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Turning Points: Abenomics Sputters, German Bond Yields Fall

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Abenomics looks shaky as Japan revised 2014 second quarter GDP growth down to −7.1% on the heels of its escalating sales tax (from 5 to 8%). Ominously, consumer prices are rising but wages are declining in real terms (by roughly 6%), creating significant difficulties for the Japanese economy. Should this trend continue, Japan could find itself in a crisis of epic proportions. Read more

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Emerging Market Debt: An Overlooked Source of Alpha?

A Chinese investor looks at a stock index at a stock brokerage house in Huaibei city.

After the global financial crisis, emerging market debt was a rising star. Yet, since last fall these markets had steadily lost ground. Now that these markets appear to have stabilized in recent months, are there opportunities for investors? If so, are these opportunities beta or alpha? In other words, can you jump in with both feet or do you have to be selective in what you invest? Read more

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