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EM Stocks: Different drummers

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Opec wins a round, it seems

It's early days, but so far so good for Opec's self-imposed production cuts; Mexico and Turkey feel the heat; China feels the chill.


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Investment Insights
Jan 18

7 Reasons to Choose Active Now

While index investments have their place, it’s important to recognize what actively managed strategies can do for investors – especially in the current environment, where the risks embedded in passive strategies loom large.

Market Outlook
Jan 18

Mid-Week Bond Update

Pounding fast

Global sovereign bonds rose over the past five trading days, as the euphoria that has driven financial markets since Donald Trump’s US election victory in November started to fade. Lack of details...

Market Snapshot
Jan 13

Opec wins a round, it seems

It's early days, but so far so good for Opec's self-imposed production cuts; Mexico and Turkey feel the heat; China feels the chill.

Investment Insights
Jan 11

Municipal Market Update: December

Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.

Market Outlook
Jan 11

Western Asset Global Outlook

Is the present optimistic scenario overdone?

Markets have priced in the expectation of an imminent and radical shift in US growth. While we don’t dismiss this possibility, we also recognize that disappointment would prove painful. In our opinion...

Market Outlook
Jan 11

Mid-Week Bond Update

Rising from the dead: long Treasuries

The risk-on rally that started after Trump won the US election in November continued for yet another week – although this time it had an unexpected winner: US long Treasuries. Following weeks of torrid performance...

Investment Insights
Jan 10

Low-volatility dividend stocks:

Taking the Long View

Post-election market shifts haven't diminished the case for a strategic allocation to low-volatility high-dividend stocks.

Market Outlook
Jan 10

Around the curve

The US dollar bull market: current vs history

The current U.S. dollar (USD) bull market — which started in July 2011— is nearly 5.5 years old. The two other major dollar markets...

Market Snapshot
Jan 06

U.S. jobs: More wages, more workers

U.S. hourly wages rose 2.9% in 2016 and underemployment dropped; the FOMC worried about excess growth, while Eurozone optimism improved.

Market Snapshot
Jan 04

Flipping the calendar

A new year brings a new twist to U.S. real estate investors; Germany's growth gathers steam, and Singapore sees a sign of smooth sailing ahead.

Market Outlook
Jan 04

Midweek Bond Update

New Year, Old Questions

The first few days of 2017 saw fixed income investors grappling with the same key questions that dominated the last months of 2016.

Market Outlook
Dec 28

Mid-Week Bond Update

2016: Risk Off, Risk On

2016 winds down with a level of optimism that stands in stark contrast to the pessimism that marked the beginning of the year. The year began with corporate bond spreads (investment-grade and high yield) blowing out to levels that implied imminent recession if not outright financial crisis...

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