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Aug 16, 2018 Research Alliance Is Saudi Arabia an Emerging Market? MSCI Says Yes.—Parametric Portfolio Associates

It is written: Next year Saudi Arabia will graduate to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, skipping a grade—the Frontier Markets Index—entirely. It's surprising, but it's not the only surprising thing about the desert kingdom's markets.

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Jul 09, 2018 Protectionism, Trade Wars, and the Emerging Markets

We share an internal memo from the time of President Trump's election regarding emerging markets and protectionism concerns, updated with more current analysis and data. For now, we remain confident in having a modest tactical overweight to emerging markets.

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Jun 28, 2018 Research Alliance Domino Theory: The Trouble with Trade Wars—Parametric Portfolio Associates

As the world's two biggest economies exchange tariff blows, what would a full-fledged US-China trade war look like for emerging-market equities—and for US consumers? We examine how the trade spat could cause three things to tip in sequence.

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Jun 25, 2018 Research Alliance Argentina’s Capital Markets: From Hero to Goat—Parametric Portfolio Associates

Argentina might once have cried for Evita Perón, but these days the nation—as its economy once again takes a siesta after a few overcaffeinated years—has much more to be sad about. What can we learn from its experience? And how can you prevent a single country from distorting your emerging-markets portfolio?

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May 17, 2018 Research Alliance Emerging or Developed? One China, Two Narratives—Parametric Portfolio Associates

On the eve of China A-shares' inclusion in MSCI's indexes, now's a good time to look at why China's economy may be considered developed-but its equity markets are anything but.

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Apr 26, 2018 Research Alliance China in a Bull Shop? Single-Country Concentration’s Risks to Your Portfolio—Parametric Portfolio Associates

Our latest blog post looks at the distorting effect one country is having on the emerging-market index.

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Feb 14, 2018 Research Alliance Emerging Markets in 2018—Parametric Portfolio Associates

For the first time in decades, we are experiencing a synchronized global expansion. However, politics are always a challenge; 2018 is a good time for emerging-market investors to focus on economics but prepare for elevated political risk.

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Jan 31, 2018 Research Alliance Baron Funds: What's Ahead for 2018 with Michael Kass

Baron Funds portfolio manager Michael Kass was a panelist at AdvisorIntelligence's latest 360 Views Webinar, on January 10, where he provided his 2018 market outlook and participated in a roundtable discussion. Here is a replay of the discussion.

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Jan 29, 2018 Litman Gregory Fourth Quarter 2017 Research Q&A

In this quarter's Research Q&A, we discuss inflation, a curve-steepening fixed-income scenario, the U.S. dollar’s valuation, the effect of rising rates on arbitrage, and the recent performance of major equity factors and styles.

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Dec 14, 2017 Research Alliance The Yuan and the Truth About Emerging Markets Currencies—Parametric Portfolio Associates

While the Chinese yuan seems to be on quite the roller-coaster ride, it does help provide a lesson in the value of maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism when it comes to "managed" emerging-market currencies.

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