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  • 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///UK
    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
  • uploads///Junk Bond Yields in  and
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Pinnacle Foods: Sole Junk Bond Issuer for the Week of January 15

    Pinnacle Foods issued dollar-denominated junk bonds worth $350 million on January 12, 2016. The senior notes were rated B2/B+ and carried a coupon of 5.9%.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Total IG Bond Issuance for the WE Nov
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Metlife Global Funding I Issued $1.25 Billion in High-Grade Bonds

    A subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (MET), Metlife Global Funding I is a special purpose statutory trust. It issued $1.25 billion in high-grade bonds rated Aa3/AA- in two parts.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Net Trade Contributed -1.0% to UK Gross Domestic Product

    The only negative contribution to UK gross domestic product came from net trade, which contributed -1.0% in 3Q15 compared to an estimated -1.5%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurozone inflation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Free of Deflation yet Weighed Down by Grexit Concerns

    According to the latest reports, the Eurozone’s inflation rate was 0.3% in May. Gains in the Eurozone inflation rate are being led by services, food, alcohol, and tobacco.

    By Surbhi Jain
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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
  • uploads///Performance of EWU and LLSP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Randgold and Fresnillo Rebound Due to the Rise in Gold

    Precious metals rose on September 24. The rise benefited Randgold Resources (RRS) and Fresnillo (FRES). They were among EWU’s top three performers.

    By Renee Blakely
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Market Issuance
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Corporate Bond Issuances Fell after Thanksgiving

    Investment-grade corporate bond issuances worth $2.65 billion for the week ended November 27, 2015, and fell 92% from the previous week.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Has PCRIX Performed in the Market in 2015?

    PCRIX’s invests in the commodity market through various derivative instruments and the fixed income market through Treasury inflation-protected securities.

    By Ivan Kading
  • uploads///UK economic indicators
    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
  • uploads///US Investment Grade Bond Fund Flows
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Funds Saw Outflows in Week Ended November 25

    For the week ended November 25, investment-grade bond funds saw net outflows of $1.46 billion after witnessing two consecutive weeks of inflows.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Performances of the Mining Stocks
    Financials

    Glencore Led the UK Stock Market on October 9

    Stocks at the top of the iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) on Friday, October 9, were Petrofac (PFC), Glencore (GLEN), and Anglo American (AAN).

    By Renee Blakely
  • 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
  • Financials

    Why domestic corporate companies raised high-quality debt

    Emerging market (or EEM) borrowers were unusually prolific issuers last week. They accounted for 26.5% of the weekly volumes, or $7.5 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • uploads///UK GVA by sector
    Financials

    What’s Been Helping the UK GDP after the Brexit Vote?

    After the Brexit decision, services were a positive factor, while production ended up to be a drag on GDP.

    By Surbhi Jain
  • uploads///IBM GBS Revenue Growth
    Company & Industry Overviews

    IBM’s Consulting Unit Drives Growth in Its Services Business

    IBM’s (IBM) Global Business Services segment comprises its Consulting, Global Process Services, and Application Management sub-segments.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    PayPal Tightens Rules to Protect Its Image in the UK

    PayPal has tightened the rules around payments on its platform in response to criticism that it facilitates problem gambling in the United Kingdom.

    By Neha Gupta
  • uploads///Bitcoin Price and Market Cap Deteriorate
    Financials

    The Rout of Cryptocurrencies and the Repercussions

    Cryptocurrencies are still on their downtrend and have slumped to start the week. Bitcoin was down 10.8% at 5:00 AM EST on February 5, 2018.

    By Meera Shawn
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Energy Exposure Has Worked Wonders for the Europe 30 ProFund

    UEPIX’s high exposure energy stocks has been extremely beneficial in 2016, especially after February 11, when crude oil prices touched a multiyear low.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Britains Top Ten Import Destinations in
    Miscellaneous

    Will the Brexit Vote Benefit the United Kingdom?

    Following the Brexit, the United Kingdom would be free to make its own decisions. It would have more control over migrants and refugees.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Industrials and Discretionary Helped AEDAX in 1Q16

    AEDAX fell 0.9% in 1Q16. But it still ranked second best among the 12 funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    An Above-Average Year for FHJUX

    FHJUX’s quantitative metrics place it as an above-average performer for the one-year period ended March 15, 2016. This period covers two major stimulus announcements by the ECB.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Junk Bond Yields in  and
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Junk Bond Issuance Rose as Equity Markets Rebounded

    Mutual Funds such as the PIMCO High-Yield Fund Class A (PHDAX) and the Fidelity High Income Fund (SPHIX) invest in junk bonds.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Fidelity Diversified International Fund
    Company & Industry Overviews

    FDIVX: How Does It Hold up during Challenging Times?

    The Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX) has been in existence since December 1991.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the FHJUX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How the Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund Allocated Its Portfolio in 2015

    The Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund was managing assets worth $1.4 billion as of the end of December.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Junk Bond Yields in  and
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Microsemi Corporation Issued Junk Bonds Worth $450 Million

    Microsemi Corporation issued dollar-denominated junk bonds worth $450 million. It intends to use the proceeds of the loan for the acquisition of PMC-Sierra.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///UK Referendum
    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
  • uploads///Portfolio Breakdown of the FHJUX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Look at FHJUX’s Portfolio through November 2015

    The financials sector makes up the majority of FHJUX’s portfolio. Healthcare and industrials follow, forming a combined 37% of the fund’s assets.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Portfolio Break down of the FHJUX
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Portfolio Positioning of the Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund

    The Fidelity Advisor Europe Fund’s portfolio has undergone quite a bit of change in the one-year period ended October 2015. Exposure to financials surged.

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

    Basics about the Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX)

    According to the fund, the Fidelity Diversified International Fund (FDIVX) intends to attain capital appreciation by “normally investing primarily in non-U.S. securities.”

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///UK
    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
  • 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///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///germany inflation rate
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Inflation Rate Falls to 0.1% in June: EWG Falls 4.03%

    The EU harmonized inflation rate in Germany fell to 0.1% in June on a YoY basis from May’s 0.7%. It was being pumped by the ECB’s monetary stimulus package.

    By Surbhi Jain
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