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  • uploads///Comparison of One Month Mean Return and Volatility of FEZ and Its Top Performers
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Anheuser-Busch Outperformed L’Oréal on November 11

    Anheuser-Busch (AHBIF) had the highest mean-return-to-volatility ratio of 6.7% compared to FEZ’s other performers.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Yield on the  Year Italian Government Bond
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why All the Talk about Tapering in Europe?

    It’s important to remember that the ECB (European Central Bank) hasn’t officially announced that it’s discussing tapering

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the FAIDX
    Fund Managers

    A Look at FAIDX’s Year-to-Date Portfolio Changes

    Fidelity Advisor International Discovery Fund overview The Fidelity Advisor International Discovery Fund (FAIDX) primarily invests in non-US securities and prefers common stocks for investing in equities. Its assets are spread across multiple regions. The fund’s management uses a fundamental analysis of factors such as an issuer’s financial condition and industry position, as well as market […]

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///USAA International Fund
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has the USAA International Fund Performed in 2016?

    Consumer staples have been the biggest positive contributors to the USIFX in YTD 2016.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the USIFX
    Consumer

    What’s the Sector Composition of the USAA International Fund?

    The USAA International Fund invests at least 80% of its assets in foreign equities.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Financials, Discretionary Hurting Key Vanguard European Fund

    The Vanguard European Stock Index Fund Investor Shares (VEURX) has fallen 3.2% year-to-date (or YTD). Let’s see why.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Is the Europe 30 ProFund Enjoying 2016 So Far?

    The Europe 30 ProFund Investor Class (UEPIX) has risen 1.9% YTD (year-to-date). It’s one of only two funds in this review to have risen in the period.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the USIFX
    Fund Managers

    Portfolio Moves of the USAA International Fund in YTD 2016

    The USAA International Fund (USIFX) invests at least 80% of its assets in foreign equities.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Financials Hurt AXEAX in 1Q16

    The Columbia European Equity Fund – Class A (AXEAX) fell 3.7% in 1Q16, making it a below-average performer among the 12 funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Alpha Has Eluded PEUGX in One Year to March 15

    Along with a negative information ratio, PEUGX also posted a negative alpha in the one-year period ended March 15, 2016. This placed it tenth among the 12 funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///ECB stimulus
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Was the ECB Monetary Policy in March Such a Surprise?

    Even though participants were expecting the ECB to take measures on March 10 to stoke inflationary pressure in the Eurozone, the announcements at the meeting took most by surprise.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads/// Yr and  Yr Treasury Yield and Movement in TLT
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Did US Treasury Yields React to ECB’s Stimulus Announcement?

    US Treasury yields jumped across the yield curve for the week ended March 11, 2016, after Mario Draghi announced an interest rate cut in the Eurozone.

    By Lynn Noah
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    How Has the AB International Growth Fund Performed?

    The AB International Growth Fund is invested in companies like Roche Holding (RHHBY), Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), ING Groep (ING), TAL Education Group (XRS), and Tata Motors (TTM).

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///EURO STOXX  Volatility Index
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Should You Look to European Stocks for Growth?

    European stocks began the year with a lot of hope pinned on them for providing capital appreciation in the year.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///ECB
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Hawkish to Dovish: The ECB and the Tumbling Euro

    In mid-2008, the ECB raised interest rates to 4.25%, keeping a hawkish stance to control mounting inflation pressures. But in September 2014, it cut interest rates to a record low of 0.05%.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Bank of Portugal Defied Pari Passu: What Does It Mean?

    By assigning five of Novo Banco’s 52 senior bonds to Banco Espirito Santo, the Bank of Portugal defied the principle of pari passu.

    By Surbhi Jain
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Moving Average Analysis of FEZ’s Banking Industry

    The continuous fall in commodity and crude oil prices was one of the major factors behind the banking industry’s poor performance in 2015.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Anheuser Busch Since January
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Anheuser-Busch Rose by 22% in 2015

    Anheuser-Busch (BUD) provided the positive return of 22% in FEZ in 2015. Currently, the stock is trading at 114.6 euros. Its 52-week high is 119.65 euros.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Eurozone GDP Growth Rate
    Miscellaneous

    How Did the Eurozone Perform in the Past Year?

    The Eurozone’s economy provided a modest GDP (gross domestic product) growth rate of 0.4% in 2015. It was below the consensus estimate.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Eurozone Sector wise GDP in
    Miscellaneous

    Analyzing the European Union’s GDP Composition

    The EU’s (European Union) GDP (gross domestic product) depends on the service sector. The service sector contributes ~73.90% towards the EU’s (EZU) GDP.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Total versus ENI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Total Topped FEZ: What Impacted Its Returns?

    On December 18, 2015, the stocks at the top of the SPDR Euro STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ) were Total, Muenchener Rueckver, Volkswagen, Sanofi, and ING Groep.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Sanofi versus Bayer
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sanofi Tops FEZ, Applies for First Dengue Vaccine in India

    On Friday, December 11, 2015, the stocks at the top of FEZ were Industria De Diseno, Sanofi (SNY), UniCredit, ING Groep, and L’Oréal. It’s worth noting that all these stocks had negative returns that day.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Performance of Volkswagen vs Daimler Since November
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Volkswagen Rises the Most of FEZ’s Holdings despite Scandal

    Yesterday, the stocks at the top of the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ) were Volkswagen (VLKAY), Repsol, Total (TOT), ENI (EAA), and ING Groep (ING).

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Untitled
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Banking Stocks Were FEZ’s Biggest Losers

    On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, All of FEZ’s major losers belonged to the banking industry. All the banking stocks were trading below their respective moving averages.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Euro zone Deposit Rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European Central Bank: December’s Monetary Policy Actions

    The ECB (European Central Bank) announced its monetary policy decision on December 3, 2015, outlining several decisions.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///ECBs Deposit rate versus Refinancing rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The ECB Disappoints Markets with Its Monetary Policy Decisions

    The ECB declared its key policy decisions after its meeting on December 3, 2015. The ECB’s Chief announced major moves at a press conference.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Portfolio Break down of the PEUGX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Closer Look at the Portfolio of the Putnam Europe Equity Fund

    Financials have maintained their status as the largest sector In the Putnam Europe Equity Fund throughout the one-year period ended October 2015.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///TGVAXs Top Ten Invested Geographies
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Thornburg International Value Fund – Class A (TGVAX)

    The Thornburg International Value Fund – Class A requires a minimum initial investment of $5,000. Investors who wish to add to their accounts must do so in multiples of $100.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Comparison of One Month Mean Return and Volatility of FEZ and Its Top Performers
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Volkswagen Outperformed Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

    Of the top-performing holdings of the SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria had the lowest mean return-to-volatility ratio at 1.3%.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Industry wise Return of FEZ
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Geopolitical Issues Are Affecting the Market: FEZ Falls 1.0%

    The SPDR EURO STOXX 50 ETF (FEZ), which tracks the performances of European equities, fell 1.0% on November 13 and closed at $35.19.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Comparison of One Month Mean Return and Volatility of FEZ and Its Top Performers
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Total SA Outperformed Société Generale in October 2015

    With a mean return of 0.41% and volatility of 9.7%, Total SA (TOT) outperformed Société Generale during this period. Société Generale had a mean return-to-volatility ratio of 3.1%.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///EU PE ROE
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Relative Value in Europe: More Stimulus to Boost Corporate Equity

    Relative value in Europe has been strengthened by the ECB’s Asset Quality Review, the depreciation of the euro, and the inherent fundamental strength of the European economy and cheaper energy prices.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///FEZ Industrial Negative Performance
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    In-Depth Analysis of the FEZ ETF and Its Constituents

    In the software space, SAP (SAP) gave a positive return. In the banking space, all banks gave negative return except for Unicredito (UNCFF).

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Trailing One Month FEZ Industrial Negative Performance
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Factors behind Key Stock Performances in FEZ

    Stock performances of the top three contributors to the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF were driven by factors such as cloud computing and volume growth.

    By Sarah Sands
  • uploads///Ivy European Opportunities Fund Class A
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Industrials Save Ivy European Opportunities Fund in August 2015

    The Ivy European Opportunities Fund fell 5.5% in August from a month ago—the least among the six mutual funds under this review. Beyond this period, the fund’s performance has been less impressive.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund Class A
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Financials, Healthcare Hurt Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund in August

    The Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund’s July 2015 portfolio was focused on the financials, industrials, and healthcare sectors, with exposures of 25.3%, 22.7%, and 21.5%, respectively.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Composition FHJUX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund: Class A (FHJUX)

    As of August 2015, the Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund was managing assets worth $1.45 billion. Founded in 1986, the fund’s net expense ratio is 1.35%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Funds See 6 Successive Weeks of Outflows

    Investment-grade bond funds witnessed outflows for the week ended September 2—marking their sixth successive week of outflows.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for August
    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
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Investment-Grade Bond Funds Record Back-to-Back Outflows

    Flows into investment-grade bond funds were negative for the week ended August 12—marking the third consecutive week of outflows.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for WE August    billion
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    ING Group Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    US financials were the highest issuers of high-grade bonds in the week ended August 14, making up 37.7% of all issuance.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Eurozone PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Business Activity Seems Undeterred by Greek Crisis

    Markit Economics’ Final Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index report for July exceeded expectations despite the Greek crisis.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///LH
    Earnings Report

    Allianz in 1Q15: Life and Health Insurance Most Profitable

    The gross premiums written in Life and Health insurance increased by 9.7% when compared with the first quarter of the previous year, reaching 18.82 billion euros.

    By Robert Karr
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for WE April
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Yankee Bonds Throng the High-Grade Primary Market

    Yankee bonds continued to dominate primary market issuance in the week to April 10. These bonds made up 40.7% of all the issues.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Market Issuance
    Company & Industry Overviews

    High-Grade Corporate Bond Issuers Make a Cautious Return

    Corporate investment-grade issuance surged to $20.525 billion in the primary markets in the week to April 10, 2015—413.1% higher than the issuance the previous week.

    By David Ashworth
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