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How to Invest in Water
Regional fresh water supplies face rising stress in spite of the planet’s seemingly abundant resources. Without laws and regulations to ensure that demand equals sustainable supply in populated arid regions, water risks running short.White Paper - 22 min read
U.S. Inflation & U.K. Consumer Test Positive
The U.K. rebounds on retail sales and the U.S. PCE deflater, the Fed's preferred inflation indicator, is expected to rise. This winter's warmer weather has also brought more upside to housing and construction but has begun weighing on utilities.The Week Ahead - 3 min read
U.S. Election 2020: An Investors’ Guide
With the early Iowa and New Hampshire contests behind us, what’s next in the race to the White House? Dr. Christopher Smart offers insight into how investors can tune out the noise and focus on the scenarios that are already coming into view.Podcast - 25 min listen
With Global Markets at Stake, Why is an Ounce of Prevention So Hard?
Finance ministers and central bankers should already be hard at work addressing the market’s systemic vulnerabilities.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
Coronavirus & The Next Global Financial Crisis
The actions, both real and perceived, taken by China’s government to contain the coronavirus should serve as an indication of how authorities there would (or wouldn’t) respond to a future financial crisis and contagion of a different kind in the global economy.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
The Art of the (Trade) Deal
A wave of optimism surrounds trade deals poised to take place, including agreements between the U.S. and India as well as the U.K. and the EU, China’s government continues reacting to the coronavirus, and keep an eye on inflation data for the U.S. and Asia Pacific due next week.The Week Ahead - 4 min read
January Macro Dashboard
Despite Japan's GDP likely to slow in 2019Q4, global growth is set to stabilize and strengthen this year as the European economy stabilizes and the U.S. consumer is expected to continue driving growth.Monthly Macro Dashboard - 10 min read
The Cruelest Month May Come Early This Year
The forecasts told us 2020 should be smooth and any turbulence wouldn’t come until later, if it came at all. Yet, we’re one month in and already risk is beginning to loom across three continents’ horizons.Leading Thoughts - 3 min read
Are We There Yet? Manufacturing is Likely Bottoming
Consumer and trade support U.S. fourth quarter of 2019 GDP and investment remains weak, January PMIs continue to improve globally and steel tariffs are set to expand beyond what is already in place.The Week Ahead - 3 min read
Going Viral: The Coronavirus or a Central Bank Holding Pattern?
Wuhan goes on lockdown while the U.S. shifts trade truce considerations to Europe. Meanwhile, Central banks remain optimistic for strengthening global growth, and we’re vigilant for potential insurance cuts from the BoE next week.The Week Ahead - 3 min read