Greece’s economic and political travails have garnered an outsized amount of media coverage for a country whose gross domestic product (GDP) accounts for about 1.4 percent of the US$18 trillion EU economy.
We’re in a bull market for armchair analysis of Greece’s fiscal and economic woes and the government’s efforts to negotiate with its fellow EU members. Here is the situation on the ground.
The mining industry continues to grapple with persistent oversupplies of many base metals, depressed prices and rising costs. This recent spin-off promises a generous dividend and incremental upside from cost cutting.
An influx of liquidity from Chinese investors, coupled with the central bank’s recent rate cuts, has propelled China’s equity markets to big gains. We book another solid profit on one of our previous picks, highlight our favorite Chinese stocks and identify two other Asian equity markets that should ride this liquidity wave higher.
European equities have delivered impressive total returns this year on a constant-currency basis, but currency headwinds have eroded these gains for US investors. We take profits on previous picks, update our outlook for the EU economy and highlight some new favorites.
The long-term growth story for Asia’s emerging markets will gain support from reform efforts under way in China, India and Indonesia. Reasonable valuations in these equity markets create a decent entry point for patient investors who take the long view.
Concerns about slowing economic growth in China, coupled with supply overhangs in many key commodity markets, have weighed on share prices in the mining industry. But bargains abound for income-seeking investors with the patience to wait for a recovery.
Next year, we’ll find out whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “three arrows”—fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms—will hit their target, stimulating Japan’s ailing economy and pulling the country out of stagflation.
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