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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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The Hammerstone Group

October 17, 2019

Early Look: Thursday, October 17, 2019

Stock futures are rising, tracking gains in Europe after leaders in Europe said the UK and EU reached a deal on Brexit. The British Pound jumps over 0.5% topping the 1.29 level, its highest levels since mid-May, while the euro also rises against the dollar. In Asian markets, The Nikkei Index fell -21 points to 22,451. the Shanghai Index was little changed at 2,977 and the Hang Seng Index rose 184 points to 26,848.

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Franklin Templeton

October 11, 2019

China Lifts Foreign Investor Caps on Stock and Bond Markets

China has long limited foreign investor access to its capital markets. However, the country recently announced it will lift restrictions, a move that further opens its markets to the global investment community. Franklin Templeton Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio Manager Michael Lai, who is based in Hong Kong, explains what this means.

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Wells Fargo Asset Management

October 10, 2019

Going Global

The global investment grade credit universe (GIGC) far exceeds local submarkets in size and scope and a GIGC strategy may unlock value through diversification and currency inefficiencies.

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BMO Global Asset Management

October 3, 2019

October 2019 Fixed Income Market Update

Receding trade tensions and expectations of further monetary policy easing globally were in focus in September as global data continued to weaken, while U.S. economic data quietly improved.Despite U.S. tariffs on $125 billion worth of Chinese goods as well as Chinese tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. goods taking effect on the first of the month, overall trade tensions eased in September.

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September 26, 2019

Bond Movie

Despite the European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) interest rate cut this month, the eurozone economy remains weak – and that’s pushing more investors into bonds’ unrewarding embrace. Bonds are a safer investment than stocks during economic slowdowns. Companies pay bondholders before shareholders, and large governments almost never default on their bonds – making them effectively risk-free investments.

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September 26, 2019

Whistle Blows Before Opening Bell

The impeachment inquiry might be clouding the political outlook, but it doesn’t appear to be clouding the stock market’s bullish bias. The major indices turned in a solid performance on Wednesday, keying on the impressive new home sales data for August, and a remark from the president that a trade deal with China “could happen sooner than you think,” to maintain its hopeful vision of U.S. growth prospects.

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