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Japan: Still a bear or 800-lb. gorilla?

July 9, 2013

For over two decades, Japan endured an economic and financial market slump that rendered it the proverbial elephant in the room. It was there, but no one wanted to pay it any attention, much less commit assets. We don't necessarily count ourselves...

What keeps institutional investors up at night?

September 26, 2012

The bad news coming out of Europe has slowed to a trickle over the past couple months, but institutional investors don't expect the good times to last. Seven out of 10 institutional investors cited fallout from Europe's sovereign-debt crisis...

BRICs a slam-dunk, say stock pickers

July 3, 2012

The biggest emerging markets are contributing more than ever to the global economy as their proportion of the world stock market shrinks, leaving investors with the widest valuation gap in seven years. Brazil, Russia, India and China, known...

Greek vote seen as positive, but investors still negative

June 18, 2012

The European markets are following the predictable adage of buying on the rumor and selling on the news after yesterday's elections in Greece. On the heals of a rally leading up to the elections, which was won by the party most likely to embrace...

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...

Eurozone starting to resemble a blasting zone, says fund boss

June 1, 2012

All the king's horses and all the king's men are not likely to be able to hold the eurozone together, according to Dave Kavanagh, president of Dearborn Capital Management LLC, a $1 billion managed-futures firm. “There has been an enormous...

Crunch time for Europe

May 29, 2012

The following is weekly market commentary provided by Raymond James & Associates. The European debt crisis has been a long, slow motion catastrophe. The powers that be (the European Central Bank and European Union leaders) have lumbered from...

'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...

China's ghost towns should scare investors: BlackRock

April 17, 2012

China faces increasing challenges in maintaining its above-average growth rates, according to a BlackRock report. "China's old playbook of 'invest and grow' no longer works so well," BlackRock analysts said in a report the money manager released...

Purging of emerging market stocks halts, shares hit two-month high

January 18, 2012

Emerging-market stocks headed to a two-month high on speculation Greece is nearing a deal to write down debt. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (MXEF) climbed 0.6 percent to 978.18 at 10:15 a.m. in New York, set for its highest close since Nov....

Crisis in Europe no 'cause for alarm': Mark Mobius

November 15, 2011

Europe's debt crisis won't push the global economy into a recession because liquidity provided by central banks is fueling underlying demand, said Franklin Templeton Investments' Mark Mobius. “We just don't see any cause for alarm in the sense...

Wall Street veterans signal warning on emerging market risks

August 28, 2017

More investors are joining the cast of Wall Street veterans from Jeff Gundlach to Ray Dalio in warning that risky assets are overvalued. They point to rising global turmoil underscored by the recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the racially...

Pullet surprise? Tiny U.S. investment firm bests large Chinese company in chicken flap

July 11, 2011

Yuhe International Inc., a Chinese chicken breeder whose business model is based on quick turnaround, took only three days to acknowledge it had been bested by two short sellers in rural Pennsylvania. The investors, who run GeoInvesting LLC,...

Advisers: Treasuries out, emerging markets in

May 12, 2011

Financial advisers plan to dump Treasury bills and fixed-income investments from their clients' portfolios this year in favor of equities, according to a recent survey. In a March survey of 805 financial advisers by Aberdeen Asset Management...

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...

Pimco, others big buyers of this red-hot asset class

April 19, 2011

Pacific Investment Management Co. and other investors are boosting holdings of yuan-denominated assets as debt crises worsen in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Pimco has a “favorable view of the yuan,” London-based fund manager Maria Gordon...

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....

Barton Biggs ‘not panicked,' not selling over Egypt riots

February 1, 2011

Barton Biggs, who recommended buying U.S. stocks when the Standard & Poor's 500 Index started rallying in 2009, said riots in Egypt are no reason to sell. The S&P 500 slumped 1.8 percent on Jan. 28, the most in five months, after intensifying...

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