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Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season: The Aftermath of “Harma”

It has been a horrific hurricane season.  The fury from these storms has left a path of devastation.  Liz Ann Sonders, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. recently reflected on the economic impact of these storms.

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Looking Back 20 Years: Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis

This past July marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the Asian Financial Crisis (AFC). In his blog, Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets, Mark Mobius offers his insight into this event. Mobius looks at the triggers that led to the AFC as well as the future hopes for the region.

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How Investors Should Read The Jobs Report and US Withdrawal From The Paris Agreement

Writing for Nasdaq.com, contributing writer Martin Tiller offers his opinion on the impact of the US leaving the Paris Climate Accord on the markets.

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G7 Leaders Divided on Climate Change, Closer on Trade Issues

Writing for Reuters, John Irish & Crispian Balmer look at the topics discussed during the May G7 summit in Italy.  The authors explore issues where the countries found agreement as well as more divisive subjects.

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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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Dismantling Dodd-Frank May Have to Wait

Writing for Bloomberg Businessweek, Peter Coy examines the possible future of Dodd-Frank in the Trump administration.

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Warren Buffett Bet $500K That Hedge Funds Couldn’t Beat a Vanguard Index Fund

Nine years ago, Warren Buffett gave the hedge fund world a challenge. He took a gamble that an unmanaged S&P Index Fund would out-perform a collection of well-managed hedge funds over a 10-year period. Was he right?

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Endowment Sweepstakes: How Tiny Houghton College Beat Harvard

Harvard’s Endowment Fund recently announced that it will lay-off 230 employees due to lagging performance. Harvard’s situation is not unique. The National Association of College and University Business Officers recently reported that many endowments under-performed for fiscal year 2016. One exception of note is Houghton College in Houghton, New York.  A recent article written by James Stewart for the New York Times outlines Houghton’s investment strategy and how it compares to other institutions.

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Grexit? Greece Again on the Brink as Debt Crisis Threatens Break with EU

The topic of a Grexit is in the news again. Greece is in need of a fourth bail-out. The current government is struggling to reach the required terms in order to receive the new funds. Writing for The Guardian, Helena Smith outlines the current economic condition in Greece.

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Why Are U.S. Bonds Such a Secure Investment, Despite the Country’s Growing Debt?

Writing for Stanford Business School’s Insights, Matt Villano examines Professor Arvind Krishnamurthy  recent paper on U.S. Government Bonds.

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