Two key measures of the health of the banking industry have shown significant improvement and could point to continued solid profitability in the Financial sector in 2019 and beyond.
In the following commentary, Portfolio Manager Ryan Kelley discusses the drivers behind the strong growth in the natural gas market in 2018, how tight inventories might cause more volatility in the gas price and the outlook for continued growth in natural gas exports.
Portfolio Managers Toby Loftin and Tim Dumois discuss the Fund’s correlation to oil prices, how energy companies are responding to shareholder preferences, and the outlook for energy markets.
As factory automation systems appear in factories throughout the world, Japanese companies are slated to be major beneficiaries - both as producers and users of robotics.
Over the past decade, U.S. natural gas utility and pipeline companies have significantly increased investment in their infrastructure networks. We believe higher investment is a positive catalyst driving earnings growth for many natural gas distribution companies operating under rate of return (ROR) regulation.
Over the last decade, strong growth in production has allowed the U.S. to become a net exporter of natural gas. Both pipeline exports to Mexico and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to the rest of the world, especially Asia, have been growing rapidly, and significant further growth is forecast.
Tourism is a growing industry in Japan, and it has the potential to contribute meaningfully to economic growth over the next decade as the country deregulates the industry, opens casinos, and welcomes foreign visitors to the Olympic Games in 2020.
Portfolio Manager Tad Fujimura shares his thoughts on Japanese stock valuations, structural reform progress, and the best way for investors to gain exposure to Japanese small-cap stocks.
Portfolio Manager Masa Takeda provides his outlook for 2019 and shares his thoughts on recent market volatility, the impact of trade tariffs, the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy, and the case for active management.
Over the last two decades, the Financials Sector has become much more diverse. Financial companies operating in markets where growth is being driven by new processes and technological innovation have become an important part of the sector, offering investors high growth potential and additional diversification.