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Library » International Equity Benchmark Performance Analysis ACWIxUS vs. EAFE

May 20, 2013 | Market Commentary

The MSCI ACWI ex USA1 (ACWIxUS) and MSCI EAFE2 (EAFE) Indices are popular benchmarking tools for non-U.S. equity market performance. While these indices have much in common, there are also significant differences. The major difference between the two benchmarks is exposure to emerging markets. …

Library » Will the "Big Crew Change" Be the Catalyst to Decrease the Unemployment Rate?

April 30, 2013 | Investment Themes

It is well known that the recovery of the U.S. labor market has significantly lagged the corporate sector throughout the current economic expansion. The unemployment rate peaked at 10% in October 2009, the highest level since 1982 and the second highest reading since 1954 (Chart 1). While there …

Library » The Water is Getting Warmer in Emerging Markets

September 13, 2012 | Market Commentary

We concluded our December 2011 Outlook Series piece: Emerging Markets: Dipping a Toe In, acknowledging the extraordinary growth prospects in the emerging world, which were even more compelling in the midst of the slow growth environment. To recap, as conditions evolved throughout 2011, valuations …

Library » Updating Our Economic Overview and Market Outlook

September 12, 2012 | Market Commentary

For the third year in a row, solid first quarter global equity market performance and investor optimism has taken a hit as a result of yet another growth scare and a flare up of the European Union (EU) sovereign debt crisis. Rising concerns surrounding growth both in the developed and the …


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