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The Modern Gold Rush - Making Sense of Today’s Precious Metal Investment Opportunities

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, the dollar continuing to weaken, and uncertainty surrounding the culmination of the U.S. election cycle, investors are focusing on precious metals as a potential investment solution. In this webcast, Steve Dunn, CIMA®, Head of Exchange Traded Funds, and Stan Kiang, Director of Strategic Accounts, will speak on behalf of Aberdeen Standard Investments to discuss why we believe precious metals are a critical component of a well-diversified investment portfolio. Gold and Silver prices have been surging of late, but this webinar will lay out the fundamentals underlying the need for a longer-term, strategic allocation. This webcast is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

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The Long Game: A Case for Investing in Emerging Markets Through Periods of Volatility

As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, many advisors are renewing their focus on investment fundamentals. In this webcast, Don Amstad, COO & Head of Investment Specialists for the Asia-Pac region at Aberdeen Standard Investments, will discuss how we may be experiencing a historically opportune entry point for both Emerging Markets equities and bonds. These asset classes may offer attractive risk adjusted returns, especially when applying in-depth research and due diligence. The current landscape has magnified inefficiencies within the emerging markets and these opportunities can avail themselves when a disciplined approach to risk and volatility is maintained. Mr. Amstad provides a unique perspective into the landscape of Emerging Markets, as he has lived and invested in Asia for more than 20 years and has seen first-hand the rapid structural changes that have taken place in the region over that time. This webcast is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

This webcast provides key insights and actionable strategies for diversifying with emerging markets investment solutions. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Finding value and maximizing opportunities in a complex marketplace.
  • The importance of considering environment, social and governance (ESG) issues.
  • How remaining vigilant can allow investors to take advantage of opportunities.
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Market Volatility and the Diversification Potential of Municipal Fixed Income Investing

With the Federal Reserve and governments across the country taking unprecedented actions in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Municipal Fixed Income market has entered uncharted territory. This landscape has magnified inefficiencies within this market and these opportunities can potentially produce income when a disciplined approach to risk and volatility is maintained. In this webcast, Jonathan Mondillo, Head of Municipals, will speak on behalf of Aberdeen Standard Investments to discuss how in-depth credit research can lead to municipal fixed income investment solutions that offer attractive risk-adjusted returns.

This webcast provides key insights and actionable strategies for diversifying with municipal fixed income solutions. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • Finding value and maximizing tax efficiency in a complex marketplace.
  • The importance of downside protection through comprehensive risk management.
  • How remaining nimble can allow investors to take advantage of opportunities.

This webcast is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Webinar

Market Volatility and the Diversification Potential of Precious Metals

Ongoing market uncertainty and unprecedented monetary policy is leading investors to explore precious metals as an essential investment solution. In this webcast, Steve Dunn, CIMA®, Head of Exchange Traded Funds, and Stan Kiang, Director of Strategic Accounts, will speak on behalf of Aberdeen Standard Investments to discuss why we believe precious metals are a critical component of a well-balanced investment portfolio. In addition to providing a market outlook, they will discuss why an allocation to metals shouldn’t reflect only a tactical reaction to market volatility spikes, but may be a strategic, long-term hold. This webcast is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

This webcast provides key insights and actionable strategies for diversifying with precious metals. Some of the topics that will be addressed include:

  • The benefits of investing in physically-backed metals.
  • How high fees may derail the goals of precious metals investors.
  • The differences between investing in metals versus miners.

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Steve Dunn and Stan Kiang are registered representatives of ALPS Distributors, Inc.

Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses.

ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the marketing agent.

Commodities generally are volatile and are not suitable for all investors. Carefully consider the fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, and fees and expenses before investing. This material must be accompanied or preceded by a prospectus. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

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Commentary

Aberdeen Global Investment Outlook: September 2013

The point of maximum policy accommodation may now be in sight: Markets volatile as investors forced to contemplate U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) exit strategy. Slowing growth in China is putting pressure on Asian and emerging markets to develop domestic led demand. This time really could be different for Japan - however reflating the economy was never going to be easy.
Commentary

Guanxi, Mianzi, and Business: The Impact of Culture on Corporate Governance in China

There are two key cultural and sociological issues of particular importance when evaluating Chinese companies: guanxi (relationships and networks) and mianzi (face). When analyzing the potential of a Chinese company, it's important to understand how guanzi and mianzi affect transactions, board composition and deliberations, and shareholder engagement, among other issues.
Commentary

Global Investment Outlook

Global growth remains positive but momentum is lacking. Central bank action has eased tensions. Markets are calmer but future direction is uncertain
Commentary

Global Investment Outlook

Investors continue to focus on the global macroeconomic backdrop, which is still relatively positive despite slightly disappointing data recently. There are signs that some of the imbalances within the Eurozone are starting to ease as competitiveness is improving in some of the peripheral countries and this is beginning to be reflected in trade figures. Looking further ahead, we feel that global consumption should be supported by falling headline inflation.
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Global Investment Outlook - March 2012

Global economic growth sustains its momentum for now. Fiscal policy remains a global focus. Further monetary policy accommodation should support markets. Recent positive momentum within the U.S. economy is driving the global economic recovery, overwhelming the negative sentiment emanating from peripheral Europe. Real incomes, boosted by employment growth and easing inflation, are showing signs of turning positive in the U.S., feeding through to the broader economy.
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Global Investment Outlook

Policy makers globally face the challenge of supporting growth while managing debt levels, and still remaining aware of inflation. The Eurozone crisis is a further complication, and has the potential to make matters more difficult. That being said, there is still growth in the world economy, though perhaps more disparate than in previous cycles. Given the inter-connected nature of countries in the globalized world, there are few areas truly insulated from turmoil. However, there are safer-havens where clearer policy frameworks and the ability to enact solutions more robustly are helpful.
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Aberdeen Chile Fund, Inc. Fund Manager Interview

Chile has developed a middle class quicker than many of its Latin American peers and consequently, more robust domestic consumption trends. Chile has formed close ties with China in recent years and in 2005 became the first country in Latin America to sign a Free Trade Agreement with the Asian nation. Chile has proven to be a model to the Latin American region in regards to good corporate governance and transparency. Though Chile will not be fully insulated from the global downturn, the countrys longterm fundamentals remain sound.
Commentary

Investment Outlook: November 2011

Financial crisis continues to dominate the political agenda: a credit crunch looms as Europes banks shrink balance sheets, growth momentum is diverging among different regions, investor focus on global fiscal policy will intensify in 2012 and abundant liquidity via central bank easing is likely to prevail for some time. Economic data has tended to surprise analysts over the last few weeks, encouraging the view that growth may not be as weak as some were predicting only a month ago. However the picture is very different among different regions around the world.
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Fund Manager Interview

The popular perception of Latin America as a region of weak political systems and economies is changing. Prudent fiscal and monetary policies have helped many countries stabilize their economies. The region came through the recent credit crisis relatively unscathed. Good-quality companies trading at attractive valuations can be found in the region. A local presence helps bolster our research.
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Global Investment Outlook: October 2011

Global growth momentum continues to decline but is worst in Europe. Solvency of national governments and now banks is creating fears of a crisis. Coordinated policy action is key to stemming adverse market reaction. Although economic data has continued to demonstrate slower business activity, this is most obvious within Europe which has suffered from fiscal contraction as well as diminishing export demand from the emerging world. Unemployment levels remain elevated, and the reluctance to create new jobs is proving the Achilles heel of policymakers efforts to kick start private sector demand.
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Asian Bonds Fund Manager Interview: A Misunderstood Opportunity

Global investors remain under-invested to Asian bonds. Exposure is often made through global debt benchmarks; however, these benchmarks typically have low allocations to Asia, may not be particularly active, have allocations to less creditworthy countries and possess limited local currency exposure. Many investment opportunities in the Asian region have been overlooked. Asia provides a diverse set of markets and a broad set of country issuers across the credit spectrum, offering what we believe are good opportunities for investors to enhance portfolio yields.