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A World In Search of Growth
Don’t expect a rising GDP tide to lift all stocks, says CIO Equity Europe Neil Dwane. With a troublesome convergence of global events creating headwinds, investors need to be selective and look for companies offering superior opportunities.
Timely Insights from Our Global Strategic Outlook
Every quarter, we publish timely insights into economies, markets and asset classes from our team of investment professionals. Here are our latest views on what’s in store for the global economy, the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Post-Election Bounce in Store After 2011 Flashback?
More volatility is ahead, says CIO Equity US Scott Migliori, but investors could also find buying opportunities as we enter a period that has historically boosted US equity markets – especially small caps.
October Jobs Report Shows Continued Improvement
Our US Capital Markets Research & Strategy team breaks down the latest employment data, including key takeaways for investors and implications for monetary policy.
A Cheat Sheet for the Midterm Elections
Inside the Beltway
Peter Lefkin, head of government and external affairs at Allianz of America, breaks down the political races state by state, including the key election issues, where Democrats and Republicans are most vulnerable and the implications of incumbent losses.
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Are Annuities a Good Fit for Target-Date Funds?
Dialed In to Retirement
New regulatory guidance allowing plan sponsors to include annuities in QDIA-ready target-date funds is a watershed moment for the retirement industry. But cost and complexity may warrant a look at other reliable income options, writes Glenn Dial.
Back to the Future
Dialed In to Retirement
Cherry picking attractive defined-benefit features from the past is a smart move when designing new DC plans. But be wary of placing too much emphasis on highest average account balance—it’s likely to leave some participants in the lurch.
The Secret to Plan Success
Dialed In to Retirement
Marrying income adequacy with a high degree of confidence in hitting participant payout targets is the new benchmark for a winning retirement plan, writes Glenn Dial in his new monthly column.
Solving One of the Biggest Retirement Risks You Never Heard Of
Plan sponsors and their advisors need to be aware of the risks involved in retirement investing—particularly the ones that frequently get overlooked. Glenn Dial outlines why it’s critical to solve for transition risk with an effective strategy.
The Additive Effect of Global Small Cap on Portfolios
Manager Andrew Neville explains the payoff of a strategic allocation to global small-cap stocks, how active managers exploit pricing inefficiency and the benefit of kicking the tires in local markets. Plus, how monetary policy impacts small-cap investing.
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What Investors Can Be Thankful For
Kristina Hooper highlights four reasons for US investors to be grateful as we wind down 2014—plus a few holiday wishes for capital markets.
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A Frequently Overlooked Risk to 401(k) Plans
Plan participants who focus too much on account balances may get into serious trouble if they make the transition from accumulation to income under unfavorable market conditions.
What's Next for Tech?
Portfolio Manager Walter Price puts the concern over stretched tech-stock valuations in perspective: With lower prices, improving profits and higher earnings on the horizon, tech stocks could be set for a rebound.
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How the Market Miscalculates the Price of Oil
An astonishing increase in the supply of shale oil is shaking up the oil market, says Energy Analyst Chris Wheaton, but today’s low prices rest on fundamental misjudgments about supply and demand.
Global Retail Demand Glowing for LED Bulbs
With LED light-bulb sales rising and costs falling, Grassroots Research Analyst Ferdinand Horneck says the price tipping point seems to have been reached, a development that bodes well for LED-manufacturing equipment.
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