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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  June 2016  |  FEATURING Fergus N. MacDonald & David A. Hoag

Sub-Zero World: Not Much Positive About Negative Rates

  • Central banks are experimenting with negative interest rates in an attempt to jumpstart weak economies. 
  • Negative-yielding debt in Europe and Japan makes U.S. bonds attractive on a relative basis. 
  • Portfolio managers David Hoag and Fergus MacDonald warn that negative rates may be causing distortions in asset prices and the economy.
  • Quantitative easing and negative rates are bound to spark inflationary pressures over time. 
  • The U.S. Federal Reserve is unlikely to introduce negative rates.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  March 2016  |  FEATURING Georgios Damtsas & Jody Jonsson

The New Breed of Global Companies Is Creative, Nimble and Networked

  • There’s been a shift in the makeup of global companies over the past decade to idea-driven companies
  • Speed of product adoption is much faster, but competition is greater
  • Marketing muscle and global distribution networks are crucial

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
February 2016
 |  FEATURING Jody Jonsson

Insights From a Morningstar® Award-Winning Manager

American Funds portfolio manager Jody Jonsson discusses the objectives of New Perspective Fund®, whose portfolio management team was recently named Morningstar’s International Stock Fund Manager of the Year. She also shares keys to the fund’s recent and long-term success.

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  • Volatility likely to persist amid global slowdown and uncertainty about central bank policies
  • Risk of a recession in the U.S. has increased due to a tightening of financial conditions
  • Fed likely to eschew any further rate increases in 2016
  • Negative interest rates and deflation pose a real threat in Japan and Europe
  • 2008 repeat still an unlikely scenario
  • Holding a broadly diversified portfolio with exposure to multiple asset classes is still likely the best approach

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
January 2016
 |  FEATURING Kevin G. Clifford & Robert W. Lovelace

Capital Group Hiring Where the World Is Going

American Funds portfolio manager Rob Lovelace discusses the investment group’s approach to hiring new research associates.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
January 2016
 |  FEATURING Jody Jonsson

China, Volatility and Why This Is Not 2008

Portfolio manager Jody Jonsson discusses the role of China’s decelerating GDP and overvalued currency in the latest market volatility.

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Stock and Oil Prices Decline Price Returns Since 12/22

Source: RIMES
Equity markets were led lower by the route in China’s stock market, which declined steadily from its recent peak on Dec. 22, 2015. Crude oil has also fallen on fears of oversupply and slackening demand.

  • High levels of volatility expected to continue as markets adjust to slowing growth in China, lower oil prices and weak industrial activity.
  • While stock prices could fluctuate further, chances of a global recession or a financial crisis are low.
  • Modest expansion in developed economies will partly offset deceleration in China.
  • Equity valuations in Europe are attractive and leave room for potential gains.
  • M&A activity is supportive and there remain many areas of opportunity in financial markets.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  December 2015

Identify Investment Opportunities in a Slow-Growth World

Global Stocks Paused for Breath in 2015

Source: RIMES. As of October 30, 2015.

2016 Market Outlook, Article 1 of 6

One in a series of articles in which Capital Group portfolio managers offer their views on the current investing environment.

With China’s economic growth slowing and the Federal Reserve contemplating higher interest rates, it’s been a tough year in the financial markets. The MSCI World Index is essentially flat on a year-to-date basis amid rising volatility and widespread uncertainty over the outlook for 2016. A strong bull run over the prior seven years has also raised questions about valuations. Against this backdrop, several Capital Group portfolio managers offer their views on the current investing environment:

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  December 2015

World Markets Review for November 2015

Global stocks produced mixed returns amid investor worries about sluggish economic growth and expectations for higher U.S. interest rates. European equities advanced on the promise of new monetary stimulus measures, however, U.S. stocks were flat and emerging markets retreated. Bonds also declined as Federal Reserve leaders indicated that a rate hike is likely in December. The dollar rose sharply against the euro and the yen.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
November 2015
 |  FEATURING Wesley K.-S. Phoa

What a Rate Hike Can Mean for Long-Term Yields

A portfolio manager discusses why interest rates have remained low in the U.S. and what to expect from yields when rates do rise.

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  November 2015

World Markets Review for October 2015

Global stocks rallied as central bank stimulus and rising M&A activity helped offset ongoing concerns about a slowing world economy. Energy and materials stocks led markets higher amid signs of stabilization in commodity markets. Information technology stocks also advanced on better-than-expected earnings from some bellwether companies. Bonds were generally flat, and the U.S. dollar rose against the euro and the yen.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  October 2015  |  FEATURING Brad Barrett

Changing Channels: Media’s New Direction

The landscape of media is undergoing a tectonic shift as the way people consume information, entertainment and even communicate with each other has been transformed by innovation and technology.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  October 2015  |  FEATURING Timothy D. Armour

Digital Dollars: Ad Money Didn’t Waste Any Time Moving Online

Advertisers have flocked to the Internet and mobile as consumers change behavior

The face of the world’s media market is changing. Advertising dollars are increasingly flowing from traditional ads to digital. Increased spending on mobile, social media and digital video propelled U.S. digital advertising revenue to $49.5 billion for the full year of 2014, a 16% increase over 2013.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  October 2015  |  FEATURING Brad Barrett

Going Mobile: The Serious Business of Playing Games

With sales about to exceed $100 billion a year, video games are hardly kid stuff

In 2013, Grand Theft Auto V became the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time, with sales of $1 billion in just three days. That probably disabused most people of the notion that video games were kid stuff.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  October 2015  |  FEATURING Andrei Muresianu

Has Streaming Turned Cable TV Into a House of Cards?

Netflix and others have redefined TV, but consumers are reluctant to cut the cord

Netflix can seem like a juggernaut. The company recently reported that it had 65.6 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter of 2015. Of those, 42 million are in the U.S. and another 23 million are international.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  October 2015  |  FEATURING Jim S. Kang

Inflection Points Abound as Consumers Embrace New Technology

Streamers, gamers and cord-cutters are part of the landscape, but not point-and-shoot cameras

One need not look too far these days to find an example of how innovation can transform an industry. The charts above show a remarkable array of change, some of which are still evolving. Many gamers now play on mobile devices, not consoles. Most pictures are taken on phones, and most point-and-shoot cameras have been put on the shelf.

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Online and social media rival television as the main source of news in the U.S.

How people consume news has undergone a sea change. More people now get their news from digital sources than they do from either print newspapers or the radio, and digital is starting to make a move on TV as the dominant place people go for news.

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  October 2015

World Markets Review for Third Quarter 2015

Global stocks tumbled amid increasingly alarming signs of an economic slowdown in China and uncertainty over U.S. monetary policy. Energy and materials stocks plummeted on worries about declining global demand for commodities. Defensive sectors, including consumer staples and utilities, generally held up better than cyclical stocks. Government bonds rallied and the U.S. dollar slipped against the euro and the yen. 

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
September 2015
 |  FEATURING Brad Barrett

Changing Channels: Media’s New Direction

Media analyst Brad Barrett discusses changes in the media landscape being brought about by changes in technology and innovative new business models.

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  September 2015  |  FEATURING Timothy D. Armour & Robert W. Lovelace

Q&A With Portfolio Managers Tim Armour and Rob Lovelace

Perspective on Recent Market Selloff Triggered by China Woes

Global stocks have tumbled in recent days amid investor concerns about slowing economic growth in China. A sharp decline in Chinese stocks and a surprise currency devaluation have further stoked fears that the outlook for China is deteriorating, and events there could hurt its global trading partners, including Japan, Europe and ultimately the United States. China lowered interest rates and eased reserve requirements on banks in an attempt to calm investors and stimulate the economy. Against this backdrop, portfolio managers Tim Armour and Rob Lovelace share their thoughts on the unfolding events:

  • China now accounts for roughly 15% of the world’s gross domestic product and therefore has a greater impact than ever before on the global economy.
  • The most significant catalyst of the selloff was China’s unexpected decision to devalue its currency, delivering a shock to financial markets.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  | 
September 2015
 |  FEATURING Wesley K.-S. Phoa

What the Fed’s Wait-and-See Mindset Means for Investors

A portfolio manager discusses the Fed’s decision to stand pat on interest rates in the context of the state of the U.S. economy, risks from abroad and implications for long-term investors.

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  September 2015

World Markets Review for August 2015

Global stocks plummeted as fears that China’s economy may be weaker than previously expected hit every sector of the markets. Financial and consumer discretionary stocks fell the most, particularly those with high exposure to Asia. Defensive sectors, such as utilities and telecommunication services, fared somewhat better. High-grade bonds were essentially flat amid concerns about rising U.S. interest rates. The dollar lost ground against the euro and the yen. 

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  September 2015  |  FEATURING Theodore R. Samuels

10 Observations About the Current Market Environment

Portfolio manager Ted Samuels puts the recent market volatility in perspective

One of my best pieces of advice for making it through volatile times in the market is to turn off the TV. After all, media commentators are focused on the here and now, not on how to build wealth over the long term. That said, periods of extreme market turbulence can be unnerving, so I would offer the following 10 observations about the current  conditions. 

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MARKET COMMENTARY  |  August 2015

World Markets Review for July 2015

Global stocks advanced amid improving economic data in the United States and an easing of the Greek debt crisis. Defensive sectors led markets higher as consumer staples, health care and utilities stocks rallied. Emerging markets stocks declined, weighed down by a sharp drop in Chinese shares and falling commodities prices. High-grade bonds gained from a flight-to-safety trade. The U.S. dollar rose against the euro, the yen and most other currencies.

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INVESTMENT INSIGHTS  |  August 2015  |  FEATURING Shaw B. Wagener

The Future Is Under Construction

Urbanization is nothing new. It’s been going on for centuries, and it helped make Europe and the United States global economic and political powers. But what is different about today’s wave of urbanization is its unprecedented speed and scale — it’s bigger and faster than ever.

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