Equity Shock Absorbers Pass October Test

Kent Hargis (pictured) and Chris Marx After nearly nine months of calm, equity market volatility has returned and is threatening investors with the prospect of losing money. We believe the recent episode in US and global stocks reinforces the case for having a strategic allocation to equities that can withstand shocks.

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After the Beta Trade in Emerging Markets

Sammy Suzuki (pictured) and Morgan Harting It’s getting harder to generate equity returns in emerging markets (EMs). Simply chasing the index—the so-called beta trade—won’t do the job anymore. But with a more discriminating, active approach, we believe investors can still capture opportunities in the next phase of the EM growth evolution.

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Are Asia ex Japan Equities Primed for a Comeback?

Stuart Rae (pictured) and Rajeev Eyunni As developed-market equities continue to scale multiyear highs, their emerging-market counterparts—most notably Asian ex Japan stocks—have been more hesitant. Is it time for investors to take a closer look at the region?

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Avoiding Short-Term Gains

Want to reduce tax on your investment income? Avoid sales of appreciated stocks held less than a year. Here’s how it might have helped some disappointed Facebook shareholders earlier this year.

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Asian Tastes Add Spice to Consumer Industry Returns

Asian consumers are proud of their distinct tastes and traditions. That puts homegrown restaurant franchises and consumer companies with a deep knowledge of local appetites at the top of the food chain. In our view, they stand a good chance of staying there, even as competition from global franchises and brands picks up.

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Could Bad News Mean Good News for European Equities?

Much of the recent economic data from the euro zone has been decidedly downbeat, with growth trends weak and signs of deflation emerging. The good news is that Europe’s policymakers are responding vigorously. We may now be in a “bad news is good news” scenario for European equities.

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Growing Older in Emerging Markets

The rapidly aging demographic in developing countries is an important market for consumer companies. For investors, it’s imperative to understand why complex socioeconomic changes will affect spending patterns in unfamiliar ways as emerging markets mature.

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Finding Fashion in Asian Small Caps

Investors looking for the kind of growth that up-and-coming smaller companies can deliver can’t afford to ignore Asia. We see exciting niche opportunities there—but finding them requires patience and on-the-ground expertise.

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Can Real Estate Stocks Cope with Rising Rates?

After a sharp five-year rally in US real estate stocks, investors are questioning whether they may be vulnerable to a rise in interest rates. Our research suggests that global real estate stocks may be more likely to weather a changing rate environment.

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China’s Reforms Open New Path to Equities

Stuart Rae (pictured) and John Lin For investors in China equities, there have traditionally been two ways of approaching the market: through expensive growth stocks, or risky contrarian plays. Now, thanks to China’s reforms, there’s a third way which may offer a better balance of risk and return.

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