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China tops U.S. in energy consumption

China tops U.S. in energy consumption

The International Energy Agency estimates that China has just surpassed the United States in overall energy consumption. What opportunities does this present for investors? Robust growth in China’s energy consumption Consumption of energy in China has doubled over the past decade, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that the country has just surpassed the

Consumers benefit, but not all consumer-sector stocks

Consumers benefit, but not all consumer-sector stocks

What are the potential implications for consumer-sector stocks? At the margin, we think the impact of increased regulation and taxation on financial services companies could be negative — particularly for businesses that touch the consumer directly, such as credit card companies. Anything that slows economic growth, increases uncertainty, or decreases confidence is negative. What are

Derivatives regulations should shore up financial system

Derivatives regulations should shore up financial system

Under the Dodd-Frank Act, many derivatives will move from over-the-counter trading to exchanges or electronic trading systems. What will this mean for Putnam funds? The Act sets the broad outlines for regulation, which will be implemented through the new powers of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in greater detail

The Fed’s exit from the mortgage market

The Fed’s exit from the mortgage market

On the heels of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in late 2008, the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed”) rolled out a number of unprecedented programs designed to inject liquidity into the financial system. The mortgage purchase program began in conjunction with the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or “TARP,” and both were designed to