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What to expect, where to invest, and what to avoid.
Predicting inflation is one of the main goals of central bankers around the world. However, inflation expectations have had little predictive power on actual inflation for approximately the past two-and-a-half decades. Why the split?
Overseas suppliers of financing are becoming an increasingly important part of the funding picture for U.S. real estate. Equity analyst Scott Hastings discusses how these sources of credit — particularly those in emerging markets — are contributing to a higher volume of cross-border transactions.
When interest rates rise, it could be a result of one of several factors. Regardless of the reason, real estate investment trusts comprise a broad asset class, parts of which may be well-suited to ride out any potential disruptions that are caused by a rate increase. [Runtime: 1:57]
The March retail sales data released yesterday by the U.S. Commerce Department — which showed an overall increase of 0.9%, but only 0.2% when stripping out food and energy — tell us that consumer spending ticked up but is still far from strong.
The views expressed represent the Manager's assessment of the market environment as of April 14, 2015, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice. Views are subject to change without notice and may not always reflect the Manager's current views.
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