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July 09, 2015 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Global investors continued to focus on the usual suspects during the second quarter of 2015: central bank activity, major foreign exchange rates, oil prices, and ongoing brinkmanship between Greece and its international creditors. The trend seen in recent periods …

Markets & Economy » Is Japan’s Economic Recovery Real or Imagined?

June 15, 2015 | International Markets

A quick glance across global equity markets reveals that Japan has been among the strongest performing countries recently. The Nikkei 225 advanced roughly 40% in the 12 months through May, beating returns of U.S. and global indices such as the S&P 500 Total Return Index and MSCI All Country …

Markets & Economy » Japan: New News, or More of the Same?

December 19, 2014 | International Markets

The last few months have marked a period of surprise headlines and rapid news flow out of Japan. On October 31, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) unexpectedly expanded its quantitative easing (QE) program, raising the ceiling of its annual asset purchases to ¥80 trillion ($730 billion) from the previous …

Markets & Economy » A Closer Look at Japanese Yen Depreciation and its Impact on Growth and Equities

March 11, 2014 | International Markets

Weakness in the Japanese economy has given investors reason for concern. Recently released data showed that GDP grew just 0.2% quarter-over-quarter (qoq) during the last three months of 2013. This worked out to be a qoq annualized rate of merely 0.7%, and marked the second consecutive quarter of …


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