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Interest rates in a highly indebted economy

In a highly indebted economy, there is no fixed cap on the level of interest rates. Any increase in interest rates must be consistent with tolerable debt service ratios, the existing stock of debt and private sector savings.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

From tactical to core — The case for emerging market debt

For many investors, emerging market debt could be viewed as a core-portfolio holding rather than a short-term tactical investment. 2013’s re-pricing created value in terms of higher yields, a more dedicated investor base and a better relative value argument.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing

PBGC’s 40th anniversary report – Some good news and some bad news

The overall financial position of the 40-year old Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is adequate for the next several years. However, the multiemployer deficit is a real concern.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives

Profit margin watch

Corporate profit margins can come under pronounced pressure from various forms of disruption. Firms need to invest in technology and distribution systems to support customer preferences and stay competitive.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy

Harvesting a New Moderation in Asia

Companies with competitive strengths still intact should have positive profit growth once adaptive change gets underway. The ability to control cost is essential to surviving the growth slowdown in Asia Pacific ex Japan.

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Oil and the high yield market

By Jennifer Ponce de Leon, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of High Yield and Mark Van Holland, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager 

Size of the Energy Sector

Because the energy sector is a large component of the U.S. high yield market relative to some other asset classes, the market has received increased scrutiny due to recent declines in oil prices. Prior to the recent sell off, energy accounted for more than 15% of the high yield market, making it by far the largest industry (healthcare is the second largest at approximately 8.5%).

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Investing selectively in Asia

Beneath the surface of slowdown headlines lay pockets of exciting growth opportunities. As companies step back from chasing revenue growth and start emphasizing profit delivery, better cash flows and dividend payouts typically follow.

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The pursuit of pricing power

Recent oil and commodity price declines have raised concerns about global deflation and price stability. Areas with pricing power deserve a premium, and as with any merchandise, when it is increasingly scarce, that premium can become substantial.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

ECB asset purchases — Bazooka or damp squib?

With inflation expectations declining to the levels that preceded the recent shift in policy, should the ECB and the financial markets be worried? In our view, the ECB probably won’t be wholly impressed by the reaction of inflation expectations to recently announced measures, and will be keeping a close eye on favored measures.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Markets
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