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2017 Outlook: Active Investing Amid Reactive Geopolitics

January 9, 2016 Despite major US market indices near record highs, the beginning of 2017 is no time for investor complacency. In a year that could have more surprises than 2016, Neil Dwane says active investing is a strategic imperative amid shifting geopolitical trends.

5 Good & 5 Bad Scenarios for Investors in 2017

December 28, 2016 Peering into the next 12 months, Neil Dwane looks at how 10 hypothetical events—including a "soft Brexit", the rise of "green bonds" and a Le Pen victory in France—could affect economies and markets around the world.

6 Buzzworthy Books for the Investor on Your List

December 21, 2016 This year, our Global Strategist Neil Dwane carefully curated a holiday reading list that centers around China, geopolitics and disruption—three powerful forces that could reshape the world as we know it in 2017 and for generations to come.

3 Powerful Forces Transforming the Economy

December 21, 2016 Some of the factors limiting US growth also hold the key to its future says Steve Malin. This includes ineffective Fed policy, rising populism and transformative technology that policymakers and businesses must take notice of or risk missing the wave.

President Trump: A Preview of the First 100 Days

December 20, 2016 Fueled by a discontented electorate rather than a principled political philosophy, Donald Trump made big promises during his quixotic campaign. To see how this translates to governing, Peter Lefkin previews the hot-button issues Trump will face early on.

Fed Rate Hike Renews Bond-Market Volatility

December 15, 2016 By announcing a new rise in interest rates, and hinting at more to come, FOMC members have made a strong statement about their confidence in the US economy. But we expect markets to carefully watch any new data that could change the Fed's mind.

2017 Outlook: Focus Shifts to Fiscal Policy & Populist Politics

December 6, 2016 As the markets close the books on another tumultuous year, investors should keep watch on the rise of populist politics, China's re-emergence as a global growth engine and a renewed focus on government spending as interest rates remain low.

Will the Falling Pound Cushion Brexit's Blow?

December 1, 2016 Britain's economy didn't roll over post-Brexit, but the pound has dropped in response to increasingly tough political rhetoric about a "hard" exit. Mike Riddell wonders whether a further drop in sterling might prompt the government to soften its stance.

FinTech: Buzzing About Blockchain

December 1, 2016 Blockchain technology has surged past cybersecurity, mobile payments and cloud computing to become the most innovative new technology in financial-services—and one that is particularly promising for ESG-focused investors, according to Marissa Blankenship.

Methane: The Next Frontier for Fossil Fuel Emissions

December 1, 2016 Carbon dioxide emissions have taken up all the air, so to speak, in discussions on climate change. But Marie-Sybille Connan says the message must also get through on methane, which is the second-biggest greenhouse gas and also valuable in its own right.

The DAO: Do Nothing, and Nothing is Left Undone

December 1, 2016 Robbie Miles examines the world of the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and how this leaderless collective—automated by a set of laws enshrined in its algorithms—is inspiring a radically new type of governance structure.

The End of Independence for the Bank of Japan

November 30, 2016 Japan's imposition of yield-curve controls marks the moment that monetary policy became subservient to government policy. Neil Dwane says "fiscal dominance" is a dangerous successor to financial repression–not just for investors, but for economies too.

Trump's Triumph in an Uncertain World

November 9, 2016 The incoming US president is a political outsider who wants to make his presence known and upend the status quo. While the markets may like some of Trump's ideas, they value certainty more—and that will be in short supply.

The Global Buzz about Non-Alcoholic Beer

November 3, 2016 Brewers have sought to expand their product line to people who like the taste of beer, but not necessarily the taste or effects of alcohol. Our latest Grassroots Research℠ shows that the results thus far have been flat to frothy, depending on the country.

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