Investment Strategy Commentary

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Gain insight into the rapidly changing financial landscape

 

Yearnings for Earnings - April 2015

U.S. corporate earnings look set to fall into recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of year over year declines. Should investors be concerned about future returns in the stock market? Jim McDonald explores when investors should – and shouldn't – worry about falling earnings in his latest strategy commentary "Yearnings for Earnings".
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Investment Strategy Commentary on China – March 2015

Read why monetary easing in China has spurred an equity market rally, but has yet to reverse the economic slowdown.
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The U.S. Dollar: Is Strength a Weakness? - March 2015 [PDF]

The U.S. dollar has seen strong upward moves in the past 9 months. What would continued dollar strength mean for economic growth, earnings and asset class performance?
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2015 Outlook

Read what our top investment professionals share as their “forward looking, historically aware” forecasts for economic activity and financial market returns.
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China: So Bad It Is Good … For Equities - December 2014

Weak economic fundamentals and deflationary trends increase likelihood of accommodative monetary policy and further stimulus.
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Mood Swings - November 2014

After remaining relatively quiet for the past two years, we saw an outburst of market volatility in October. What factors are now driving volatility -- and what can they tell us about future returns?
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China and The Commodity Complex – October 2014

The challenges facing China’s shift to a consumer driven economy are becoming evident and further stimulus could be on the horizon.
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What to Expect When You're Expecting ... A Rate Hike - August 26, 2014

How will the eventual rise in interest rates affect financial market assets? Jim McDonald looks to current fundamentals and historical precedent.
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Will Wage Gains End The Party? - May 2014

Wages are on the rise for a broad swath of American workers; but is that good for stock markets? Answer: As long as they are earning their wage increases. Find out more in Jim McDonald's latest strategy piece.

Changing Dynamics in Emerging Markets

Our Equity Index experts consider new approaches to gaining emerging markets exposure, from small cap to frontier markets.
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Correction

 
August 24, 2015 - Jim McDonald
World stock markets have been under pressure, and the S&P 500 has experienced a long-overdue 10% correction. What's behind this recent weakness­? Get our take.
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Point of View

Investment insights, trend analysis and timely commentary from our investment experts.
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