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FTSE announces first emerging markets indexes with China A shares exposure

May 26, 2015

FTSE Tuesday announced the launch of two “transitional indexes” allowing institutional investors to add an initial increment of China A shares exposure to their emerging markets benchmarks. A London-based FTSE spokeswoman said the FTSE Emerging...

When investing in emerging-markets economies, stock picking beats indexed exposure

May 24, 2015

Investing in emerging-markets economies is less about why than about how and where. Publicly traded companies in the emerging markets with a market capitalization of at least $300 million are represented by more than 6,000 stocks. That compares...

Three-year-old ETF becomes only game in town for investors hoping to play Greece volatility

July 3, 2015

For Greek stock speculators, a three-year- old security listed in the U.S. was just about the only game in town this week. The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF traded a record 14 million shares over three days, plunging 19% on Monday and then regaining...

When the White House starts giving investment advice, we're all in trouble

March 28, 2014

When the White House starts dishing out advice about investing in the global equity markets, apparently short-sellers don't listen. And why should they? On March 18, press secretary Jay Carney said that the only investments worth making in Russian...

A tale of two Chinas: one old, one new

June 5, 2016

To the casual observer, headlines about China over the past year suggest doom and gloom. Those who take a deeper look, however, will find a divergent storyline comes to light: China's economy is moving in two different directions. Earnings releases...

Emerging-markets debt market offers more than yield

May 24, 2015

In the wake of the global financial crisis, financial advisers have been faced with the unenviable task of generating income and attractive returns for their clients in a world where yields on many fixed-income securities have been at or near...

Russia and the energy-stock short-sale question

March 25, 2014

Regarding Russia, is it time to start shorting oil and gas stocks? Keep in mind, we're talking about an economy built precariously on exporting massive amounts of raw materials to foreign buyers. It's complicated Here's what could happen to...

Good or bad, jobs report could roil the markets, investors

May 8, 2015

Today is the day for the big jobs report everyone's been waiting for. Good or bad, the report could jolt markets. Is bitcoin back? A Bitcoin exchange gets its first stamp of approval from New York We can spend a day (OK, maybe half a day) debating...

U.S. target-date funds have strong home-country equity bias

April 10, 2018

Target-date funds generally still have a strong U.S. equity bias, according to a Mercer target-date report released Monday. The consulting firm's survey covered 68 off-the-shelf mutual fund and collective investment trust target-date series....

Back to the future: The Japanification of Europe?

March 3, 2015

Mention Japan to an economist and she'll tell you about deflation, debt crises, demographic pressures and decades lost in economic stagnation. In fact, the ingredients of every policymaker's nightmare scenario and the situation Eurozone monetary...

John Maynard Keynes: Economist by day, high-flying portfolio manager by night

December 30, 2014

John Maynard Keynes. You know him as the author of the 1936 General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money. But from 1924 until his death in 1946, Mr. Keynes was the CIO of Cambridge's King's College.(1) While economists rarely furnish practical...

Global markets giving a nod to the latest U.S. economic data

November 11, 2013

European equities opened the week on a positive note following the stronger economic data out of the U.S. last week. Keeping an eye on the Fed's tapering plans The latest U.S. data is also helping to support the strength of the dollar. Holding...

Cuba's move toward capitalism may accelerate

December 18, 2014

During a trip to Cuba earlier this year, I visited Jay-Z and Beyonce's favorite paladar in Havana. A paladar is a restaurant in a private residence and owned by the proprietor. The meal our group enjoyed was at La Guarida, in a building that...

Alibaba eligible for MSCI equity indexes as Russia snubbed

January 18, 2015

MSCI Inc. (MSCI) will allow some companies with overseas stock-market listings in its equity indexes, opening the door to China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) while excluding Russian firms amid economic sanctions. Companies with listings...

To invest during a trade war, think local and think small

April 9, 2018

How do you invest for a trade war? The current consensus, at least as measured by ETF returns, is to think U.S. and to think small. President Donald J. Trump fired the first salvo on trade March 9 when he announced $25 billion in tariffs on...

Unprecedented demand for ETF tracking Chinese stocks

November 26, 2014

The largest U.S. ETF that tracks mainland Chinese stocks has jumped to a record premium to its underlying assets as unprecedented demand forces fund manager Deutsche Bank AG to all but stop taking in new money. The $646 million Deutsche X-trackers...

Where are the flows?

September 8, 2014

How do you make sense of lackluster flows into equity funds amid the longest outperformance for U.S. stocks since the presidency of Richard Nixon? S&P 500 beating world doesn't spark flows This is Apple's big week but something's missing. 4...

IPO markets don't need Alibaba for best quarter since 2010

September 30, 2014

Ali ... who? One company dominated the conversation about initial public offerings in the third quarter, and for good reason: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) raised a record-breaking $25 billion in the U.S. this month. Leave it out of the...

Why U.S. investors are buying foreign stocks

July 26, 2014

Many Americans are making smart moves with their investment portfolios. They just might not know it. With U.S. stocks at records and many commentators saying they're overpriced, American investors are diversifying into cheaper international...

European equities have room to climb as global stocks continue to recover

June 27, 2014

Global equity markets, led by the U.S., have continued to recover from their lows hit during the 2007-08 financial crisis. To assess the potential for further gains, I find it useful to take a longer-term perspective. On a 10-year basis, whether...

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