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Global Emerging Markets
Emerging markets are still widely viewed as dependent on the materials and energy sectors. This is out of synch with reality.
Volatility is an inevitable part of investing. Yet when markets get bumpy, opportunities can emerge for patient, value-oriented investors.
There's growing evidence that companies who integrate societal concerns about the workplace, environment and corporate governance into their operations may have a competitive advantage and improved growth potential.
Around the Curve
The synchronized recovery in global earnings finally appears to be here. Every major market region in the world is now seeing significant earnings growth. Are there still opportunities in global high yield?
David Sheasby, Head of Stewardship & ESG at Martin Currie, discusses the merits of integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions.
Central Bank Watch
The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) left its target rate unchanged, as was widely expected. But the bigger news is the beginning, in October, of the Great Balance Sheet Unwind, as the Fed moves toward policy normalization. Read on for insights from our Portfolio Managers:
CEO and CO-CIO Chris Clark and Director of Risk Management Gunjan Banati discuss the significance of incorporating Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors into Royce's investment process.
Above the Noise
Buzzwords tend to fizzle out as quickly as they come into fashion. But one concept has gained significant importance for emerging markets (EM) in recent years.
Above The Noise
Technological progress and broader pressure to deal with pollution – climate change – are rapidly conspiring against the internal combustion engine (ICE).
Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.
Is the Fed's action the final nail in the coffin for the Phillips Curve, the model that describes the relationship between rates of unemployment and rates of inflation in an economy? We are not quite ready to throw in the towel on this theory.
After a decade of easy money meeting the cost of living has become increasingly challenging as yields on traditional income-generating assets have fallen and inflation has picked up. Investors have increasingly had to take on more risk to get less return. However, as the environment begins to shift, bringing with it the prospect of increased volatility and inflation, the role of income-generating assets will become increasingly important.
Though severe enough to impact earnings, the flooding in Texas is unlikely to hurt property & casualty insurers badly enough to force rates higher.
Around the Curve
Japan has been pumping out some relatively spectacular growth numbers this year. Yet, the modest upward trajectory of the yen has been underwhelming. What’s the story? And is this growth a flash in the pan or a whiff of something different coming out of Japan?
In today's financial markets, all eyes are on the Federal Reserve, and the pace of its decisions about its target interest rates.
International small-caps have attractive attributes and active managers are well positioned to uncover the best that this underutilized asset class has to offer.
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