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S&P 500 Index Stock Prices Relative To Their 52-Week Highs

Aug. 23, 2016 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Today's blog post updates three previous posts done on 7/7/16 (click here to view), 5/17/16 (click here to view) and on 2/16/16 (click here to view).
2. The S&P 500 Index, which is capitalization-weighted, posted a total return of 13.22% for the 12-month period ended 8/22/16, according to Bloomberg.On a price-only basis,which excludes dividends,the index was up 10.74%
Shut Out the Pessimists
Aug. 22, 2016 - First Trust -  You know the economy is getting better when the pessimists’ theories on economic doom have been so wrong for so long they have to start recycling the old ones.
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S&P 500 Index Stock Prices Relative To Their 52-Week Highs

Aug. 23, 2016 - First Trust -  View from the Observation Deck
1. Today's blog post updates three previous posts done on 7/7/16 (click here to view), 5/17/16 (click here to view) and on 2/16/16 (click here to view).
2. The S&P 500 Index, which is capitalization-weighted, posted a total return of 13.22% for the 12-month period ended 8/22/16, according to Bloomberg.On a price-only basis,which excludes dividends,the index was up 10.74%
Dividend Growth Slows but Closed-End Funds Pay Out
Aug. 23, 2016 - Morningstar, Inc. -  As UK dividends recorded the slowest growth among its global peers in the second quarter of 2016, we reveal 6 investment trusts with decades of dividend increases
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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.
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Jul. 13, 2016 - Cohen & Steers -  Valuation and income potential are good places to start when evaluating closed-end funds, but investors who rely on them as an indicator of future performance are likely to be disappointed.
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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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