Uncertainty is a fierce opponent, whether you're picking players or securities. Investors, however, can learn valuable lessons from how football teams approach their annual drafts to help build stronger, more durable portfolios.
A passive approach to emerging markets gives investors a 56% weighting to three countries. James Norman makes the case for a more diversified approach.
Last month showed vividly that sentiment can shift rapidly even when fundamentals stay solid; the heightened focus on the Fed and inflation is likely to persist, although we expect the impact of upcoming increases to be primarily on short-term rates.
Dovish policies under former Fed Chair Yellen have helped restore growth and inflation; however, there's reason for investors to expect a more hawkish tilt under new Fed Chairman Powell.
Going into July, leading indicators and relative valuations lead multi-asset strategist Doug Sue to see greater potential for stocks than bonds this month.
Chart of the Week
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CHART OF THE WEEK
July's employment report showed growth continuing; the Fed sounded optimistic about growth in its latest statement; the UK's rate rise was about normalization, not Brexit; China took some market-based steps in the currency market.
Emerging markets stocks
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