus from the ECB to boost economic activity.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    United Kingdom’s Services PMI Was Weaker in May

    The United Kingdom’s weaker services PMI was due to slower improvement in new business orders, domestic demand, and export orders in May 2017.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Fund Managers

    August 2015’s Top High-Grade Bond Issuers

    US corporates were the highest issuers of high-grade bonds in August 2015, making up 35.4% of all issues. Yankee bond issuers came in second.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Understanding the Phenomenal Growth of ASEAN Nations

    The growth of the ASEAN member nations has been extraordinary, to say the least. The GDP for the region expanded at a whopping 313% between 2001 and 2013.

    By Aberdeen Asian Equities Team
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the Pound Emulate the US Dollar’s Strength in 2016?

    The situation for the pound sterling in 2016 is similar to the US dollar’s situation in 2015. The markets are expecting a rise towards mid-2016.

    By David Meyer
  • Financials

    Cyclical factors that contributed to unemployment in the Eurozone

    Cyclical unemployment is a product of business cycles. A business cycle refers to periods of expansion or recession. In Europe’s case, weak gross domestic product (or GDP) data across the 18-nation economy continues to reflect the Eurozone’s weakness.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Sovereign debt crisis contributed to the Eurozone’s unemployment

    A sovereign debt crisis is a situation where economic and financial problems are caused by a country’s inability to pay its public debt. This usually happens when a country reaches critically high debt levels and suffers from low economic growth.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Structural factors that contributed to unemployment in the Eurozone

    Structural unemployment occurs for numerous reasons. It’s usually due to a lack of requisite job skills among workers. It can also be caused by a lack of workers’ willingness to work because of existing low wage levels.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates Has Something Interesting to Say about Brexit

    Bridgewater Associates, which is managed by billionaire investor Ray Dalio, has warned its clients that a Brexit win could spread among EU countries.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Financials

    Service Sector’s Contribution Has Been Rising in the UK

    Let’s now take a look at specific risks that could arise for businesses as a consequence of Brexit.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Technology & Communications

    HSBC Cuts Target on Apple, Warns of Dire Consequences of Tariffs

    Today, HSBC (HSBC) cut its price target on Apple (AAPL) to $174 from $180.

    By Jitendra Parashar
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    Basic Materials

    LyondellBasell: Analysts’ Views and Recommendations

    For LyondellBasell, 30% of the analysts recommended a “buy,” 65% recommended a “hold,” and 5% recommended a “sell.”

    By Peter Neil
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    Consumer

    A Look into IBM’s Growth Strategy

    Consistent growth in the cloud and mainframe systems enabled IBM to post a lower-than-expected fall in its revenues in 3Q17.

    By Anne Shields
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Wall Street’s Views and Recommendations for Praxair

    About 45.0% of the analysts covering Praxair (PX) stock have recommended a “buy,” and 50.0% have recommended a “hold.”

    By Peter Neil
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Wall Street Analysts Recommend for LyondellBasell

    The latest analyst consensus indicates LYB’s 12-month target to be at $94.83, implying a potential return of 17.2% from the closing price of $80.89 as of June 26, 2017.

    By Peter Neil
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Will the European Central Bank Follow the Fed?

    On its own stage across the Atlantic from the US Fed, the ECB (European Central Bank) has had its own quantitative easing program.

    By Ricky Cove
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    How European Equities Compare to US Equities in 2016–2017

    European stocks are expected to rise in 2017, but you need to be cautious of unexpected political outcomes in 2017.

    By Mary Sadler
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Olin’s New $500 Million Debt to Clear Term Loans

    On March 6, 2017, Olin (OLN) announced the pricing of its $500.0 million senior notes. It said the notes will be issued at 100.0% par value.

    By Peter Neil
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    Earnings Report

    How Do Analysts Rate Emerson Electric Stock ahead of 1Q17 Results?

    Of the 25 analysts covering Emerson Electric stock, three analysts gave the company a “buy” rating, 17 analysts gave it a “hold” recommendation, and five analysts recommended it as a “sell.”

    By Sheldon Krieger
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Are Retail Sales Low in the United Kingdom?

    The Office of National Statistics published the retail sales for June at a six-month low. Retail sales fell by 0.9% on a month-over-month basis.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Explains an Average YTD 2016 for the USAA International Fund?

    The USAA International Fund (USIFX) is right in the middle of the pack as far as its point-to-point returns for YTD 2016 are concerned—it is placed sixth.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Dell Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    Dell Corporation issued Baa3/BBB- rated high-grade bonds worth $20.0 billion via six parts on May 17.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Issuance Reaches 10-Week High

    Investment-grade corporate bonds worth $51.4 billion were issued in the primary market in the week ending May 20, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Real Estate Bubble: George Soros Shows Why It Will Burst

    According to George Soros, the Chinese property and construction bubble can grow and feed itself like in the United States in 2005–06.

    By Sarah Sands
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Financials Hurt, Industrials Helped VEURX in 1Q16

    The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund – Investor Shares (VEURX) fell 2.4% in 1Q16, which placed it in the middle of the pack of the 12 funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Spurred by the Brexit, the Pound’s Implied Volatility Is Rising

    The rise in the pound-dollar pair’s implied volatility has been a strong 26% compared to a fall of 10.5% in the euro-dollar exchange rate volatility.

    By David Meyer
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    Fund Managers

    An Overview of MACSX

    MACSX has existed since September 1994 and has an expense ratio of 1.1%. A minimum of $2,500 is required to invest in this fund.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Were International Mutual Funds Beneficial over the Last Year?

    International mutual funds are the most convenient way to spread your investment across companies in all major economies.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Yield Bonds and You in 2016

    High-yield bonds, also known as Junk bonds, have an iffy repayment ability, even if they are at the higher end of the junk rating scale.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    VWEHX Is a Safe Fund If Liquidity Temporarily Dries Up

    VWEHX looks like one of the safest funds to be around in case liquidity dries up temporarily. The fund mainly avoided investing in the deep end of the junk category.

    By David Ashworth
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    Miscellaneous

    Is the United Kingdom’s 2017 Referendum Inevitable?

    The United Kingdom will hold a referendum by the end of 2017. It will decide whether to stay in or leave the EU. The referendum is a nationwide voting system.

    By Sarah Sands
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflation and Economic Growth Forecasts Drive Monetary Policy

    Policymakers feel that the ECB monetary policy actions have been effective and have contributed towards their objective.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did AQMIX Perform Compared to the Market?

    The AQR Managed Futures Strategy Fund STR I (AQMIX) uses the modern alternative hedge fund strategy “Managed Futures” for investment purposes.

    By Ivan Kading
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    British Pound Recedes due to Disappointing Construction PMI

    The British pound fell sharply against the US dollar on December 2, 2015, due to negative manufacturing and construction PMIs for the month of November.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Pound Moves On Third Quarter GDP Estimates

    The pound sterling ended on a lower note versus the US dollar on November 27, 2015, as GDP growth in the third quarter slowed in line with expectations.

    By David Meyer
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    Earnings Report

    Understanding Deutsche Bank’s Segments

    Deutsche Bank operates under five segments. Corporate Banking & Securities contributes 50% to Deutsche Bank’s revenues.

    By Rebecca Keats
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Household Disposable Income Rose and Helped Economic Growth

    The Household and Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households saving ratio was estimated to be 4.70% in the second quarter—compared to 4% in the first quarter.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Oracle Made another Marketing Cloud Acquisition: Maxymiser

    On August 20, 2015, Oracle (ORCL) announced the acquisition of Maxymiser. The financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed.

    By Anne Shields
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Expectations Rose for the Eurozone, Fell for Germany in August

    All major US exchange-traded funds tracking Eurozone equity fell on August 11 as the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment came out for August.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Emerging Market Equities Post Marginal Gains

    The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) extended its gains from early April into last week ended on April 17, 2015.

    By Robert Karr
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ally Financial and Whiting Petroleum: The Biggest Debt Issuers

    Ally Financial (ALLY) provided financial services and products to auto dealers in the US. It issued $1.25 billion in BB+ rated senior notes in two tranches.

    By David Ashworth
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Grade Corporate Issuers Have Returned to the Market

    When the rate does rise, it will mean an increasing interest rate environment, where corporate issuers may be required to pay more interest to creditors.

    By David Ashworth
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