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: 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.

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.

The Eurozone and Concerns of a Grexit

January 20, 2015 | International Markets

Europe and the United States exited the Global Financial Crisis in 2009 on a similar economic growth trajectory, but Europe soon took a turn for the worse. Concerns over previously underreported levels of Greek sovereign debt led to widespread fears regarding the health of other nations...