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Double whammy in Europe eyed by U.S. investors

June 14, 2012

Europe's evolving debt crisis continues to overshadow most of the economic data and news coming out of the U.S., thus leaving investors in a state of wait-and-see, according to market watchers. Thursday's Italian bond auction was the most recent...

How Spain has already won the Euro 2012

June 12, 2012

Spain secured a big win this weekend. While the defending champions in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament were unable to best Italy on the soccer field, Spain fared better against Germany by winning the best European bailout deal yet. Spain will...

'Hitch your wagon to foreign demand': SMU's Cox

April 23, 2012

In terms of investment opportunities, the next decade won't look anything like the past quarter century. But that doesn't mean there won't be investment opportunities, said economist W. Michael Cox, speaking today to investment professionals...

Middle Kingdom central to balanced portfolio: Malkiel

April 23, 2012

Allocating less than 9% of your clients' portfolios to China would be a mistake, according to finance guru Burton Malkiel, speaking this morning at the annual gathering of the Investment Management Consultants Association in Washington, D.C....

Bank panic about to grip Europe: Kyle Bass

December 15, 2011

Kyle Bass, the Dallas-based hedge fund manager who said in 2009 that governments would default within three years, said Greek, Portuguese and Spanish depositors will withdraw money from banks in the coming months. “Just as Latvians ran to...

Making sense of China's huge stock market selloff

January 6, 2016

Chinese investors have been agitated by domestic authorities' proposal to implement the so-called “circuit breaker,” a mechanism designed to halt trading if stock prices gyrate too wildly in both directions. Investors collectively responded...

China's dilemma: Is it 1987 or 1929?

July 31, 2015

Having spent the summer ruminating over the macro events in Europe, my focus has now turned to the U.S. stock market crashes of 1929 and 1987. Why, you might ask? The answer lies in China, where policy interventions in the face of a steep selloff...

Economy in ruins but Kathleen Gaffney still bullish on Greek debt

September 28, 2011

Kathleen Gaffney, co-manager of the $19.4 billion Loomis Sayles Bond Fund, said she continues to hold Greek debt and is buying sovereign debt from other European countries. The European Union has “too much to lose” if Greece were to exit...

No such thing as home-court advantage for investors

May 18, 2011

A marked home country bias prevents many investors around the world from going global — a big mistake, according to David J. Garff, founder and president of Accuvest Global Advisors. "Home bias is alive and well. The question is why," said...

Franklin fund manager: Pass on U.S., shop in Europe

May 11, 2011

Despite all the bad news surrounding European markets, a lot of good investment opportunities exist on the continent, according to Philippe Brugere-Trelat, executive vice president and portfolio manager at Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC. During...

Looking for stable bets in overseas markets? First, check the rainfall totals

April 5, 2011

Why is Libya exploding? Why are Iraq and Egypt always, even after many millennia, undemocratic? Why was there scarcely any looting or rioting in Japan even after the triple calamity of tsunami, earthquake and nuclear accident? Blame the rain....

Foreigners buy $11B in Japanese stock — in one week

March 25, 2011

Foreign investors bought a record amount of Japanese stocks last week after the nation's equities markets tumbled in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and resulting nuclear accident. Foreign investors bought 891 billion yen ($11 billion) in...

Japan temblor alone probably won't swamp reinsurers

March 11, 2011

Though yesterday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan by itself probably won't wallop reinsurers and insurance companies, placing the event in context with other recent disasters in Australia and New Zealand could inflict lasting pain on carriers....

Debt drama: Advisers forced to confront eurozone woes

December 5, 2010

For financial advisers and money managers, the latest twist in the eurozone's deepening debt drama — Ireland's $116 billion rescue package — is a stark reminder to remain nimble-footed with regard to exposure to foreign debt. “We're worried...

Don't let currencies bite you when investing in international equities

November 11, 2015

For U.S. investors, the case for international equity investing remains compelling in spite of all the market turmoil of the last few years. The reasons are well-rehearsed: about two-thirds of the global equity market by capitalization is outside...

One group that will survive the 'new normal': Pimco's El-Erian

June 15, 2010

Mohamed A. El-Erian, whose firm runs the world’s biggest mutual fund, says sovereign wealth funds are poised to profit from a reshaping of the global economy known as the “new normal.” “Although sovereign wealth funds were not able to...

Volatility, rates, currencies bolster case for allocation to global high yield

October 26, 2015

Chalk it up to human nature, but many investors tend to shy away from ostensibly riskier asset classes when market gyrations, currency fluctuations and interest-rate anxiety dominate the headlines. In other words, times like these. Yet the same...

Dollar's rally may spell trouble for foreign funds

January 10, 2010

With the U.S. dollar staging a surprising rally, investors who have piled into foreign stock and bond funds may get burned, some market watchers say. After all, if the dollar continues to move up against other currencies, returns on foreign...

Equity kicker? Shaolin monks plan IPO

December 17, 2009

The famed fighting monks of China's Shaolin Temple plan a foray into modern finance. The local government entity in charge of managing the 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple's tourism-related assets plan to join with China Travel Service in a venture...

Plenty of growth in China — and plenty of initial public offerings

December 15, 2009

China has outstripped the U.S. in the amount of money raised from stock listings, underscoring the region's stronger economy and a resurgence in investment. Companies have raised nearly $52 billion from initial public offerings on exchanges...

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