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Prudential Financial’s Strategic Investment Research Group (SIRG) was founded over 25 years ago to serve Prudential's wealth management divisions. Today our organization has grown to provide services to a wide range of Prudential businesses, ranging from basic oversight and reporting to full-service platform consulting and discretionary multi-manager portfolio management.

We have over 20 professionals, averaging more than 10 years of experience, dedicated to investment research.

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Sell Discipline: Portfolio Management Tool or Marketing Spin
 

All managers have an investment process. Some are very complex and involve multi-factor models, while others are profoundly simple and involve only a few decision criteria. The structure of an investment process will vary across managers, however, every one will have something in common – a buy discipline and a sell discipline. But it is not enough to just have stated buy and sell disciplines, managers must adhere to them even in the most difficult of market environments, as they are the key drivers of performance. If either the buy or sell discipline is consistently ignored, the chance of historical returns continuing into the future is greatly diminished.

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Japan and the Rise of "Abenomics"
 

For a long time, international equity investment funds have been able to add alpha versus their benchmarks rather easily by simply underweighting Japan.  This was due to the relative performance weakness of Japanese stocks in comparison to other developed countries.  In 2013 the game changed and funds with a similar posture have faced significant headwinds as Japanese stocks have outperformed by a very wide margin.

This research paper provides a timely analysis into the issues that have faced the Japanese economy, the aggressive action by newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to correct them, and the implications for investors as we move forward.

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Economic Outlook
 

Global economic growth still appears on course for a steady recovery in 2014.  A reduction in fiscal drag is a key reason to expect a gradual strengthening in global growth this year and next, with Europe and the United States experiencing the greatest benefit.  In general, the picture continues to be brighter in the advanced economies than in the emerging world.  In February, the Global Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) published by Capital Economics edged up to 53.3, its highest level since April 2011.  This is consisten with an uptick in global GDP growth from the 3.0% annualized growth rate of the fourth quarter of 2013.

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