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Gold Nuggets: What Can We Learn From Recent History?

George Milling-Stanley, Chief Gold Strategist at State Street Global Advisors, discusses the current gold market environment as well as several reasons why investors can remain optimistic about gold’s outlook moving forward.

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2021 ETF Market Outlook: The Way Forward

After a year that offered the best of times and the worst of times, how might COVID-19 vaccines, a new administration and more global cooperation support a healthy rebound in 2021? Download our 2021 Market Outlook to get 3 strategies for the way forward.

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Gold Nuggets: The Post-Election World and Gold’s 2021 Outlook

Volatility, low rates, and rising risks supported gold’s price and investment demand in 2020, driving it to reach a new all-time high during the year. Despite some moderation on the volatility front post-election, the new year is looking poised to serve up more uncertainty for investors. See how George Milling-Stanley sees the gold market reacting, and what it may mean for gold’s price in 2021.

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Everything You Need to Know: Fixed Income ETFs

Fixed Income ETFs may help you achieve greater diversification, transparency and control. Make the most of your fixed income strategies through ETFs.

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ESG Investing: From Tipping Point to Turning Point

We believe it's time for ESG investing to become a must-have ingredient in portfolios. Put ESG investing into action by exploring 3 trends we expect will drive ESG growth and opportunity:

  • The Great Reset in a Turbulent 2020
  • Investors Reshaping the Investment Industry
  • Boomers Preparing to Transfer Wealth
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Threading the Needle: 2020 ETF Market Outlook

Get 3 portfolio strategies for the new year

Heading into 2020, there are a lot of positive signs in the market. However, the margin for error in 2020 will likely be as small as it’s been in a very long time. Read our 2020 ETF Market Outlook to find out how to:

  1. Stay invested, but limit downside risks
  2. Actively balance risk in the hunt for yield
  3. Position to temper the impact of macro volatility

Register for access to our 2020 ETF Market Outlook

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Analyzing ETF Liquidity: It’s a Fluid Process

Many investors use point-in-time statistics for the most recent 30 or 90 trading days to assess the liquidity profile of an ETF. This is a problem because — with the exception of a few highly liquid ETFs — a fund’s liquidity profile can change in different market regimes, especially in periods of high volatility. This paper explores how ETFs’ liquidity dynamics impact total cost of ownership (TCO), underscoring why investors need to look beyond a single period statistic when analyzing liquidity.

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Worried Index-Based Strategies are Distorting the Bond Market? The Data Says You Shouldn’t Be

Despite record inflows into fixed income ETFs, concerns around the growth of these funds leading to an outsized impact on the fixed income market and the distortion of bond prices are still overblown, according to the data.

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What ‘Back to the Future’ Can Teach Us About Portfolio Rebalancing

This article draws parallels between the blockbuster film ‘Back to the Future’ and portfolio rebalancing—underscoring the importance of timing when rebalancing, why it should be a greater consideration in the due diligence process and how it can influence portfolio performance over time.

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Sector Business Cycle Analysis

To make a quantitative and systematic assessment of how different sectors performed through various business cycles, we used the Conference Board Leading Economic Indicator Index (LEI) to segregate business cycles and evaluated sector performance over multiple business cycles between 1960 and 2018. This provided a good sample size to evaluate sector performance persistency for different cycles.

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Navigating A Downhill Climb: 2019 ETF Market Outlook

Corporate profits and economic growth remain positive, but are past their peak. Investors may soon find that reaching the summit was the easy part. The real challenges occur in the climb down. Chief Investment Strategist Michael Arone, CFA and Head of SPDR® Americas Research Matthew Bartolini, CFA present three strategies to position for a market with potentially more downside than upside.

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After a Lost Decade, Will Value Get its Groove Back in 2019?

In spite of its recent track record, value is not dead. It’s just been wounded a few times since the financial crisis, as investors favored growth-oriented segments of the market amidst easy monetary policy.

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G7 Weekly Economic Perspectives

U.S. housing starts rose 2.8 percent in January, and industrial production jumped 0.9 percent to its highest level since December 2008. Investor risk appetites revived, boosting commodities and sending equities higher for the second week in a row, while government bonds eased.
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G7 Weekly Economic Prospects

Christopher Probyn and Geoffrey Somes of State Street Global Advisors say in their weekly economic commentary that US retail sales rose 0.5 percent in January, but consumer confidence fell 0.7 points, to 73.7. Investor risk appetites improved following assurances that the EU will stand behind Greek fiscal reforms.
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G7 Weekly Economic Perspectives

In SSgA's weekly market roundup, Christopher Probyn says the latest Purchasing Managers Indexes suggest that activity is picking up, albeit unevenly, across the G7. Concerns over sovereign credit, regulatory policy and the sustainability and strength of the global recovery, however, are holding down appetites for risk.