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For four decades, State Street Global Advisors has served the world’s governments, institutions and financial advisors. With a rigorous, risk-aware approach built on research, analysis and market-tested experience, we build from a breadth of active and index strategies to create cost-effective solutions. As stewards, we help portfolio companies see that what is fair for people and sustainable for the planet can deliver long-term performance. And, as pioneers in index, ETF, and ESG investing, we are always inventing new ways to invest. As a result, we have become the world’s third largest asset manager with US $2.51 trillion* under our care. *AUM reflects approximately $32.45 billion (as of December 31, 2018), with respect to which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC (SSGA FD) serves as marketing agent; SSGA FD and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

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November 27, 2019

The Big What If: Amazon and Blue Origin Disrupt the Federal Contract Market?

When Amazon isn’t processing your orders for a new phone case and groceries, it’s busy pursuing billion-dollar federal contracts in cloud computing. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is also after aerospace contracts for his privately held Blue Origin, a rocket manufacturer and suborbital spaceflight company. This month, both companies will be involved in rulings that could disrupt the federal contract market.

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State Street Global Advisors

October 22, 2019

Q&A: Why Bond ETFs Use Sampling to Replicate an Index

As I discussed in previous blogs, index tracking methodology for equities can be constructed using either a full replication (where an ETF holds all of the securities that make up the index in their respective weights) or optimization (where an ETF holds a subset of securities that closely resemble the index.) Index tracking methodology for fixed income ETFs can be full replication as well, but it can also work a little differently by using a sampling strategy.

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State Street Global Advisors

October 1, 2019

Germany’s Brexit Malady

The September flash manufacturing purchasing managers’ indices (PMI) out of Europe were, without a doubt, this week’s biggest data disappointment. The German Manufacturing PMI, in particular, bucked expectations for an improvement and sank 2.1 points to a new post-global financial crisis low of 41.4.

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State Street Global Advisors

September 17, 2019

The Big What If: Increasing Tension with Iran Derails US-China Trade Talks?

Despite a fresh round of summer tariffs on China, optimism took hold with the post- Labor Day announcement that the next round of US-China trade negotiations would take place in Washington, DC in October. However, just days after that good news, a seemingly unrelated event – the end of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran Deal – threatens to derail trade talks before they begin.

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State Street Global Advisors

August 13, 2019

Investing In The Age Of De-Globalization

From a macro perspective, de-globalisation should therefore work like globalisation in reverse, though this is unlikely to be in a perfectly symmetrical manner. Trade-dependent economies are most vulnerable, with small to middle open economies challenged to revamp their growth models.

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State Street Global Advisors

August 6, 2019

Guarding Portfolios Against Greater Volatility

As the longest bull market on record runs onwards, aided by unusually accommodative policy for this point in the cycle, we would expect to see volatility rise across a range of asset classes amid greater policy and data uncertainty.

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State Street Global Advisors

July 5, 2019

Worried Index-Based Strategies are Distorting the Bond Market? The Data Says You Shouldn’t Be

In my role as the head of Research for SPDR® Americas, I am often asked to debunk myths about ETFs and their influence on the market. Fixed income ETFs are having a record month of inflows this June, and an old myth has resurfaced that index-based investment strategies—both mutual funds and ETFs—are having an outsized impact on the fixed income market, distorting bond prices and producing a passive bubble.

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State Street Global Advisors

June 25, 2019

Cognitive Decline: The One Risk You Can’t Afford Not to Hedge

Age has a way of sneaking up on all of us, including our clients. Life experiences may make us wiser, but they don’t protect us from the natural decline of cognitive capabilities as we age. A proactive contingency plan can help protect clients from potential financial risks associated with a decline in cognitive health.

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