Weekly Market Update - February 20

Posted by FlexShares on Feb 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Global equities rebound, VIX manipulation charges and four rate hikes in 2018? Find out more in this edition of “The Week in Review.”

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Weekly Market Update - February 12

Posted by FlexShares on Feb 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Global equities see second straight weekly drop, Bank of England signals a rate hike and U.S. inflation is in the spotlight. Find out more in this edition of “The Week in Review.”

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The Return of Volatility

Posted by FlexShares on Feb 7, 2018 12:26:47 PM

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Over the last week, a lot more has changed in the financial markets than in the real economy.

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Weekly Market Update - February 5

Posted by FlexShares on Feb 5, 2018 10:45:00 AM

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Global equities see first weekly drop, no change in Fed policy and U.S. wage growth moves higher. Find out more in this edition of “The Week in Review.”

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Weekly Market Update - January 29

Posted by FlexShares on Jan 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Last Week Review

Global equities led higher by non-U.S. markets. Global equities led higher by non-U.S. markets. Global equities finished the week up 1.4%,[1] boosted by a 2.7% return in emerging markets[2] and a 1.6% return in non-U.S. developed markets.[3] U.S. equities gained 1.0%[4] after brushing off concerns over the U.S. government shutdown which ended last Monday with a short-term agreement to fund the government through February 8. Emerging market equities continued to lead major regions in 2018 with an 8.8% return.[5] Earnings season continued in the United States, where 133 S&P 500 companies (27%) have reported so far, with earnings growth of 10.9% year-over-year (y/y), beating expectations by 2.2%.[6]

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Weekly Market Update - Jan 22

Posted by FlexShares on Jan 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Last Week Review

Global equities pushed higher for the week. Global equities returned 1.1% last week[i], with another week of positive returns for the global index. Emerging markets gained 1.9%,[ii] along with modest positive returns in the United States (0.8%)[iii] and non-U.S. developed markets (1.2%).[iv] Year-to-date returns across the major regions are relatively close so far, with emerging markets leading at 6.2%[v], followed by the United States at 5.0%[vi] and non-U.S. developed markets at 4.6%.[vii] The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moved higher last week to 2.66%, its highest level since mid-2014.[viii]

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Weekly Market Update

Posted by FlexShares on Jan 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Last Week Review

Equity markets keep momentum going in 2018. Strong positive returns across the U.S. and developed ex-U.S. regions led global equities to a 0.9% weekly return[1], now up 3.3% year-to-date.[2] Emerging market equities lagged with flattish returns but still remain positive year-to date at 3.3%.[3] Oil prices surged to hit three-year highs for the second straight week backed by rising demand and OPEC production cuts. Beijing officials denied a recommendation to slow/stop the purchase of U.S. Treasury bonds but the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield still moved as high as 2.59% last week.[4]

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What Does Post-Brexit Signify for Emerging Market Opportunities in China?

Posted by FlexShares on Oct 30, 2017 8:30:00 AM

China, the country which raised 800 million people out of poverty in a single generation, is at the nexus of many critical post-Brexit global trade alliances.[1] In addition to being the top trading partner with the U.S., China is the number two trading partner of EU and a top 10 trader with the U.K. China has a long economic history with the British, and in 2015 it took several steps toward a new long-term strategy of linking the renminbi to the pound. Now that Brexit moves toward settlement, how might China and its investors pivot to optimize the new order?

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Using ESG as a Core Investment Option

Posted by FlexShares on Oct 2, 2017 9:38:18 AM

We believe that one of the biggest challenges financial advisors often face with ETF investors is the latter's belief that ESG investing only needs to be a small part of their portfolios. Often, they're unconvinced that ESG is an optimal core option, preferring other more “traditional" choices.

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What Does An ESG Investor Look Like?

Posted by FlexShares on Sep 26, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Attracting ESG investors means understanding their mindset and their investor profile. Generally speaking, we believe that ESG investors are savvy people who are purpose-driven in all they do, including where they entrust their money.

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