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Puerto Rico Declares a Form of Bankruptcy

In May, Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy so it could come out from under $123 billion of debt. Writing for the New York Times, Mary Williams Walsh examines how this bankruptcy came about and Puerto Rico’s efforts to move forward with their economy.

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France’s 2017 Presidential Election

Emmanuel Macron is the new President of France.  He defeated Marie La Pen and the National Front Party by a large margin to secure the presidency. Bloomberg provides a consolidated resource on its website that highlights the election and allows readers to gain deeper insight into the results.

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French election 2017: Who are the final candidates?

BBC News has put together this brief, yet thorough summary of the final candidates in the French election. Le Pen and Macron will face off in the final election round on May 7th.

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Brazil and Other Bright Spots in Latin America

Mark Mobius provides insight into the Emerging Markets of Latin America in his recent blog posting. In particular, he comments on the countries and economies of Mexico and Brazil.

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Emerging Markets and Developing Economies: Sustaining Growth in a Less Supportive External Environment

Writing for the IMF Blog, Bertrand Gruss, Malhar Nabar, and Marcos Poplawski-Ribeiro take a look at the role of Emerging Market economies as part of the larger global economy.  According to their work, Emerging Markets have become a more influential part of world-wide economic growth. This study looks at how these countries have integrated into and influenced the wider financial markets.

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Emerging Markets Are Bouncing Back From a Six-Year Slowdown

The current state of Emerging Market investments appears strong. Writing for the New York Times, Landon Thomas, Jr. looks at several emerging economies to gain insight into this recent positive boost.

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What Lin-Manuel Miranda Wishes He Had Known About Money in His 20s

Debt need not always have a negative connotation. In fact, to cultivate a healthy credit score, one must show the ability to handle debt.  Rather than fall into the trap of acquiring too much debt, many millennials shy away from credit cards and other debt instruments. Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda recounts his relationship with debt in this article published in the Washington Post.  Debt is not an enemy. As Alexander Hamilton once said, “A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”

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Why are American Bond Yields Higher than Europe’s?

This recent article published in The Economist looks at the current trend in bond yields in the US and Europe.

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Pimco Adviser’s ‘Trade of a Decade’ Beckons in Emerging Markets

Writing for Bloomberg.com, Ben Bartenstein looks at Emerging Markets investments in the current economic environment. In particular, he interviews Christopher Brightman, CIO of Research Affiliates, to gain valuable insight for Bloomberg’s readers.

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The S&P 500 Remains Relevant at 60

Writing for Morningstar, Kevin McDevitt, CFA, takes a close look at the history of the S&P 500. He analyzes what has made this index relevant to investors over the last 60 years. He also considers why a true rival has never supplanted its importance.

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