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The Altrinsic International Equity Portfolio gained 1.3% during the first quarter, outperforming the 1.5% decline by the MSCI EAFE Index as measured in U.S.

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The Altrinsic Global Equity portfolio gained 0.2% during the first quarter, outperforming the 1.3% decline by the MSCI World Index as measured in U.S.

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The fear that persisted in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has been replaced by complacency and growing excesses in many markets.  It was difficult to lose money in 2017, as 38 of the 39 major asset classes monitored by Deutsche Bank delivered positive returns.  Global equity markets, as measured by the MSCI World Index, climbed in every single month of 2017 and have now delivered a 237% total return since their 2009 lows.2  Stock market valuations have become stretched by historical measures, while interest rates, credit spreads, and volatility hover near all-time lows. 

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World markets registered another quarter of strong returns against a backdrop of synchronized global growth, resilient manufacturing and services activity in China, and a potentially stimulative tax reform package in the U.S.  Gains were broad based across asset classes, including emerging markets which gained 7.4%. 

Absolute returns have been strong, but it has been difficult for those of us applying a value discipline to outpace the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, in which the largest constituents and leading performers are a concentrated group of highly valued growth stocks.  

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The fear that persisted in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has been replaced by complacency and growing excesses in many markets.  It was difficult to lose money in 2017, as 38 of the 39 major asset classes monitored by Deutsche Bank delivered positive returns.  As measured by the MSCI World Index, equities climbed in every single month of 2017 and have now delivered a 237% total return since their 2009 lows.2  Stock market valuations have become stretched by historical measures, while interest rates, credit spreads, and volatility hover near all-time lows.  Reflecting th

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Strong gains were delivered across most markets and asset classes during the third quarter, fueled by synchronized (yet tepid) global economic growth, a benign inflationary environment, and continuing unorthodox monetary policies.  Improving corporate earnings further supported market strength with emerging markets and the most economically cyclical industries leading markets to all-time highs.  Meanwhile, volatility levels, as measured by the VIX index, fell to all-time low levels.  This inherent complacency is unsettling in light of historically low interest rates, high valuation levels,

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Strong gains were delivered across most markets and asset classes during the third quarter, fueled by synchronized (yet tepid) global economic growth, a benign inflationary environment, and continuing unorthodox monetary policies.  Improving corporate earnings further supported market strength with emerging markets and the most economically cyclical industries leading markets to all-time highs.  Meanwhile, volatility levels, as measured by the VIX index, fell to all-time low levels.  This inherent complacency is unsettling in light of historically low interest rates, high valuation levels,

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Emerging markets continued their rally during the third quarter, extending the asset class’ year-to-date return to 28%.  The driving forces behind the market have remained fairly constant through much of the year, including synchronized global economic growth, a benign inflation environment, continued unorthodox central bank policies, supportive capital flows, and increased confidence in China’s reform efforts.  Market leadership continues to be very narrow, concentrated in a handful of large-cap technology stocks and the Chinese real estate and automobile sectors.  Embedded in these consen

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The Altrinsic Emerging Markets Portfolio gained 6.0% during the second quarter in U.S. dollars.  By comparison, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index rose 6.3%.  Markets benefited from synchronized, albeit modest, global economic growth, strengthening Chinese consumer spending, earnings expectations, and positive portfolio flows into the asset class.  A fresh wave of corruption allegations in Brazil and escalating tensions involving North Korea impacted local markets but seemed to be shrugged off by the broader emerging markets.

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