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  • Why China, Why Now? download

    White papers 18 January 2018

    The domestic Chinese equity markets are some of the largest and most liquid in the world, and they offer unique investment opportunities—yet they have been largely neglected by institutional investors.

  • Global Market Outlook for 2018: An End or a Beginning? download

    White papers 10 January 2018

    2017 was a particularly strong year, with broad growth and low inflation creating an almost perfect environment for equity investors.

  • Currency Management: The Case for Value Investing download

    White papers 20 September 2017

    William Blair’s Dynamic Allocation Strategies team explains how it has made significant use of dynamic currency management in the pursuit of its investment performance objectives.

  • The Case for Macro download

    White papers 13 July 2017

    Macro investors adopt a top-down view of the world in which they analyze broad trends to allocate risk across asset classes, geographies, sectors, and currencies—resulting in a liquid strategy that aims to deliver strong risk-adjusted returns without having to rely on rising equity or bond markets.

  • Adding Science to the Art of Active Management download

    White papers 12 July 2017

    Traditional active asset management firms—long-only, fundamentally-driven stock-pickers—are facing a crisis of relevance as the shift from active to passive picks up.

  • 2017 Emerging Markets Outlook download

    White papers 10 March 2017

    On balance, our outlook for emerging markets in 2017 is optimistic, and we are off to a good start, with emerging markets outperforming developed markets in 2017.

  • What Happens When FedTrade Ends? download

    White papers 22 February 2017

    While most Fed watchers are focused on the federal funds rate, a more interesting topic may be the so-called FedTrade, which is keeping certain agency mortgage-backed securities’ risk spreads at artificially low levels.

  • Global Market Outlook for 2017 download

    White papers 1 December 2016

    William Blair Economist Olga Bitel and Portfolio Manager Simon Fennell shared their perspectives on changes in the global marketplace.

  • ESG Investing and Portfolio Integration download

    White papers 17 November 2016

    Interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors is expanding at a rapid pace among institutional and retail investors around the world.

  • U.S. Election Cycle Ends With a Bang download

    White papers 10 November 2016

    With an early morning concession call to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton brought to a close an election cycle unlike any in recent memory.

  • Recent Macro Trends Should Persist in 2017 download

    White papers 28 October 2016

    Portfolio Manager Ken McAtamney expects a number of recent macroeconomic and market trends to persist in 2017, including a modestly positive uptrend in inflation and a continuation of equity-market leadership.

  • Investment Implications of the U.S. Elections download

    White papers 28 October 2016

    In this commentary, we use game theory to scrutinize the strategic interactions of the parties involved in the upcoming U.S. elections and analyze the investment implications of a win by either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

  • Global Market Update: Taking Stock After Brexit download

    White papers 10 August 2016

    Portfolio managers Simon Fennell and Casey Preyss provide a mid-year follow-up to our Global Market Outlook. Learn how we got where we are in 2016 and what we can expect for the remainder of the year.

  • Taking Stock After Brexit download

    White papers 5 July 2016

    While global equity markets have rebounded after the Brexit vote, the medium- to long-term political and economic trajectory is uncertain, with many potential twists and turns.

  • Compelling Opportunities in Off-the-Run Commodity Markets download

    White papers 21 June 2016

    Given the idiosyncratic nature of the highly volatile and less efficient “off-the-run” commodity markets, we believe compelling alpha opportunities and diversification benefits are available for investor portfolios.

  • Game Theory Primer for Macro Investors download

    White papers 25 May 2016

    Game theory provides a framework for making sense of geopolitical and macroeconomic developments that affect asset prices—and investors can leverage game theory to assess investment opportunities.

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