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Insights & Research

 
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Featured Market Insights & Commentary

 
 

Gut Check

Through the first month of 2014, markets have shown heightened volatility and negative returns. Is this just a healthy correction or something more? Jim McDonald, Chief Investment Strategist, provides Northern Trust's thoughts in Gut Check.
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Jim McDonald on CNBC's Power Lunch - February 3, 2014

 
Chief Investment Strategist Jim McDonald talks with CNBC's Sue Herera about global markets, volatility and investing.
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Jim McDonald on BNN Canada - January 7, 2014

 
Chief Investment Strategist Jim McDonald discusses his 2014 global outlook with the hosts of 'Market Sense' on BNN, Canada's only business and financial news network.
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1Q 2014 Investment Manager Survey - April 2014

Our first quarter investment manager survey finds that managers are optimistic but wary of geopolitical risks and emerging market economic growth.
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Less of a Drag

Those investors who took on risk in 2013 were rewarded - especially in developed markets. But, with valuations slightly above longer-term medians, fundamentals will need to play a bigger role in 2014. Northern Trust believes they will, especially as governments' impact on growth becomes Less of a Drag.
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A Lot of Bull

Northern Trust’s Chief Investment Strategist, Jim McDonald, compares the current bull market to historical precedents in his latest market commentary.
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Sensitivity Training

Investors are increasingly focused on the outlook for interest rates. While Northern Trust believes the odds of a spike in interest rates is low, our Chief Investment Strategist, Jim McDonald, still believes it is prudent to undergo a little (interest rate) sensitivity training.
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Heading Overseas

Home-biases in equity investing continue to exist - but do they make sense? Where are the opportunities right now? And are investors defining the global opportunity set correctly? Northern Trust's Chief Investment Strategist, Jim McDonald, outlines the pressing issues surrounding a global approach to equity investing in his latest market commentary, Heading Overseas.
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Five-Year Outlook: 2013 Edition

Northern Trust's top investment professionals outline their "forward looking, historically aware" forecasts for economic activity and financial market returns.
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Quantitative Squeezing?

The prospect of the end of QE3 has been garnering a great deal of attention lately. But how imminent is it -- and is it really all that catastrophic for bonds? Jim McDonald answers these questions in his latest Investment Strategy Commentary, "Quantitative Squeezing?".
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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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Make the New Active Decision in Beta Management

This research study shows how alternative indexes can provide an efficient, cost effective means of capturing returns in this low rate environment.
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Interest grows in emerging market and ESG investing

As Northern Trust announces the launch of the first emerging markets ESG index fund, Mamadou-Abou Sarr, senior equities specialist, explores the appetite for emerging markets investing incorporating environmental, social and governance screens.
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Commodities Index Design Matters

Jordan Dekhayser, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Global Index Management explores the importance of choosing the right commodities index for your passive exposure to the asset class.
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Into Thin Air? We Think Not

Northern Trust’s Chief Investment Strategist, Jim McDonald, explores how far the markets have come in his latest market commentary.
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Importing Winning DB Strategies into DC Plans

Learn how principles employed by DB plans and institutional investors can help drive better participant outcomes in DC plans.

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Gaining Exposure to Infrastructure

Increasingly, investors searching for new sources of yield are turning to infrastructure, a little-understood but highly attractive asset class.

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Investment Strategy Commentary

Gain insight into the rapidly changing financial landscape.
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Dividend-Focused Strategies Webinar

Our active equity experts discuss the investment landscape and an optimized approach for generating income within a core, total-return mandate.
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