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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
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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
  • uploads///Glencore versus BHP Billiton
    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
  • uploads///Returns of Europe Focused Mutual Funds YTD Until February
    Company & Industry Overviews

    European Stocks and Mutual Funds: Don’t Go Overboard

    European stocks (VLKAY) (RENX) (RBS), like others across the world, have been whiplashed by volatility so far 2016.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///AT coupons
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Are Deutsche Bank Investors So Concerned About AT1 Coupons?

    Shares of Deutsche Bank (DB) have fallen nearly 10% in the last three trading sessions. Efforts to reassure investors about its ability to pay coupons on its AT1 bonds were in vain.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///Markets Plunge With Brexit Announcement But Recover By Year End
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Have Equities Performed since the Brexit Vote?

    Investors lost confidence due to the uncertainty surrounding the vote, which led to the expectation of the other member nations’ following in the United Kingdom’s footsteps.

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///T Rowe Price European Stock Fund
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Stock Picks across Sectors Held PRESX Back in Year-to-Date 2015

    In the trailing-one-year period, PRESX has returned -0.9% while from November’s end until December 22, the fund has fallen 5.0%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///gbp graph
    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
  • uploads///service sector GDP uk
    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
  • 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///DB dividends
    Earnings Report

    Why Deutsche Bank Scrapped Dividends in 2016

    Germany-based Deutsche Bank (DB) announced plans to cut dividend payments for 2015 and 2016 as part of its plans to strengthen the bank’s capital.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///DB Revenues
    Earnings Report

    Why Deutsche Bank Closed 2016 with Losses

    Deutsche Bank (DB) reported its fourth quarter earnings on February 2, 2017. The distressed bank reported 4Q16 losses of 1.9 billion euros, which missed analysts’ forecasts.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///Effects of Brexit on Growth in EU and UK
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Brexit Has Affected Global Markets

    Gorman was disappointed with the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The UK’s referendum had some immediate effects on the markets (VGK) (HEDJ).

    By Mary Sadler
  • uploads///DB strategy
    Earnings Report

    Will Deutsche Bank’s Overhaul Plan Work?

    Investors who are concerned about Deutsche Bank’s bankruptcy are looking at CEO John Cryan’s plan to restructure the company’s operations.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///DB capital ratios
    Earnings Report

    Deutsche Bank: Analyzing Its Capital Levels

    Deutsche Bank is proving to be the most dangerous bank to the global economy. It failed the Fed’s 2016 stress tests in June 2016.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///DB capital ratios
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Deutsche Bank’s Capital Levels Struggle to Meet Regulatory Requirements

    Deutsche Bank’s stock is down nearly 40% in 2016 so far. Capital reserves are important to restore the confidence of regulators and investors.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///DB dividends
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why Deutsche Bank Scrapped Its Dividends in 2016

    Germany-based Deutsche Bank (DB) cut its dividend payments for 2015 and 2016 as part of its plans to strengthen the bank’s capital.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///Price Movement in the PTTAX and the LQD
    Financials

    Investment-Grade Bond Yields Fell Due to Brexit

    Last week, the movement in investment-grade bond yields was driven by Brexit. Investment-grade bond yields fell for the week ending June 24.

    By Lynn Noah
  • uploads///Facebook ARPU
    Company & Industry Overviews

    How Is Facebook’s Average Revenue per User Trending?

    Average revenue per user (or ARPU) is a key metric for Internet companies, as it helps in analyzing how well a company can monetize its user base.

    By Amit Singh
  • uploads///divided opinions on int rate hike
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    BlackRock and DoubleLine See Rate Hike Coming in June or July

    DoubleLine’s chief executive officer Jeffrey Gundlach wrote in an e-mail that the Fed is “signaling economic data are sufficiently robust to warrant a rate increase.”

    By Lynn Noah
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Almost Nothing Good about TEMIX in 1Q16

    The Franklin Mutual European Fund – Class A (TEMIX) fell sharply by 6.5% in 1Q16, placing it second to last among the 12 funds in this review. In the past one year, TEMIX has fallen 13.2%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///T Rowe Price European Stock Fund
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why PRESX Was Hit by Information Technology Stocks in 1Q16

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund (PRESX) fell 4.5% in 1Q16, making it a below-average performer among the 12 funds in this review. In the past one year, the fund has fallen 7.5%.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///GBP Vol APr
    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
  • uploads///T Rowe Price European Stock Fund
    Company & Industry Overviews

    Why the T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund Had a Rough 2015

    The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund did not have a good 2015. It ranked eighth for the year among the ten funds in this review.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///Non Investment Grade Bonds Yields Spreads
    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
  • uploads///Credit Rating Breakdown VWEHX
    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
  • 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///GBP Dec
    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

    Greek Debt Crisis: Global Markets Worried but Not Panicked

    Market analysts say US investors feel largely protected from Greece’s financial woes, though its troubles have sent jitters through global markets.

    By Rebecca Keats
  • uploads///CFG
    Fund Managers

    Teachers fund eliminates stake in Citizens Financial Group

    Citizens Financial Group is a retail bank holding company. It posted fourth-quarter net income of $197 million, up from $152 million.

    By Samantha Nielson
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