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International Equity Investors Address a Rising Threat for Retailers

The brick-and-mortar world hasn’t provided a promising landscape for many retailers in quite a while. Amazon has been named time and time again as the biggest risk for retailers, and a primary reason why it’s been predicted that one-quarter of America’s malls could close within the next five years. 

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Jul 19, 2017 9:42:14 AM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche

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Will Employee Fitness Perks at Sportswear Companies Evoke Change Across All Industries?

At the beginning of the year, our international equity team at R Squared Capital Management (former team at Julius Baer/Artio Global) shared market insights about how sportswear companies are benefitting from all the buzz surrounding CrossFit.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Apr 11, 2017 4:02:04 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche

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Brazil’s Protein Probe: How a Tainted Meat Investigation May Affect Global Exports

Where’s the beef? If investigators have anything to say about the matter, it’s not going to be coming from Brazil. The country is in the midst of a scandal involving tainted meat, bribery, corruption, and a temporary ban on Brazilian beef and poultry in several different countries.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Apr 6, 2017 11:01:51 AM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche

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Is Oil at $80? High-Yield Market Definitely Thinks So!

The supply glut in the oil market, initiated by OPEC's “pump-and-dump” strategy in November 2014, was aimed at weakening the shale oil industry in the United States. The shale oil industry in the U.S. was known to be a high-cost producer, and lowering oil prices would push its players into bankruptcies—or at least, that was what OPEC was hoping.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Mar 23, 2017 4:11:08 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche

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Is Bigger Better for UK Grocery Stocks?

Prior to Q2 2014, the UK Food Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicated low single digit growth. Since that time, it is indicating a deflationary food price environment. Hence, top-line revenue growth for the big UK grocers has been deteriorating. With this low growth environment, who wins and how? At R Squared Capital Management (former team at Julius Baer / Artio Global) we believe one possible solution could  involve an uptick in mergers.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Feb 15, 2017 5:32:23 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche, United Kingdom

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China Non-Consensus View: Raising GDP or Inflating a Chinese Real Estate Bubble?

Experts are more bullish on the Chinese Economy growth and have raised their 2016 GDP Growth forecasts to 6.7% from 6.5% in September. However, increasing curbs and capital controls in an attempt to cool the economy and speculative investments might actually increase the chances of a financial bubble.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Jan 24, 2017 12:02:43 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche, China

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Oil’s New Era: Could OPEC & Russia Coordination take oil to $65-$75?

As 2016 drew to an end, Russia and other oil producing countries joined OPEC. The members reached an agreement to coordinate reduction in oil output in hopes of lifting petroleum prices. The new year is here and it’s game on for OPEC.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Jan 10, 2017 5:06:33 PM

Topics: oil, From the Desk of Samer Darwiche

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The Power of Incentives: Market Insights on Chinese Auto Sales

As international equity investors, the team at R Squared Capital Management (former team at Julius Baer / Artio Global) utilizes fundamental and macro analysis in our quest to correctly identify structural tailwinds and headwinds at the geographic, sector and company levels. Recently, the team shared our market insights on the automobile industry; today, more perspectives on the power of incentives.

Posted by Samer Darwiche on Nov 16, 2016 3:31:08 PM

Topics: From the Desk of Samer Darwiche, Chinese Auto Sales

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