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A Broad and Diverse Market Creates Opportunity for Generating AlphaIndia represents one of the largest and most varied markets in all of Asia.The number of publicly listed companies in India, currently stands at over 7,200 – comparatively, China has around 4,700 which includes shares of public companies that trade in Hong Kong.1 Conventional wisdom suggests that this vast landscape creates a far-reaching scope for investors…
Delivering his fourth annual budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, presented a plan designed to lower tax rates and further invigorate domestic consumption. Lending his support, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the Budget as ‘futuristic’ with a specific focus on job creation, economic transparency, urban rejuvenation and rural development. Indian stocks rallied following the news, with the BSE Sensex Index and Nifty 50 adding 1.76 percent…
“Through the Looking Glass”By Excel Investment Counsel Inc We use the imagery of the “Looking Glass” from Alice in Wonderland as a symbol of our 2017 outlook. In many aspects, 2017 will almost be a reversal or mirror image of the “new normal” we have experienced in the past several years post-2008. With monetary policy at its limits for major developed economies like the U.S.…
A high degree of economic and political uncertainty made 2016 a challenging year for global investors. In order to navigate this new market environment, it is important to fully account for the macro events of the past twelve months, while attempting to understand the implications for the year ahead. 2016 | The Year in ReviewDuring the first half of 2016, concern about the pace of…
Looking for More Growth and Higher Income… Why Not Try the Emerging Markets? The reality of today’s investor is that bond yields in traditional markets, such as the U.S. and Canada, are hovering around all-time lows. Growth is also hard to come by, leaving investors searching for meaningful capital appreciation opportunities as well. It’s undoubtedly a challenging time for Canadian investors, who have seen the…
Taking a Long-Term PerspectiveGenerally speaking, when investing in emerging markets, it is beneficial to have a long-term time horizon in order to maximize returns. In fact, this is the most prudent approach when investing in any equity market. So, what’s the difference with emerging markets? Emerging markets in general tend to experience greater variability in price performance, but in fact, have a track record of…
Fiscal Measures Help Boost Chinese Economy and Spur Demand for Equities While most investors were fixated on the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections, Chinese stocks quietly entered a bull market, rising over 20 percent from levels seen earlier this year. The mainland Shanghai Composite and Hang Seng Index, which tracks Hong Kong listed stocks, are up 22.4 percent and 21.1 percent, respectively, since the…
Structural Reforms to Support Long-Term Growth Major transformation is underway in India.  Already one of the world’s fastest-expanding economies, a series of catalysts are projected to unlock even further growth in various sectors of the Indian economy, while helping to accelerate corporate earnings over the long-term. Among these factors are: Good monsoon rains, which have already resulted in moderating inflation; A pay raise for government…
(Toronto, October 5, 2016) – Excel Funds Management Inc. (Excel Funds) announced today that it is listing 8 of its mutual fund strategies on TSX NAVex, Toronto Stock Exchange’s (TSX) new mutual fund platform, to offer investors greater accessibility to its lineup of emerging market products. “We are extremely excited to have been a part of this initiative with the TMX Group,” notes Bhim D.…
Urjit Patel’s first major decision as central bank governor was to cut interest rates by 25 basis points, to 6.25 percent, the lowest level since 2011. Indian stocks rallied shortly after the news broke, signalling the market’s general approval. With the Consumer Price Index (CPI) trending downwards, from 6.07 percent in July to 5.05 for the month of August, a rate cut was widely expected,…
Darren Gazdag SVP of Business Development Excel Funds Management Inc.   Regular readers of Wealth Professional are no stranger to Excel Funds, one of Canada’s leading providers of emerging market funds. As low yields become the new normal in Western nations, investment in high-growth economies abroad looks increasingly attractive. “The general acceptance of emerging markets has improved dramatically,” says Darren Gazdag, Excel Funds’ Senior Vice President…
Reason 1: Emerging Markets Still Offer the Highest Growth and Income Opportunities Year-to-date the MSCI Emerging Market Index is up 8.91 percent, compared to a return of 0.09 percent, for the MSCI World Index and 2.32 percent for the S&P 500 Index.¹ These returns largely track company earnings, making it clear that emerging markets currently offer the highest growth potential for global investors. Furthermore, in…

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