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Chart of the Week

INTERNATIONAL EQUITIES: THINGS CHANGE

Chart courtesy of ClearBridge Investments. Source: Bloomberg, as of 5/31/19. Returns are cumulative and based on price movement only, and do not include the reinvestment of dividends. +101% for S&P 500 measures 10/09/02-10/12/2007 and +218% for MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. measures 3/12/03-10/31/07. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indexes are unmanaged, and not available for direct investment. Index returns do not include fees or sales charges. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of an actual investment.

Market Snapshot

China targets U.S. farmers

China’s latest tariffs focus on U.S. agricultural exports; financial markets are pricing in at least one Fed rate cut this year; U.S. consumers’ debt load reached $13.67 trillion, with student debt outstripping auto loans.


Featured Insights

Market Outlook
Jun 04
Market Outlook

China vs Europe: Different Growth Challenges

June 04, 2019

Both China and Europe are showing encouraging signs of improving growth, but it's the differences that investors may find most interesting.

Market Outlook
May 08
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Lessons from 1998-2002

May 08, 2019

There are many parallels between today and 1998-2002, but the current environment lacks that period's overvaluation and cyclical excesses.

Investment Insights
May 03
Investment Insights

U.S. economy

Still Room to Run

May 03, 2019

Credit conditions remain healthy at present, leaving ClearBridge optimistic about the economy over the balance of the year.

Market Outlook
May 01
Market Outlook

Assessing the Health Care Selloff

May 01, 2019

Why ClearBridge believes recent headwinds have been largely sentiment driven and that strong fundamentals remain intact across key health care subsectors.

Investment Insights
Apr 15
Investment Insights

2018 Impact Report

ESG Integration and Engagement

April 15, 2019

ClearBridge’s annual Impact Report highlights the importance of ESG in its fundamental research and advocacy for sustainable business practices in public companies.

Market Outlook
Apr 04
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Equities: Darkest Before the Dawn

April 04, 2019

A yield curve inversion in March prompted a red signal in the ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard. But the overall signal remains in expansionary territory (green), a positive for equity investors.

Investment Insights
Mar 18
Investment Insights

Homebuilders Are Worth Watching

March 18, 2019

Strong economic fundamentals have allowed homebuilders to maintain decent growth and outperform the broad market.

Market Outlook
Mar 06
Market Outlook

Recession indicators update

Evolution of a Downturn

March 06, 2019

Financial markets may be sending mixed signals, but our Recession Risk Dashboard still signals expansion -- with business activity and consumer health showing few signs of stress.

Investment Insights
Feb 28
Investment Insights

Understanding Today's Oil Markets

February 28, 2019

The world of oil is very different than it was even a decade ago—having gone from resource scarcity to resource abundance. The industry's business model needs to change to keep up, says Senior Energy Analyst Dimitry Dayen.

Market Outlook
Feb 04
Market Outlook

Recession indicators update

Inflationary Pressures Building

February 04, 2019

Our Recession Risk Dashboard still signals economic expansion, but faster wage growth has moved that indicator from green to yellow, due to potential pressure on corporate margins.

Market Outlook
Jan 07
Market Outlook

Equity markets

A Pullback, Not a Crash

January 07, 2019

The current environment is similar to several previous periods where market weakness and substantial P/E compression occurred against a backdrop of economic and earnings strength. Historically, these periods have been followed by solid stock rebounds.

Investment Insights
Dec 13
Investment Insights

International Stocks: Four Factors Behind the Gap

December 13, 2018

A narrowing of the advantages recently enjoyed by U.S. companies could reverse the international stock performance gap.

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