Country in Focus: India

June 27, 2017 | Market Commentary

India is one of our most preferred countries from a top-down macroeconomic standpoint, not only within the emerging market universe, but within the entire global investment landscape.

Country In Focus: France

May 10, 2017 | Market Commentary

France has been in the news recently due to its contentious presidential election. Our newest Country in Focus goes beyond the headlines to examine the world’s sixth largest economy.

Country In Focus: Japan

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

Japan seems to have fallen off the financial media radar of late, so perhaps it is a good time to check in with the world’s third largest economy. Even as the political calendar continues to heat up with the recent U.S. election which now shifts...

Country in Focus: Canada

November 03, 2016 | International Markets

With the U.S. presidential election upon us, one probably does not need to search too hard for pledges by friends or family to move to Canada depending on the outcome. Regardless of the credibility of these threats, our latest Country In Focus post takes deep look at the investment environment north of the border.

Country in Focus: Brazil

October 03, 2016 | Emerging Markets

Brazil’s natural advantages are clear — a young and expanding population, a growing middle class, abundant fertile land, a modern agricultural industry, a plethora of natural resources, and beautiful beaches that are tourist magnets.

Country in Focus: Indonesia

August 31, 2016 | Emerging Markets

Emerging markets tend to intrigue investors and policymakers alike, if for no other reason than they are typically quite dynamic economically and politically. For investors, the changing landscape can represent a plethora of opportunities to sniff out sustainable trends early and profit from what are often dramatic swings in market expectations.

Country in Focus: European Union

August 15, 2016 | International Markets

There has been an enormous amount of ink and intellectual capital deployed in recent weeks in the wake of the United Kingdom's (UK) historic referendum decision to leave the European Union (EU).

Research Note - August 2016

August 10, 2016 | Market Commentary

A recurring topic in our Research Notes in 2016 has been the importance of being prepared for market volatility against a backdrop of slow economic growth and relatively full valuations.

Country in Focus: Italy

April 06, 2016 | Emerging Markets

Italy is the third largest economy in the eurozone. It is the second most visited country in Europe, and has become a pillar of modern design for everything from high-fashion clothing to luxury sports cars. With its famous culture, architecture, and palatial landscapes on one hand, and its state-of-the-art, high-end auto industry on the other, Italy often represents an intersection of old and new.

Country in Focus: China

February 26, 2016 | Emerging Markets

As long-term investors, we aim to see the big picture globally and keep our focus on the structural characteristics that should affect a country over time. China remains one of the countries where we see scope for continued outperformance in terms of economic growth, as well as a destination for many profitable investment opportunities.

Research Note: January 2016

February 09, 2016 | Market Commentary

2016 has made quite an entrance so far with the S&P 500 experiencing the worst beginning to a calendar year (through the first 10 trading days of the year) in history. The financial press has attributed the recent volatility to a variety of suspects, including concerns about Chinese economic growth, falling oil prices, fears of a U.S. recession, and the possibility of a policy mistake by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Country in Focus: India

December 21, 2015 | Emerging Markets

India is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world, in addition to being one of the largest. It is likely to surpass Italy and Brazil in nominal GDP within a year or so, and it will almost certainly surpass China as the fastest growing major economy in 2015.

Country in Focus: Russia

September 16, 2015 | Emerging Markets

Russia has claimed its fair share of news media headlines in the past two years, starting with allegations over the country’s covert involvement in the initial uprising in Ukraine and subsequently its annexation of Crimea in March 2014.

Country in Focus: South Korea

August 07, 2015 | International Markets

South Korea is a country which tends to get bounced back and forth between being thought of as an emerging market or a developed one, depending on who you talk to. In terms of the investment risk profile of the country, we tend to think about it as a developed country, since it has many developed country characteristics.

Country in Focus: Germany

July 13, 2015 | International Markets

Germany is a large, economically diverse, and technologically advanced export powerhouse. Its hypercompetitive economy has benefited immensely in recent years from past reforms to its labor market regulation and welfare system. The country has developed a well-educated and skilled labor force, solid infrastructure, and a strong legal framework characterized by robust institutions and relatively low levels of corruption.

Country in Focus: The United Kingdom

June 01, 2015 | International Markets

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has many structural characteristics that are very similar to the United States. The country has strong legal and political institutions, characterized by a well-established rule of law, a transparent regulatory framework, and a relatively business-friendly policy environment.

Country in Focus: Australia

April 30, 2015 | International Markets

Australia is a country which has been referred to in recent years by various financial media outlets as everything from a lucky country to a miracle. After all, the country has been among the very best performing developed economies over the course of the past two decades and has not experienced a recession in over 24 years.

The Impact of QE on European Financial Markets

March 30, 2015 | International Markets

On March 9, the European Central Bank began a long-awaited Quantitative Easing program whose principal mission is to reverse the very sharp drop in measures of actual inflation as well as future inflation expectations in the Eurozone member economies.

Country in Focus: Brazil

March 27, 2015 | Emerging Markets

Brazil is the world’s seventh-largest economy and its population of over 200 million continues to gain purchasing power. The middle class is growing, and accounts for more than half of consumers. Millions have been lifted out of poverty, but government intervention in the economy continues to cause...

Emerging Markets Investing

March 17, 2015 | Emerging Markets

The long-term growth prospects in many of the world’s developing economies are extraordinary, even more compelling when compared to the slow growth of the developed world. The consumer markets in many of these countries are large, with rapidly expanding middle class populations...