Security Check for Equity Declines

Sharon Fay (pictured) and Kent Hargis Protecting against stock-market declines is a top priority for many investors. But with lower-volatility stocks looking expensive today, will they get the job done if equities fall from new peaks?

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Sovereigns Look Seductive in Europe’s Periphery

Jorgen Kjaersgaard (pictured) and John Taylor Investment-grade bonds issued by nonfinancial firms in Europe’s peripheral countries have had a great run but now look expensive. In our view, government bonds from the likes of Spain and Italy offer better value for investors who want peripheral exposure.

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CAPE Fears Miss the Point

With the recent wobbles in the market, scary headlines about stock bubbles are back in the spotlight. We think all this foreboding overlooks an important point: In today’s low-return world, where better than stocks to put your money?

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The New Logic of M&A

There seems to be a new calculus at work in the recent rash of takeovers, as investors set aside their usual wariness of deals and dealmakers for the promise of growth these combinations may bring. We think it’s a good reason to stick with stocks.

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New Dawn for Peripheral Europe?

Darren Williams (pictured) and Dennis Shen When Mario Draghi pledged to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro in July 2012, nobody expected things to change so quickly. Peripheral bond markets have since turned around sharply, supporting the European economic recovery. But can the improvements be sustained after countries exit their bailouts?

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Bank Loans: Is the Yield Worth the Chase?

Investors who rush into high-yield bank loans seeking competitive returns might find the yield they chase is hardly worth the pursuit. Loan yields—currently quoted at about 5%—seem attractive at first blush, but we think there’s a lot less here than meets the eye.

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Asian Currencies to Stay Calm at Center of EM Storm

Emerging markets have fallen from favor, but does that mean investors should avoid them entirely? We don’t think so.

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Energy Future Holdings Default Highlights Risks of Leveraged Loans

The Texas-sized bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings, formerly known as TXU, may have been one of the more anticipated defaults of the past few years, but investors can still learn a lesson or two from it.

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Investing Across Asset Classes in Europe’s Recovery

Tawhid Ali (pictured) and Jorgen Kjaersgaard Europe’s recovery is becoming reality. In our view, successful investing in the continent today requires a selective approach that exploits dislocations by focusing on return-seeking assets across stock and bond markets.

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Cast a Wider Net for Asian Income Stocks

Stuart Rae (pictured) and Katsuhiko Mano Equity income has been a hot theme for Asian investors. But safer sectors that typically provide higher dividend yields are expensive. By casting a wider net, we think attractively priced income stocks can still be found in unexpected parts of the markets.

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