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  1. Are These the Golden Days for Gold?

    Given an environment of low and even negative yields, slow growth and potential signs of rising inflation, Russ discusses ...
  2. An Underappreciated Trend Supporting European Stocks

    This week’s chart focuses on an underappreciated trend that supports the case for European stocks: The European consumer ...
  3. The Europe Behind the Headlines

    April was far from the cruelest month for investors. Most will have felt sentiment improve behind equities, high-yield bonds, ...
  4. The Challenge the Fed Faces (in 2 Powerful Charts)

    The Fed faces a big challenge as it seeks to raise interest rates this year: The central bank already missed the “window ...
  5. 3 Things You Should Know About Factor Investing

    Learn about factor strategies in data and technology to give all investors access to time-tested investment ideas, once only ...
  6. The Surprising Force Behind Gold’s Rally

    Gold has shown resilience to dropping prices compared to other commodities, and has regained its status as a “safe haven” ...
  7. Global Retail Trade: Exploring Revenue Trends & Fundamentals

    Explore data on global geographical retail sector revenue exposure, and identify factors driving retail consumption and trends ...
  8. PIMCO Report: 3 Thoughts on Recession

    Find out what PIMCO's March 2016 Macro Perspectives report says about the likelihood of recession in 2016 and the years thereafter.
  9. To Correctly Predict the Fed’s Policy Path, Watch This

    The Federal Reserve (Fed) left policy unchanged last week, continuing a “wait-and-see” approach appropriate for today’s global ...
  10. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bond

    Though U.S. Treasuries are not as expensive as government bonds, U.S. bonds are offering a relatively paltry real return, ...
  11. Global Industrial Services: 3 Key Industry Players (ETE, 601668)

    Obtain a better understanding of the key global companies within the industrial services sector, and which goods and services ...
  12. PIMCO Report: 4 Views on the 2016 Market and Beyond

    Learn about PIMCO's outlook for capital markets in 2016, and find out which factors will dominate investment strategies in ...
  13. Tempted by Fallen Angels

    As a swathe of the commodities sector is stripped of its investment-grade ratings a few gems will inevitably get caught in ...
  14. Is The TPP Dead?

    The TPP isn’t officially dead, but it has been convicted in the court of public opinion and is waiting on death row.
  15. Ray Dalio Report: The Economic Machine and Where We Are Now

    See why hedge fund manager Ray Dalio thinks he's figured out business cycles and why the simplest answer might not always ...
  16. Can Japanese Stocks Rise Again?

    This week’s chart shows how Japanese companies’ inflation expectations have been steadily declining in recent quarters, amid ...
  17. A Handy Tool for Comparing Sovereign Credit Risk

    Sovereign debt is not “risk free.” In reality, sovereigns never were devoid of credit risk, but the probability of capital ...
  18. Did We Reach a Ceiling to Fuel Growth by Borrowing?

    Find out how years of low interest rates and high borrowing have left the world economy with anemic growth and unprecedented ...
  19. Diversification Pays While Low Inflation Stays

    Find out why neither rising rates nor rising defaults would spell the end of opportunistic, diversified fixed income.
  20. How the Weapons Trade is Killing It in the U.S. (RTN, LMT)

    Find out the reasons why the weapons trade is expanding abroad and in the United States, and what it means for U.S. defense ...
  21. Ireland Economics: 3 Troubling Similarities to Greece

    Discover how recent political changes in Ireland could compromise years of balance sheet improvements and economic growth, ...
  22. Negative Interest Rates: Would Americans Spend More?

    Find out why the experimental negative interest rate policy from the Federal Reserve might not spur Americans to spend more ...
  23. How Did Puerto Rico End Up With So Much Debt ?

    Learn how heavy bond issuance, economic decline, oppressive social spending and a declining population combined to bring ...
  24. Wanted: Monetary Policy Plan B

    Learn how central banks have been the only game in town for years now, driving asset prices higher with the help of interest ...
  25. Consider Leverage in a Negative Yield World

    Find out how leveraging negative yield bonds may help you beat the current deflationary market, but be aware of the greater ...
  26. 3 Japanese Inflation and Policy Implications from PIMCO's Tadashi Kakuchi

    Learn three critical implications for policy and inflation of Japan's introduction of negative interest rates, based on comments ...
  27. Boeing Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Customers (BA)

    Take a closer look at several important Boeing Corporation customers, and learn more about how much business they bring the ...
  28. What to Look for From The Fed

    Once again it is time for the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) Board of Governors meeting, and the market is eager to see what ...
  29. A Window of Opportunity for Emerging Market Assets

    This week’s chart shows why we are in a sweet spot for emerging market (EM) assets with a weakening U.S. dollar, a rebound ...
  30. Negative Interest Rates Require Flexibility in Fixed Income

    Here’s a quick look at four charts showing just a few of the interrelated ways the global fixed income markets have dramatically ...
  31. Thoughts from John Hussman on Markets

    Find out what famed market forecaster John Hussman, who correctly called the 2000 and 2007 crashes, thinks about the current ...
  32. 4 Challenges China Faces According to PIMCO

    Get the latest thoughts from Luke Spajic, executive vice president and portfolio manager in Singapore for PIMCO, on challenges ...
  33. Do Big Soccer Tournaments Boost Market Performance?

    See why the conventional wisdom about the World Cup — that it boosts economic activity and helps local stock markets — is ...
  34. 8 Harmful Side Effects of Continued European Quantitative Easing (Q.E.)

    Read about eight harmful side effects of European Central Bank's decision to boost its quantitative easing (QE) program and ...
  35. What to Expect at April's FOMC Meeting

    The Fed won't raise rates Wednesday, but it's worth paying close attention to Yellen's comments about the future trajectory ...
  36. Do the Olympics Boost Market Performance?

    Learn about the economics of the Olympics, and why estimates about stock market boosts for the host country are probably ...
  37. (ATI) Who are Allegheny Technologies' Main Competitors?

    Read about the specialty metals and components producer Allegheny Technologies, and learn more about its operations and competitive ...
  38. Global Transportation: Exploring Revenue Trends and Fundamentals

    Explore the geographic trends in global transportation sector revenues, and discover the factors that influence revenue contribution ...
  39. Does Quantitative Easing (Q.E.) Add to Inequality?

    Learn about quantitative easing (QE) and whether or not this new central banking policy tool plays a role in helping or hindering ...
  40. Why This Finance Pro Sees Deflating Bubbles

    Here's why this finance expert believes not only that there are bubbles but that they are deflating.
  41. 3 Ways Tax Haven Governments Make Money

    If the governments of tax haven countries impose little, or no, income taxes, how exactly do these nations generate revenue?
  42. The Debt Report: The Industrials Sector

    Discover how industrial companies in the United States have added more debt since the Great Recession, which could spell ...
  43. Goldman Sachs Expects Three Rate Hikes in 2016 (GS)

    Explore the factors surrounding the Fed's recent decision to forgo raising interest rates and uncover Goldman Sachs' prediction ...
  44. AQR Capital Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Discover the investment strategies and secrets of hedge fund powerhouse AQR Capital Management LLC in the alternative investment ...
  45. Can Blockchain and Bitcoin Help the World's Poorest

    Bitcoin and blockchain is thought to have practical functionality in various industries, but can it alleviate poverty?
  46. Why Investors are Bailing on Japanese Stocks

    Foreign investors have pulled out of Japanese equities to the tune of $46 billion so far this year.
  47. How to Prepare for the Low Return Environment Ahead

    Learn about the big takeaway from this week’s chart: Investors aiming for higher returns over the next five years should ...
  48. Does 2016 Spell the End of a Global Debt Cycle?

    Examine the growth of global debt from 2010 to 2015. Emerging market debt has grown significantly, while advanced economy ...
  49. Is the Chinese Economy Backed into a Corner?

    China has two options in response to a slowing economy. Are either of them viable?
  50. The Minimum Wage: Does It Matter?

    The numbers show that a fight for a living wage is more important than a fight for a raise in minimum wage.
  51. What Happens to Bond ETFs in Stressed Markets?

    We are going to dive a little deeper today at how bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) fare when the markets are stressed.
  52. The BRICs to Consider Now

    Many fund managers have raised their emerging market (EM) allocations lately, and we’ve warmed up in general to the asset ...
  53. SocGen Economist: Recession is Inevitable

    Albert Edwards, global strategist at Société Générale, believes a recession is inevitable. His prophecy relates to historical ...
  54. Where Does the Economy Go from Here?

    Is the economy headed in the right direction or toward doom and gloom?
  55. SandRidge's 3 Key Financial Ratios (SDOC)

    Learn more about SandRidge Energy, Inc., a history of the company's performance and financial stability through key financial ...
  56. A Statistic About the U.S. Economy that May Surprise You

    Learn why many commentators seem to be pessimistically focused on the U.S. economy’s weak wage growth and manufacturing sector ...
  57. How to Play a Sideways Market (XIV)

    Dennis Gartman doesn't believe the market will be a raging bull or vicious bear. If he's right, there is a way to play it. ...
  58. Using the TIPS Spread to Predict Inflation (TIP, ATPIX)

    Learn how analysts and investors use the TIPS spread to forecast inflation rates, and how accurate the TIPS spread has been ...
  59. 3 Themes That Will Shape Markets This Quarter

    Fears of a global recession hit markets hard at the start of the year. Yet the anxiety has waned.
  60. Is the Fed On the Right Track?

    Find out why the Federal Reserve (Fed) missed its window to raise interest rates nearly three years ago, when conditions ...
  61. Why It’s Time for More Caution Toward Credit

    Learn why it’s time for more caution toward credit, as prices declined and yields increased.
  62. Is There a Bear Market Around the Corner?

    Is a bear market around the corner?
  63. Is the Economy Headed for Stagflation?

    The last time stagflation was a popular word was the 1970s. Is this where the economy and stocks are headed?
  64. The Brazilian Real: A Case Study (PBR)

    Take a five-year tour with the Brazilian real (BRL), a currency that has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, ...
  65. PIMCO and BlackRock See Inflation on Horizon

    PIMCO and BlackRock see inflation on the horizon. If you think they are correct here's how to invest.
  66. Where Are Rates Headed?

    Will rates rise, be cut or stay the same in 2016? Economists weigh in.
  67. What the Strong Jobs Report Means for Home Depot

    With more jobs are being created, combined with both rising wages and improved housing, means consumers will have more money ...
  68. 3 U.S. Equity Market Trends in 2016 (SLX, SPY)

    Learn about three U.S. equity market trends that are impacting stock prices. How these trends resolve will determine winners ...
  69. Where Will Currencies Go From Here?

    We discuss the factors behind these 3 trends: a rising U.S. dollar, a selloff in EM currencies and a weakening yuan, and ...
  70. Do You Believe in Central Bank Magic?

    There are credible explanations for the recent economic rally, but most importantly, central banks have added still more ...
  71. The Market Chart You Need to See This Week

    This week’s chart helps show why current low levels of stock market volatility look unsustainable and why now is a good time ...
  72. (Re)emerging Markets?

    Find out why after a volatile 2015, many investors seem to be returning to emerging markets (EM).
  73. Is This the Final Stage of Economic Growth?

    The economy and stock market are showing sustainable improvements. Will this continue for the long term?
  74. Is a Housing Crisis Brewing?

    Price appreciation in hot real estate markets is due to investor speculation, not income growth and traditional home buying. ...
  75. Will the Federal Reserve Hike Rates in April?

    Here's a look at what the Federal Reserve will or won't do in April and why.
  76. How Is the Bank of Japan Monetizing Government Debt?

    With its massive QE program and more recent adoption of negative interest rates, it looks like the BOJ is monetizing the ...
  77. Why Jim Paulsen Sees a Bunny Market

    Market strategist Jim Paulsen sees a bunny market. What is a bunny market and how should investors approach it?
  78. Morgan Stanley Sees 30% Chance of Global Recession

    Morgan Stanley has raised the likelihood of a global recession to 30% from 20%. Here's why.
  79. This Trend Could Influence Interest Rate Policy

    Learn why the Fed’s decision to leave its benchmark rate at its current level is a representation of the “wait-and-see” trend ...
  80. Are Hard Times Ahead for China?

    China is suffering from its most devastating economic slowdown since 1990. Are hard times ahead?
  81. The Real Reason Markets Are Volatile

    Market watchers have thrown out many theories to explain the elevated volatility across asset classes, but here is a better ...
  82. 4 Consequences of Draghi's Negative Rate Policy

    What has been the effect of negative interest rates on Europe's economy so far? Here are a few pros and cons.
  83. Why David Stockman Remains Bearish on Economy

    David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan era, is bearish on the economy. Here's ...
  84. Will the Fed Hike Rates as Soon as June?

    The Fed decided not to raise rates in March. Is a hike likely in June?
  85. How Globalization Affects Developed Countries

    The increase in communications technology has companies competing in a global market.
  86. How The Federal Reserve Manages Money Supply

    Find out how the Fed manages bank reserves and this contributes to a stable economy.
  87. Cost-Push Inflation Versus Demand-Pull Inflation

    Gain a deeper understanding of aggregate supply and demand, forces which raise the price of goods and services.
  88. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And Bonds

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  89. The Difference Between Finance And Economics

    Learn the differences between these closely related disciplines and how they inform and influence each other.
  90. How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    Interest rates can have both positive and negative effects on U.S. stocks, bonds and inflation.
  91. Gundlach: S&P Has 2% Upside, 20% Downside

    Everyone has an opinion, but Gundlach's opinion has been right on the money. Therefore, it would make sense to listen.
  92. ITT Corporation: An Activist Investment Analysis (ITT, VEC)

    Take a detailed look at activist Relational Investors' involvement in the breakup of ITT, as well as some of the positive ...
  93. Will European Deflation Lead to More Stimulus?

    Discover why the European Central Bank is likely to announce a bolder stimulus package after consumer prices declined 0.2% ...
  94. Acadian Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight (STT)

    Take a closer look at Acadian Asset Management, the Boston-based global equity investment advisory firm that specializes ...
  95. Where Would the S&P 500 Be Without Fed Stimulus?

    Have you asked yourself where the S&P 500 would be without assistance? Here's a conservative estimate.
  96. Whose Way is Best: Janet Yellen or Mario Draghi?

    Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi are serving up very different strategies to try and bolster their countries' economies. One ...
  97. The Implications of a Brexit

    Learn about the implications of a Brexit: The United Kingdom remaining as a member of the European Union (EU) or leave it.
  98. Trump vs. Clinton: Who's Better for the Markets?

    Who is likely to be a more market-friendly president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
  99. 3 Factors Driving Gold Prices Higher in 2016 (GLD)

    Find out how uncertainty, interest rates and inflation expectations drove gold prices higher in early 2016 and why analysts ...
  100. 3 Catalysts That Can Boost U.S. Equities (XLE)

    Find out how rebounding energy prices, deceleration of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and improving economic data can ...
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