This Deal Won’t Last: Give to Charity Now!

Philanthropic US taxpayers should greet the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 with holiday cheer. The law extends several expired tax provisions for 2014 only—including qualified charitable IRA distributions. But other giving strategies may make some taxpayers merrier come tax time.

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European QE Draws Attention to Irish Bonds

John Taylor (pictured) and Dennis Shen Europe’s bond markets are starting to focus on the potential impact of ECB sovereign-bond purchases. While we expect QE to prompt a further narrowing of peripheral European sovereign-bond spreads, it’s important to stay focused on country fundamentals when selecting exposure.

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Are Bonds Really Less Risky than Equities?

It’s practically an investing axiom that government bonds are much less volatile than equities. But that depends on how you look at it. In fact, our research suggests that income streams from stocks are actually much less volatile than those of government bonds.

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More Upside than Downside in Oil

A combination of factors has driven oil prices down since midyear, and while oil prices could fall further in the next couple of months, we think they’re likely to rebound in 2015. If they don’t, there could be an even bigger surge down the road.

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Divergent Interest Rates: A Golden Opportunity

US interest rates look set to rise in 2015, and that’s unsettling for some fixed-income investors. But here’s the good news: US bonds aren’t the only game in town.

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Bond Investors Should Watch Out for the Flavor of the Month

Rising rates and inflation aren’t the biggest risks high-yield bond investors face today. We think the larger concerns are concentration and crowding stemming from low liquidity.

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European Small-Caps: Focus on Companies, Not Countries

Liliana Castillo Dearth (pictured) and Alan Connery Growth in the euro area has slowed sharply, but that’s not true for all companies in the region. We think worries about Europe’s recovery may offer investors the chance to buy quality, small-cap stocks for less than they would pay for similar-caliber companies elsewhere.

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Lessons Learned in 2014

In 2014, US stocks forged ahead, international developed and emerging-market stocks lagged, bonds did better than expected, and the IRS took a bigger bite. Here are some lessons for US investors to carry forward into 2015.

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Will Two Key Sectors Survive China’s “Long” Landing?

By Hayden Briscoe (pictured), Shamaila Khan and Jenny Zeng Based on insights from our team’s recent trip to China, we noted that the country is likely headed for a long economic landing. What does that mean for its infrastructure and commodity sectors?

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Five Ways to Tackle Risk in Emerging Equities

Nelson Yu (pictured) and Morgan C. Harting Emerging-market (EM) equities are far more turbulent than their developed-world peers. But there are several things investors can do to capture the attractive return potential while reducing volatility. Staying active is the lynchpin for success.

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