Markets & Economy

Britons Vote in Favor of Brexit

June 24, 2016 | International Markets

Yesterday, citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) collectively voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU). Now begins the process of negotiating a withdrawal accord and the terms of the UK’s relationship with the political-economic bloc, including 80,000 pages of EU trade agreements. …

Digital Trends Driving Opportunity

June 02, 2016 | Investment Themes

The internet has evolved into the primary source of information for all of society and is quickly becoming the foundation for voice, video, and data communications. Not only does the internet provide an alternative means to distribute and repurpose content, but the massive adoption of the …

“Go for Growth” Still a Sound Strategy in Today’s Market

May 18, 2016 | Investment Themes

Stocks perceived as mitigating the effects of market volatility were popular among investors in the first quarter. Big swings in equity markets drove a flight to quality that benefitted dividend-paying sectors such as Utilities and Telecommunication Services (which were the two best- …

Update on Brazil—Rousseff to Face an Impeachment Trial

May 12, 2016 | International Markets

Brazil’s Senate voted yesterday to hold an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff, handing her another setback after she lost an impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress last month. Rousseff must now step aside for as long as 180 days while the Senate trial takes place. Vice …

The Rise of Indonesian Consumerism

April 20, 2016 | Emerging Markets

When Joko “Jokowi” Widodo assumed the office of president of Indonesia in October 2014, we were cautiously optimistic that his success as governor of Jakarta would be replicated on a national scale. Yet shortly after taking office, our enthusiasm waned amid political disappointments …

The Two Important Questions Facing Brazil

March 29, 2016 | International Markets

Headlines out of Brazil in recent months have been dominated by the political circus tied to the potential impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. The last couple of weeks have been no different, but some new twists and turns have upped the chances that Rousseff will soon be out of a job. …


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