Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Shrugging Along

Since the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, it seems like many markets have gone nowhere but up—most notably in the United States. Brooks ...

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Exporting the “Bacon Genie” and Other Reasons to Be Bullish

From “Bacon Genies” to “Snuggies,” there’s little doubting Americans have a thirst for consumer goods, even those that don’t always appear to ...

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Greece: Stuck in the Middle

Greece seems to be stuck between political forces on the left (the Syriza party) and fiscal forces on the right (debt burdens, European Monetary ...

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Complexity, Critical States and Tributaries of Uncertainty

For long periods of time, the markets can advance relatively smoothly until a sudden onset of chaos occurs, a “tipping point” that quickly changes ...

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2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities

We continue to favor equities in emerging Asia over emerging Latin America due to what we view as stronger corporate fundamentals and attractive valuations.

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Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age

Brooks Ritchey, Senior Managing Director at K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, examines the merits of portfolio diversification when ...

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QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem with Economic Growth

What do quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity have to do with global central bank policy? Years of aggressive central bank policies ...

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“You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat”: Alpha and Interest Rates

Caution has been the dominant sentiment among investors in recent times even as equities have continued to march along. But as the prospect of ...

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Actively Managing for a Less-Correlated World

The 2007-2008 financial crisis and the monetary policy responses that helped to push interest rates in the developed world to historical lows also ...

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Fed Tapering Could Be Off The Table Until 2014

Sometimes, hindsight is insight. The mystery of why the Federal Reserve didn’t start pulling back or “tapering” its prolonged quantitative easing ...

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US Averts Crisis for Now, But Will Investors Lose Faith?

Investors around the world are breathing a sigh of relief that US Congressional lawmakers managed to come together for an 11th hour deal to avert ...

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Politics Secondary to US Equity Fundamentals

It’s easy to get caught up in the tense drama surrounding the government shutdown and the debt ceiling squabble between Congressional Republicans ...