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.
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.
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.
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.
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?".
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.