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Vantage » 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, …

Library » Second Quarter 2015 International Perspective

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 …

Library » Webinar: Be Selective in Emerging Market Investing

April 02, 2015 | International Markets

Emerging markets are often referred to as a monolithic asset class, to be bought and sold together, with little attention paid to specific countries or industries. However, we believe that it is more important than ever to take an active approach when pursuing investment opportunities in emerging …

Markets & Economy » What to Expect from European Quantitative Easing

March 24, 2015 | International Markets

A European quantitative easing (QE) program has finally become reality. The European Central Bank (ECB) made its first sovereign bond purchases as part of the plan in early March. While U.S.-based investors are probably very familiar with the concept of QE and its big picture objectives (given …


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