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U.S. Crude Oil & Natural Gas Rig Counts Are Trending Higher

Nov. 29, 2016 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Today's blog post illustrates the dramatic reduction in the number of active U.S. crude oil and natural gas rigs since energy prices peaked in 2014, as well as a bit of a rebound in the counts in the second half of 2016.
2. Rig count cuts are generally done in an effort to curb production in response to declining energy prices. Rig counts tend to rise when energy producers sense that higher prices are not only coming, but are sustainable.
Higher Rates Won’t Crush Housing
Nov. 28, 2016 - First Trust -  In the past 7 ¾ years, we have consistently urged investors to separate their politics from their investing. It’s way too easy to say, “Their guy is in the White House; so everything must be awful – and if anything good happens, it must be fake, or a ‘sugar high’.”
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U.S. Crude Oil & Natural Gas Rig Counts Are Trending Higher

Nov. 29, 2016 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Today's blog post illustrates the dramatic reduction in the number of active U.S. crude oil and natural gas rigs since energy prices peaked in 2014, as well as a bit of a rebound in the counts in the second half of 2016.
2. Rig count cuts are generally done in an effort to curb production in response to declining energy prices. Rig counts tend to rise when energy producers sense that higher prices are not only coming, but are sustainable.
Higher Rates Won’t Crush Housing
Nov. 28, 2016 - First Trust -  In the past 7 ¾ years, we have consistently urged investors to separate their politics from their investing. It’s way too easy to say, “Their guy is in the White House; so everything must be awful – and if anything good happens, it must be fake, or a ‘sugar high’.”
CEF Industry Reports
Rights Offerings
Aug. 26, 2016 - Wells Fargo Advisors -  An existing CEF may raise additional capital by offering rights, which gives existing shareholders the right (but not an obligation) to purchase additional shares of common stock at a discount to net asset value (NAV).
Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (JEQ)
Jul. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has the British vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) impacted Japan?
We believe it has driven investors to perceived safe havens such as the yen, which dipped below 100 to the U.S. dollar for the first time in three years.
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Aberdeen Japan Equity Fund, Inc. (JEQ)
Jul. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  How has the British vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) impacted Japan?
We believe it has driven investors to perceived safe havens such as the yen, which dipped below 100 to the U.S. dollar for the first time in three years.
The India Fund, Inc. (IFN)

Jun. 30, 2016 - Aberdeen Asset Management -  Is Rajan leaving a blow for reforms?
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan announced he will leave in September when his current term ends, dashing any hopes for an extension. There are concerns the departure of the respected but outspoken central banker, a key architect of reforms, may help trigger a new period of uncertainty.
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