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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Investment-Grade Bond Fund Flows Rose Slightly Last Week

    According to Lipper funds flow data, investment-grade bond funds saw net inflows of $2.52 billion during the week ending August 10.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Unemployment Fell: Is More Easing Needed?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics published the employment report for July on August 18, 2016. The unemployment rate fell by 0.1% to 5.7%.

    By David Meyer
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Westpac Banking Issued the Most High-Grade Bonds Last Week

    Westpac Banking Corporation (WBK) issued Aa2/AA- rated high-grade bonds worth $5.0 billion via five parts on August 11, 2016.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Miscellaneous

    Australian Dollar Rose despite the RBA’s Monetary Easing Measures

    The RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) cut the cash rate by 25 basis points to a record low of 1.5% in the monetary policy meeting on Tuesday.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Data Disappoints: Does It Point to Easing by the RBA?

    The Australian approvals were published ahead of the RBA’s monetary policy. Building approvals fell by 2.9% on a month-over-month basis.

    By David Meyer
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    Fund Managers

    How the BlackRock Pacific Fund’s Portfolio Has Shifted in 2016

    The BlackRock Pacific Fund uses a combination of bottom-up stock picking and top-down macro analysis while constructing its portfolio.

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

    How Does the Columbia Pacific/Asia Fund Allocate Its Portfolio?

    The Columbia Pacific/Asia Fund invests 80% of its assets in stocks and bonds of companies located in Asia and the Pacific Basin.

    By David Ashworth
  • uploads///CAJAXs Top Ten Invested Geographies
    Fund Managers

    Fast Facts about CAJAX

    CAJAX aims to invest 80% of its net assets in securities of companies located in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Performance Breakdown of the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MPCX)

    In NAV (net asset value) terms, in the one-year period ending January 2016, the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX) came in seventh among our nine funds.

    By David Ashworth
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    Fund Managers

    Meet the BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX)

    The BlackRock Pacific Fund (MDPCX) invests at least 80% of its net assets in equities of companies located in Far Eastern or Western Pacific countries.

    By David Ashworth
  • Company & Industry Overviews

    Performance Breakdown of the Columbia Pacific/Asia Fund (CASAX)

    In terms of NAV (net asset value), Columbia Pacific/Asia Fund (CASAX) has been an average performer among the nine funds we’ll be looking at in this series.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Fell as RBA Maintained Policy Rate with Dovish Bias

    The Australian dollar ended on a lower note against the US dollar on February 2, 2016, after gaining early in the session as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates unchanged at 2.0%.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Australian Dollar Rises on Strong Jobs Data

    The Australian dollar to the US dollar currency pair was on a positive bias on December 10, 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    G10 Currencies Gain as US Dollar Index Sinks

    The G10 currencies were impacted positively as the US dollar index dropped in value in the two weeks ending August 21, 2015.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing Government Debt and Savings in Asia-Pacific Countries

    Singapore has very high levels of government debt compared to its GDP. All other nations under review have a manageable debt-to-GDP ratio.

    By David Ashworth
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do Key Metrics Say about Asia-Pacific Countries?

    The GDPs of the three developed economies in the Asia-Pacific region that we’re considering are expected to rise between 2.8% and 3.4% in each year from 2015 to 2017.

    By David Ashworth
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