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March 4, 2016

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far. But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far.

But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

After decades of risk aversion, an improvement in the economy is leading companies to start addressing the chronically low returns on equity their investors have endured for years.

November 3, 2015

Macroeconomic and political issues continue to dominate the investment agenda in 2015, as uncertainty over Greece gave way to China's equity sell-off and surprise currency devaluation.

Macroeconomic and political issues continue to dominate the investment agenda in 2015, as uncertainty over Greece gave way to China's equity sell-off and surprise currency devaluation.

Chinese stocks crashed back down to earth in August though, by virtue of significant gains early in the year, the country's stock markets remain among the best performing of 2015.

July 24, 2015

Volatility in the US Treasury market at the end of 2014 could be a taste of the next financial panic. And risk parity, a hedge fund strategy that made hay through leveraged exposure to bonds over the last 20 years, may be part of the problem rather than the solution.

Volatility in the US Treasury market at the end of 2014 could be a taste of the next financial panic.

And risk parity, a hedge fund strategy that made hay through leveraged exposure to bonds over the last 20 years, may be part of the problem rather than the solution.

Risk parity strategies create specific risk levels across an investment portfolio in contrast to traditional allocation models that are based on holding a certain percentage of investment class, such as 60% equities and 40% bonds, within a portfolio.

November 26, 2013

Europe has been unloved by investors for a long time. The debt crisis and consequent political uncertainty about the future of the euro has understandably had investors running for safer places to put their money.

Europe has been unloved by investors for a long time. The debt crisis and consequent political uncertainty about the future of the euro has understandably had investors running for safer places to put their money.

However, with the US going through a debt crisis of its own – with unforeseeable consequences on emerging markets – it may be time to rethink investment in Europe.

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