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  • Making Coal Great Again? December 14, 2017
    "The war on coal is over,” declared Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt when announcing that the EPA would seek to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. But is the penetration of renewable power generation vulnerable to such policy changes?
    Alaina Anderson, CFA
  • Malaysian Politics Get Strange December 12, 2017
    We don’t hear much about Malaysia when discussing geopolitics, but the nation of 30 million plays a significant role as a partner to the U.S. on trade and politics, which is why I always include it on my research trips.
    Aaron Balsam, CFA
  • No Crisis for China December 7, 2017
    A key concern about China is its financial system—specifically, the rapid accumulation of leverage necessary to power ever-smaller increases in growth, which could lead to a financial crisis. We do not anticipate such a crisis, but are carefully monitoring several trends in the country, including China’s rapid liberalization of its financial sector.
    Olga Bitel
  • Man + Machine in Investing December 4, 2017
    Human experience and decision making in the investment arena can be improved upon with technology, and an immediate application may be in analyzing the investment processes and exposing one’s cognitive biases.
    Ken McAtamney, Partner
  • Abe Regains Footing—Thanks to North Korea November 30, 2017
    A recent research trip confirmed our longstanding view that Japan’s political environment remains relatively stable, despite Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s vulnerability, which began to emerge this summer.
    Aaron Balsam, CFA

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