The current policies of the ECB were designed to fight deflation and financial fragmentation in the eurozone. Currently, though, stronger economic activity, easier access to credit, lower borrowing rates and weakening deflation pressures open the door for tightening, even if only gradual in nature.
For some time, mining companies thought diversifying their portfolios was the best way to improve cash flow stability and protect themselves from natural resources cycles and increased volatility. That hasn’t worked, at least not as expected.
Results from the recent Dutch elections removed one engine of political uncertainty in the eurozone. Will this year's remaining European electoral calendar echo this outcome and release an economy ready to accelerate?
China is the stock market investors love to hate. The conversations are always about what could go wrong in China and rarely about what will go right. And yet Chinese equities outperformed other emerging markets during the past one-, three- and five-year periods.
Overseas investors must pay attention to the way proposed US trade policies will affect emerging markets. And within the ones best protected, Indian small caps are our favorite, especially as domestic reform turbulence subsides.
Geopolitical developments will increasingly shape the global economy and how investors allocate capital. We look at two companies primed to benefit from increased defense spending in key parts of the world.
Demand for economic growth from both politicians and the electorate is growing, leading to increasing talk and some planning for major infrastructure projects. The move here is to focus more on the companies likely to benefit than a macro story that lifts the entire area.
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