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Fixed Income/Bonds

A Spectrum of Possibilities: The Emerging-Market Debt Tool Kit

Today, three decades after the phrase “emerging markets” was coined, the comparative strength of developing economies is one of the dominant themes in global investing. Emerging market (EM) countries account for about 85% of the world’s population and roughly half its gross domestic product (GDP). Thanks to a virtuous cycle of conservative fiscal policies, credible monetary policies, falling inflation and faster growth, EM sovereign credit metrics are now stronger than those of most developed economies. The International Monetary Fund expects emerging countries’ gross-debt-to-GDP ratio to fall below 30% by 2017, compared with 130% in the developed world.

August 6, 2015

Asset Allocation/Multi-Asset

Confronting the Income Conundrum

Today’s low-yield environment has created significant challenges for investors who need their portfolios to deliver a high and stable stream of income. But the yields available on traditional income-generating assets such as bonds, cash and high-dividend stocks often aren’t high enough to meet their needs.

June 1, 2015

Fixed Income/Bonds

Across the Universe

How Global Bonds Meet the Core Objective

Over the last 30 years, compelling evidence has accumulated that suggests currency-hedged global bonds have a superior risk/return profile to US bonds, with more potential opportunities to add value. In addition, global bonds have historically provided better risk mitigation to US bonds and stocks during extreme downturns. In this paper, we demonstrate that hedged global may be a better way to meet an investor’s core bond objective.

March 1, 2015

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