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  Steve Huber  

on April 23, 2014

Bonds had their worst year in recent memory last year, with most sectors recording losses. Performance has rebounded in early 2014, but investors remain on guard as the Federal Reserve pulls back on the stimulus that has helped suppress bond yields.

The New Face of Corporate Japan

April 17, 2014

The weaker yen and the recovery in economic activity have provided the ingredients for Japan's recent stock market success. Evidence of a cultural shift within Japanese corporations is inspiring the next wave of confidence in Japan.

Retirement Investing Based On Your Needs

March 19, 2014

It's a simple but unsettling reality: "Too many individuals are unprepared for retirement," says Jerome Clark, portfolio manager of the Retirement Funds and co-portfolio manager of the Target Retirement Funds. "So it's critical that they understand the risks and choose investments that maximize their opportunity for financial success in retirement."

A Bright Spot in Global Frontier Markets

February 24, 2014

Structural reforms and strong economic growth are fueling equity outperformance and attracting increasing investor interest in the Africa and Middle East region.

Stronger Earnings Key to European Economy

February 20, 2014

Despite market weakness early in the year, the European macroeconomic picture is beginning to improve, as seen by data in manufacturing and other economic indicators. However, European corporate earnings have yet to materially recover.

Searching Globally for Next Technology Leaders

December 19, 2013

The pace of change in the technology sector and the rapid diffusion of innovation necessitate a global search for tomorrow's technology leaders. While U.S. firms are dominant in some areas, leaders in other segments can be found in burgeoning technology centers around the globe that may become the Silicon Valleys of tomorrow.

Investing in the New Europe

December 16, 2013

The T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund (PRESX) is investing in the region's burgeoning recovery. The fund aims to create long-term growth by investing in the common stocks of European companies.

A Strategy to Maximize After-Tax Returns

November 13, 2013

Don Peters, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Tax-Efficient Equity Fund, discusses strategies to minimize capital gains and maximize after-tax returns.

Small-Caps: Digging Deeper for Opportunities

November 7, 2013

When the financial crisis erupted in 2008, small-cap stocks plummeted 35%, marking their worst year since the 1930s. In the market recovery since then, however, they have significantly outperformed large-cap stocks, particularly over the last 12 months.

Short-Term Options for Bond Investors

November 1, 2013

The Federal Reserve's plan to begin "tapering" its asset purchases has heightened concerns among fixed income investors about rising interest rates and consequent bond portfolio losses. Rising interest rates typically lead to higher bond yields and falling bond prices—which lower bond values.

The Eurozone Evolution

October 23, 2013

Europe has not completely regained its economic strength, but it is finally emerging from recession. Financial market performance has improved, while some periphery countries still have significant hurdles to overcome. In a recent interview, Dean Tenerelli and Ken Orchard discuss the European economy, the debt crisis, and the outlook for the future.

Global Market Outlook: The Fed's Impact

October 22, 2013

After a solid start, global equity markets stumbled through the spring and summer. The news that the U.S. Federal Reserve would consider tapering its monthly asset purchases pressured global markets heavily, but September brought a rebound when the Fed decided to hold off.

Adapting to a Rising Interest Rate Climate

October 22, 2013

After several years of outstanding returns, bond markets have struggled recently amid rising interest rates and potentially changing Federal Reserve policies. Bonds rallied late in the third quarter, though, as the Fed decided to postpone a planned tapering of its stimulative quantitative easing (QE) program.

Frontier Markets Are Making Great Strides

October 17, 2013

Emerging markets have performed poorly for the last couple of years as economic growth has moderated and corporate earnings have been disappointing. However, frontier markets have performed better than many emerging markets as investors have recognized that robust domestic economic growth can translate into strong corporate earnings growth.

Changes in China

September 25, 2013

China's shift toward an economic model emphasizing domestic consumption over government stimulus will have repercussions throughout the global economy. The resulting changes present investors with opportunities and risks.

An International Focus on Growth And Value

September 17, 2013

The T. Rowe Price Spectrum International Fund invests in up to 13 T. Rowe Price international funds and employs broad diversification to pursue its goal of producing long-term capital appreciation.

Global Investment Outlook Is Mixed

September 5, 2013

The U.S. economy has been gradually improving, supported by a favorable employment outlook, low inflation, and the housing market recovery. This encouraging news is likely to favor companies with strong profiles

Are Emerging Markets Poised for a Comeback?

August 26, 2013

One of the most startling developments in global equity markets in recent years has been the stark contrast in performance between developed and emerging markets. After surging 79% in 2009 as markets rebounded from the financial crisis, emerging markets have gained, on average, only a 4% total return for the entire three-year period ended July 31, 2013.

How Will Cash-Rich Firms Share Profits?

August 26, 2013

Large U.S. companies have been enjoying high profit margins, cash flows, and levels of cash on their books. Income-seeking investors have bid up prices on high dividend yield stocks. But T. Rowe Price managers say companies could return more of the cash to stockholders through dividends and share buybacks.

Diversification, Liquidity Key for Bond Investors

July 23, 2013

After several years of outstanding returns, bond markets dropped this spring as interest rates surged from historic lows. Almost all bond sectors turned in negative returns during the second quarter of 2013. Steve Huber, Strategic Income Fund portfolio manager, discusses what's changed and how fixed income investors can navigate uncertainty.

U.S. Markets in an Era of Tighter Monetary Policy

July 23, 2013

The U.S. stock market sold off sharply from its highs late in the second quarter, as investors began to fear a less accommodative monetary policy from the Federal Reserve. In a recent interview, Brian Rogers, the firm's chairman and chief investment officer, shares his views on the Fed's moves and strategies that make sense going forward.

After a Stumble, a Mixed Outlook for Global Stocks

July 23, 2013

Global equity markets climbed in early 2013, especially in the developed world. Then there were sharp reversals in May and June after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested the Fed could begin tapering its economic stimulus efforts later in 2013. In a recent interview, Portfolio Manager Ray Mills discusses the latest developments in global markets.

A Global Perspective on Asset Allocation

June 25, 2013

Charles Shriver, portfolio manager of the new Global Allocation Fund, discusses the fund's holdings and risks and how the fund can be used in a portfolio.

Delivering a Proven Fixed Income Strategy

June 19, 2013

Dan Shackelford, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price New Income Fund, focuses on maintaining stability and maximizing current income.

A Lower-Risk Way to Capitalize on Opportunities

June 18, 2013

David Giroux, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Fund uses a flexible asset allocation approach to find value in the market.

Targeting Stocks in Foreign Markets

June 17, 2013

Portfolio Manager Ray Mills and his team search for companies in developed markets and, to a lesser extent, emerging markets that are undervalued compared with the strength of their underlying fundamentals.

"Abenomics" Looks to Jump-Start Japan

May 24, 2013

Although it is tempting to either take short-term profits or to dismiss this rally as yet another false dawn, the prospects for real change in Japan are better now than at any time in the last seven years.

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