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The Coming Consumption Boom from the Emerging Middle Class

Vikram Mansharamani argues there is a great insight to be gleaned from trends in animal protein intake in emerging markets, even in highly vegetarian India. To tell this story at the recent India Investment Conference, he started by comparing GDP and population sizes among advanced economies and emerging markets.

The 10 Most Popular Webcasts of 2014

From geopolitics and the financial crisis, to individual asset classes and portfolio management techniques, these 10 videos and webcasts offer a wide range of insights to think about as we start the new year.

Best of 2014: Creative Destruction or “The Market’s Messy Way of Delivering Progress”

In the face of the volatility that largely defined the markets in 2014, it is our goal here at the Enterprising Investor to provide you with practical examinations of current issues in finance and investing. Below is a selection of analyses, advice, and, if nothing else, some simply interesting opinions that address the myriad changes markets have experienced this year.

Tracing the Connections between Economic Growth, Capital Markets, and Demography

Robert Arnott, chairman and CEO of Research Affiliates, discusses what demographics can tell us about equity and fixed-income performance in the years ahead.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Volatility and the “Yellen Put”

Up until last week’s wild ride for stocks, volatility had been largely absent from the market, but the cumulative effect of ongoing geopolitical chaos, spreading Ebola anxiety, and uninspiring economic data, combined with the rumored unwinding of some leveraged positions by hedge funds, at least temporarily jolted global equity markets. Complacency was quickly replaced with panic and we got a reminder of what happens when everyone heads for the exit at the same time.

2014 is the Year of Fixed-Income Investment Management Surprises

Jason Voss, CFA, looks at US Treasury yields, the flood of new corporate debt issuance, the emerging market resurgence, and other fixed-income surprises from 2014.

Philippines: From “Sick Man of Asia” to “the Next Asian Miracle”

The Philippine economy has come a long way in recent years, but daunting issues remain. Can it sustain the momentum?

Emerging Market Debt: An Overlooked Source of Alpha?

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?

Weekend Reads for Investors: Momentum Matters

The momentum effect in investing refers to the tendency of stocks and other financial assets to show persistence in their relative performance. Despite convincing data, momentum hasn’t been widely embraced as an investment strategy.

What Makes Emerging Market Debt Tick?

Three factors make emerging market debt tick: country risk, mostly driven by fiscal conditions, i.e., internal balances as it is often known; currency risk, driven by balance of payments or external balances and the resulting reserve positions; and corporate credit risk, i.e., company balance sheets.



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