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5 Reasons to Consider EM Local Bonds

5 Reasons to Consider EM Local Bonds

🕔09:28, 2.Mar 2021

With investors struggling to find much‑needed yield, we believe emerging market (EM) local bonds offer attractive opportunities. The yields on offer from a number of EM local bond markets are among the highest currently available in fixed income, while EM currencies are attractively valued and look set to benefit from the U.S. dollar cycle …

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The Texas Power Market Crisis

The Texas Power Market Crisis

🕔14:02, 1.Mar 2021

Winter hit with a vengeance in Texas during the week of February 15 significantly impacting electricity production in the state. Extreme cold temperatures in the region affected the entire electric grid leading to massive rolling blackouts. Customers suffered as blackouts persisted, pipes began to burst in homes and power costs spiked for those who could get it and had variable contracts.

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Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

Covid-19 index: when might life return to ‘normal’?

🕔11:18, 23.Feb 2021

As one of the world’s largest economies the US is a key focus for investors. With every country attempting to return to normality following the coronavirus pandemic, we are monitoring when US economic activity might get back on track, as well as other measures of “normality” …

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Reflating a bubble

Reflating a bubble

🕔11:18, 19.Feb 2021

It was Presidents Day in the US on 15 February and we imagine ex-President Trump will be celebrating more than most after being acquitted in his second impeachment vote. There was, however, less to celebrate in government bond land.

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Student Debt: From Forbearance to Forgiveness

Student Debt: From Forbearance to Forgiveness

🕔12:35, 18.Feb 2021

When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” This time-tested maxim can work well for finding a path out of personal debt. Small behavioral changes can allow people to stop running up credit accounts and start paying them down. But when the “hole” represents …

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Investors Bet on a Recovery

Investors Bet on a Recovery

🕔09:08, 18.Feb 2021

Markets continued to focus on hopes for a recovery rather than risks. The epidemic seems to be slowing in the United States and in United Kingdom. It appears to be under control in Europe.

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Keynesians vs. Keynesians

Keynesians vs. Keynesians

🕔08:14, 18.Feb 2021

Keynesians were fairly united when they were in the policy wilderness, but now that their views are dominant and they can finally seize the levers of macro policy, dissent is emerging. Lawrence Summers is taking issue …

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The inflation spike

The inflation spike

🕔16:29, 17.Feb 2021

The US inflation numbers published this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics were slightly below consensus at 1.4% for annual headline inflation, basically unchanged from last month. Quite a contrast compared to the latest German and EU inflation numbers, which were …

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Off to a Quick Start

Off to a Quick Start

🕔14:27, 17.Feb 2021

While the Biden administration put eradicating the coronavirus at the top of its agenda, taking action on regulations with executive orders has also been a top priority. Deregulation was a defining focus of …

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The Next Leg of Recovery

The Next Leg of Recovery

🕔11:25, 17.Feb 2021

2021 began with renewed bouts of volatility with a tug of war emerging between concerns over slow vaccine rollouts especially on the continent and delays in US fiscal support against positive earnings trends.

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Is Diversification Dead?

Is Diversification Dead?

🕔13:24, 16.Feb 2021

In 1952, Harry Markowitz published “Portfolio Selection” and helped usher in the era of modern portfolio theory. Harry’s work showed us that a portfolio’s risk is not defined by the riskiness of its individual assets, but by the extent the portfolio’s assets’ price movements …

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From Despair to Hope

From Despair to Hope

🕔14:55, 12.Feb 2021

In the US, reflation on the back of fiscal stimulus and the exit from lockdowns should lead to modestly higher inflation expectations and nominal bond yields. A renewed ‘taper tantrum’ looks unlikely as excess capacity and high unemployment rates will prevent …

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Pictet AM – Webinar – Where next for markets – focus on the US

🕔15:00, 3.Feb 2021

Webinar – Where next for markets – focus on the US Register for a webcast with our Chief Strategist, Luca Paolini, where he will centre his thoughts on the US. In this month’s asset allocation webcast Luca will focus his

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Podcast: Spend, spend, but no inflation in sight

🕔11:56, 1.Feb 2021

US government spending to help the economy cope with the dire consequences of COVID-19 looks set to reach record peacetime levels, but absent a boost to inflation, it is unlikely to set in motion a push for higher interest rates anytime soon. Senior US economist Mark Allan explains.

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#USElection – Research Highlights

#USElection – Research Highlights

🕔09:16, 1.Feb 2021

In the 2020 US election, Joe Biden won and that put a Democrat in the White House. What does a Democrat win mean for investors? And what do asset managers think the implications will be?

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Top five Best Read Research – January

Top five Best Read Research – January

🕔10:50, 29.Jan 2021

A lot of OpinioPro readers gave the financial long-term outlook of Capital Group a good look. The key takeways from what Capital Group is expecting from the future is that economic growth is making a comeback whilst the current low interest rates can help investors move to the equity markets instead of other asset classes. What definitely makes this article worth reading is the very informative COVID winners and losers section it provides.

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End of the Fed’s Credit Support Facilities Is Positive

End of the Fed’s Credit Support Facilities Is Positive

🕔08:37, 29.Jan 2021

The success of the Federal Reserve’s emergency intervention in March 2020 played a crucial role in stabilizing and improving liquidity in U.S. credit markets. The cessation of the Fed’s corporate credit facilities, in our opinion, lowers the risk of unintended imbalances within credit markets that could potentially …

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“Turning to the tasks of our time”

“Turning to the tasks of our time”

🕔10:45, 27.Jan 2021

“Turning to the tasks of our time”  Joe Biden, 46th President of the United States  Markets at a glance  President Biden kicked off his new term with a flurry of executive orders and directives (30) in his first three days

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Welcome back Ms Yellen!

Welcome back Ms Yellen!

🕔15:48, 26.Jan 2021

Recent news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been worrying, with more contagious strains of the virus spreading internationally, rising contamination rates, and healthcare systems on the verge of being overwhelmed, particularly in the UK and the US.

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From Paris to Glasgow: the return of the U.S. to the climate fight

From Paris to Glasgow: the return of the U.S. to the climate fight

🕔11:22, 25.Jan 2021

The 2016 Paris Agreement is at a critical juncture for at least two reasons. First, it recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. It is far too early to analyse the Agreement’s “achievements”, but that will not stop critics from trying. This scrutiny should be welcomed by those whose fear that not enough attention is being paid to rising temperatures’ grave threat to mankind. After all, 2020 was the second-hottest …

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A climate-aware US ushers in a new era for clean energy

A climate-aware US ushers in a new era for clean energy

🕔08:14, 22.Jan 2021

The election of Joe Biden as the new US President places the world’s biggest economy back at the heart of international efforts to limit global warming. The Democrats’ environmental agenda is as bold as they come. A pledge to re-join the Paris Climate Accord within …

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What lies ahead for the US economy?

What lies ahead for the US economy?

🕔14:21, 20.Jan 2021

It really is different this time. While this is not the first pandemic the US has faced, our reaction to it — the restrictions placed on portions of the US economy, and the policy response — are truly unprecedented. First, there are lots of reasons to be optimistic about the US economy over the longer term. Official productivity statistics likely understate the impact of innovation …

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Capital Group – Webinar – Reset or Rebound?

🕔09:30, 20.Jan 2021

Webinar – Reset or Rebound? To what extent is the world really changing and what are the long term investment implications? As we move into 2021, the world is coming to terms with transformative trends and events. How are governments

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Alternative Strategies For A Democratic U.S.Congress

Alternative Strategies For A Democratic U.S.Congress

🕔08:18, 18.Jan 2021

As we go to press, it looks likely that Democrats will also run the Senate, in addition to the White House and the House of Representatives. With expectations that this will translate into greater fiscal stimulus in the near-term, bond

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Factset Earnings Insight

Factset Earnings Insight

🕔14:28, 15.Jan 2021

The estimated (year-over-year) earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 for CY 2021 is 22.1%, which is above the 10- year average (annual) earnings growth rate of 10.0%. If 22.1% is the actual growth rate for the year, it will

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T. Rowe Price – Webinar – U.S. High Yield Strategy Update

🕔17:00, 14.Jan 2021

Webinar – U.S. High Yield Strategy Update Kevin Loome, CFA®, portfolio manager of the U.S. High Yield Bond Strategy and Gregor Dannacher, CFA®, portfolio specialist, share insights on how they are responding to these rapidly changing markets and uncovering new

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US bond yields buoyed by the ‘Blue Wave’

US bond yields buoyed by the ‘Blue Wave’

🕔21:05, 13.Jan 2021

US bond yields buoyed by the ‘Blue Wave’ In Credit  As the US Political landscape evolves (after Democratic Party victories in Georgia) and the risk of increased (bond-financed) government spending grows, US bond yields have also risen materially. This is

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Navigating Heightened U.S.- China Tensions in Asia Credit

Navigating Heightened U.S.- China Tensions in Asia Credit

🕔15:57, 7.Jan 2021

Executive Order banning trading in designated Chinese entities increases uncertainty on the horizon and reaffirms importance of diversification. Once characterized by mutual cooperation, the U.S.-China relationship has undergone a significant shift since the onset of the trade war initiated by

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Improving fundamentals are likely to be sustained

Improving fundamentals are likely to be sustained

🕔10:15, 6.Jan 2021

China Market Outlook 2021  Thanks to its rapid control of the coronavirus, China is the only major economy that is expected to post positive economic growth this year, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which recently raised

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Senate Runoffs Put Georgia on Investors’ Minds

Senate Runoffs Put Georgia on Investors’ Minds

🕔11:15, 29.Dec 2020

The results of the two U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 could determine the size and scope of fiscal stimulus to address economic strains caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A shift in the Senate’s partisan majority could

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Market Optimism May Be Justified—But I Urge Caution

Market Optimism May Be Justified—But I Urge Caution

🕔08:05, 24.Dec 2020

While the U.S. elections grind toward the finish line, risk markets—after a bumpy ride—are hovering close to all‑time highs. In light of surprisingly close elections that will likely lead to a split Congress, legislative gridlock, and inadequate fiscal support, this

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Repositioning Portfolios for a Brave New World

Repositioning Portfolios for a Brave New World

🕔13:26, 23.Dec 2020

Monthly Investment Outlook – December Key points Downside risks weigh on Q4 growth in several countries due to rising contagion and pressure on hospitals; European activity should contract in Q4, and a parallel slowdown is expected in the US, while

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Us Equities: Two Major Themes In A Stabilising Economy

Us Equities: Two Major Themes In A Stabilising Economy

🕔14:53, 22.Dec 2020

With the prospect of early access to effective vaccines getting steadily stronger, the major question for investors in US equity markets is how to position their portfolios for an economy returning to normal after the Covid-19 shock?  This question begs

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The Future of the US-China Relationship & Its Impact on China’s Internet Sector

The Future of the US-China Relationship & Its Impact on China’s Internet Sector

🕔11:02, 22.Dec 2020

With a new US administration on the horizon, we spoke with David Metzner from the independent research firm ACG Analytics about what to expect from the new administration when it comes to China and Chinese companies. While a broad-scale pullback

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Highlights of the past weeks: The end of a chapter!

Highlights of the past weeks: The end of a chapter!

🕔10:59, 22.Dec 2020

The end of a chapter! Interested in learning what caught the eye of our readers in the past few weeks? Then look no further because this article will discuss the four best read articles of our site. As we are

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US CRE Market Insights

US CRE Market Insights

🕔14:29, 17.Dec 2020

Big Picture Update A global pandemic, recession, and regime change in the US are some of the issues facing commercial real estate (CRE) investors. These headwinds have already presented investors with unique challenges that have impacted property performance with a

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How America Invests – 2020

How America Invests – 2020

🕔07:46, 17.Dec 2020

A look at the personal investing behavior of Vanguard’s 5 million retail households Vanguard investors have a long-term risk outlook The typical Vanguard household holds a long-term, risk-taking portfolio that's both diversified and balanced. The average portfolio consists of 63%

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Emerging Markets Charts & Views

Emerging Markets Charts & Views

🕔11:06, 16.Dec 2020

2021 Outlook and Beyond  The US election outcome and the hopes that the Covid-19 vaccine will be a tangible reality by the end of the year or the beginning of 2021 bode well for a worldwide economic recovery. China is

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Global Perspectives 2021

Global Perspectives 2021

🕔14:30, 15.Dec 2020

Markets | December 2020  Seek income in credit products. The US Federal Reserve’s aggressive response to the coronavirus pandemic has driven yields on safe-haven debt to near zero, leaving “low-risk” portfolios increasingly susceptible to interest rate-driven price volatility. We believe

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Outrageous Predictions 2021

Outrageous Predictions 2021

🕔13:27, 15.Dec 2020

For the 2021 batch of Outrageous Predictions, we decided for the most part to don our futurist caps rather than getting too bogged down in market trends and central bank policies. That is largely because the Covid-19 pandemic and the

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Darkness Before the Dawn

Darkness Before the Dawn

🕔11:31, 15.Dec 2020

2021 US Outlook What a difference a year makes! This time last year we presented our base economic case of GDP slowing to a sub-2% number as the cycle matured (our forecast was 1.8% for 2020). Slow it did, but

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2021 US CRE Market Outlook

2021 US CRE Market Outlook

🕔16:44, 14.Dec 2020

Over the near term, we believe US CRE investment performance will be driven by the flow of property NOI generated by property occupancy and effective rents along with changes in property valuations, which may be negative. Measurement protocols for property

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Local-currency emerging-market debt outlook supported by macro backdrop

Local-currency emerging-market debt outlook supported by macro backdrop

🕔14:55, 14.Dec 2020

December 2020  Emerging-market debt (EMD) continued to benefit from a broad market rally in the third quarter of 2020, with local-currency sovereign EMD, hard-currency sovereign and corporate credit all posting positive returns. We hold a higher conviction for currencies, as

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#ESG – Research Highlights

#ESG – Research Highlights

🕔11:38, 14.Dec 2020

#ESG “Joe Biden could bring Paris climate goals within striking distance” was the headline of a recent article posted by the Guardian. With the recent election of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States, global heating could

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Emerging market investing: Allocation to the fastest-growing markets

Emerging market investing: Allocation to the fastest-growing markets

🕔15:07, 11.Dec 2020

Investment Insights  While each crisis is different, what is striking about this global pandemic is that (excluding China) the impact on emerging market assets appears to be more dire than the spread of the virus itself to those countries. The

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Elections and a vaccine: Implications for fixed income investors

Elections and a vaccine: Implications for fixed income investors

🕔14:50, 11.Dec 2020

Investment Insights   The US election results and the announcement of a potential COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer have been pivotal events in markets, initially providing a substantial boost to risk assets. Mixed economic data and a rapidly rising rate of coronavirus

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Legacy of the Lockdowns – Outlook

Legacy of the Lockdowns – Outlook

🕔09:35, 11.Dec 2020

In our 2021 Investment Outlook, we seek to help investors navigate the next phases of the pandemic, the legacy of the lockdowns, and the ensuing economic recovery. We also consider how solutions to the climate crisis can be found at

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Looking Ahead to a Brave New World

Looking Ahead to a Brave New World

🕔11:22, 10.Dec 2020

Monthly Investment Outlook – December Key points Downside risks weigh on Q4 growth in several countries due to rising contagion and pressure on hospitals; European activity should contract in Q4, and a parallel slowdown is expected in the US, while

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U.S. Election Results Appear Market-Friendly

U.S. Election Results Appear Market-Friendly

🕔09:20, 8.Dec 2020

T. Rowe Price Insights on the U.S. Election  Although President Donald Trump has not conceded the race and has mounted legal challenges to contest key state results, the 2020 U.S. elections appear to have produced a presidential win for Democrat

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Is the dollar’s stumble a sign of things to come?

Is the dollar’s stumble a sign of things to come?

🕔14:34, 3.Dec 2020

Investment Insights  Is the U.S. dollar entering a new multiyear bear cycle, or is it just experiencing an episode of weakness in an already decade-long bull run? It’s a question at the top of investors’ minds given the dollar’s steady

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