Mexican and Canadian stocks are returning the least in 14 years versus the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, a break from a history of matching or beating the benchmark gauge since the countries formed a free-trade agreement in 1994.
At a time when gold is in a bear market amid record outflows from investor holdings, bullion remains relevant in portfolios as inflation may accelerate, the U.S. dollar weaken and global economic growth stall, according to Franklin Templeton Investments.
Sales of gold from exchange-traded products in 2013 have surpassed combined inflows over the past two years, with investors cutting holdings at a record pace as the metal tumbled into a bear market on reduced haven demand.
Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Nova Scotia and six other large Canadian lenders are trading at the lowest premium to U.S. bank stocks in more than two years, as their American counterparts regain the confidence of investors.
Bond investors are gaining confidence that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will unwind the central bank’s unprecedented $3.3 trillion balance sheet without sparking a crash similar to 1994, when Alan Greenspan surprised the market by doubling benchmark lending rates in 12 months.
Facing the risk of a fourth straight summertime slowdown, Federal Reserve officials raised the prospect of increasing the monthly pace of bond buying above $85 billion to guard against any slump in growth or employment.
Ireland’s bond agency Chief Executive John Corrigan said today he welcomed Franklin Templeton Investments view of the country and said that any large exit of its holdings in Irish government debt before they mature would probably be self-defeating.
Franklin Templeton Real Estate Advisors will begin investing in infrastructure, energy, water, agriculture and timber funds in six months to take advantage of growing demand for natural resources and new roads and bridges.