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EUROPEAN STOCKS: BOUNCEBACK CANDIDATE?

Chart courtesy of ClearBridge Investments. Source: FactSet, as of 9/30/2019. U.S. stocks are represented by the MSCI USA Stock Index.  European stocks are represented by the MSCI Europe Stock Index. Index values re-indexed to 100 on 12/31/1969. 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.

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Diversification: 3 Choices Now

Market Snapshot

The idiosyncrasies of niche markets can provide opportunities but require professional expertise.


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Investment Insights
Jan 08
Investment Insights

FX Volatility: It May Be Low, But It's Not Cheap

January 08, 2020

Fair value for currency volatility reflects current market conditions.

Investment Insights
Dec 19
Investment Insights

Europe's ESG Regulations: Burden and Benefit

December 19, 2019

The European Commission's plan to increase adoption of ESG principles throughout the region is a positive for bond investors.

Investment Insights
Dec 13
Investment Insights

The ECB: "Wise Owl" Lagarde Takes Over

December 13, 2019

Policy continuity is the name of the game for now -- with the hurdle to cut rates much lower than the hurdle to raise them.

Investment Insights
Dec 12
Investment Insights

The Fed: On hold with a dovish tilt

December 12, 2019

The Fed's focus on below-target inflation leaves the door open to future rate cuts.

Market Outlook
Dec 02
Market Outlook

Fourth Quarter Outlook

Steady, Resilient Growth

December 02, 2019

Looking ahead, we think global growth will slowly improve with inflation remaining modest – continuing to favor spread sectors.

Investment Insights
Nov 21
Investment Insights

Global fixed income

The Cyclical Case for Emerging Markets

November 21, 2019

With Emerging Markets growth projected to accelerate and valuations compelling, debt markets in select EM countries merit careful consideration.

Investment Insights
Nov 12
Investment Insights

Municipal Market Update: October

November 12, 2019

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

Market Outlook
Nov 06
Market Outlook

Q4 Market and Strategy Update

Global Growth: Slow but Resilient

November 06, 2019

With core inflation below even our more dovish estimates, we expect global growth to remain low by historical standards -- but also resilient.

Investment Insights
Oct 31
Investment Insights

Life After LIBOR

October 31, 2019

LIBOR, one of world's most widely used financial benchmarks, is being phased out -- but what will replace it? Western Asset examines the consequences and impact for investors.

Investment Insights
Oct 08
Investment Insights

The Global Hunt for Carry

October 08, 2019

How U.S. and overseas investment-grade corporate bonds benefit from increasingly negative government bond yields.

Investment Insights
Sep 18
Investment Insights

The Case for Front-End Credit

September 18, 2019

Current market conditions make the shorter end of the maturity curve potentially attractive from a risk/reward point of view.

Market Outlook
Aug 29
Market Outlook

Q3 2019 Market Commentary

The Shifting Investment Landscape

August 29, 2019

Despite drastic changes in the investment backdrop, short-term pessimism about growth is overdone and higher rates are likely only in the distant future.

Market Outlook
Aug 15
Market Outlook

Global Credit Cycle: End of the Party?

August 15, 2019

Why Western Asset believes the current positive phase of the credit cycle will likely continue.

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