Insights

Jan 21, 2021

Those who think it’s possible to predict the future of economies and markets with any sort of accuracy would have a hard time explaining 2020—a year dominated by a black swan event that descended u

Jan 15, 2021

The price of gold has risen considerably over the past two years as real interest rates—to which the price of gold has historically been inversely related—have cratered.

Dec 28, 2020

While growth has outperformed value significantly since the global financial crisis, the two styles have traded leadership in recent decades and value has dominated over the long term.

Dec 16, 2020

Investors in search of a dependable income stream traditionally have looked to bonds and other fixed income assets for their consistent coupon payments and relatively low volatility.

Dec 07, 2020

At First Eagle, we subscribe to a notion once put forth by renowned investor Warren Buffet: “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” By first defining the fundamental character of a business

Nov 24, 2020

Rather than committing to one market or the other, the highly selective investment approach used to manage the First Eagle Global Fund may serve as a bridge between the familiarity of domestic equi

Nov 11, 2020

The virus-related surge in unemployment has likely increased the share of households at risk of falling short in retirement.

Nov 10, 2020

  Watch a replay of Matt McLennan on Bloomberg TV, where he shared his thoughts the potential shift in leadership within market and what he favors most within the value segment.

Oct 26, 2020

The multiple expansion in growth stocks appears to reflect two recent developments. First, near-zero interest rates have pulled down the discount rate, making future cash flows appear more attractive relative to current ones. Second, the pandemic-driven shift online provided a significant boost to companies with a strong online presence

Oct 26, 2020

While growth stocks have continued to outperform, their market values in most cases have increased at a far greater rate than their revenue and cash flow.

Oct 25, 2020

After the very substantial decline of US equities in the first quarter of 2020, stocks rebounded in the second quarter—a pattern consistent with earlier recessionary periods. The strength of the equity market recovery in the face of increasing daily cases of Covid-19 surprised many commentators.

Oct 25, 2020

In the second quarter of 2020, the high yield market recouped much of the steep loss it had suffered in the first quarter of the year. The turning point for the market appeared to be the Federal Reserve’s March announcement that it would take aggressive measures to counteract the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Oct 22, 2020

The price of gold was pulled by many crosscurrents in the third quarter. The key factors included the advance and retreat of the coronavirus, positive and negative news about progress on a vaccine, the uncertain fiscal outlook, political tensions surrounding the US elections and the changing values of the dollar and the euro.

Oct 20, 2020

It would be easy to look at some data from the third quarter and mistake it for a period of blithe recovery. Covid-19 fatalities moderated in the US, while business confidence returned. Longdated inflation expectations approached the Federal Reserve’s benchmark near 2%. The MSCI World Index gained close to 8%, while high yield bond spreads tightened by approximately 100 basis points. Under the surface, however, the situation was more complex.

Oct 05, 2020

Though China fell into the first economic contraction in its modern history as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has rebounded markedly and looks poised to be one of the few countries to post G

Sep 29, 2020

While many pundits have confidently expounded on industries they think will flourish/suffer under a new Biden or second Trump presidency, we believe the future of economies and investment markets c

Sep 22, 2020

Matt McLennan, head of First Eagle’s Global Value team, appeared on Fox Business to talk about the parallels between the 1960's and now, most notably in the fundamtenal transition in the currency markets.

Aug 19, 2020

Gold’s unique risk-return characteristics have given it the rare ability to maintain its real value in both inflationary and deflationary environments, while also serving as a potential hedge again

Aug 15, 2020

The integration of emerging markets into the global economy in recent decades has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.

Jul 30, 2020

Portfolio Managers Matthew McLennan, Kimball Brooker and Matt Lamphier discussed the ongoing market volatility, the impact it had on portfolio performance during the first

Jul 21, 2020

“Don’t fight the Fed.” This old adage has been proven right over many short time periods, second quarter 2020 the most recent among them.

Jul 21, 2020

Gold’s unique risk-return characteristics have given it the rare ability to maintain its real value in both inflationary and deflationary environments, while also serving as a potential hedge against extreme equity market drawdowns and thus a source of resilience for stock portfolios.

Jul 07, 2020

Entering 2020 there were a variety of indicators—including massive sovereign and corporate debt balances, the continued debasement of man-made money, and heightened political tensions.

Jun 16, 2020

While it’s true a large proportion of the “new economy” names that dominated markets in recent years call the US home, there is no shortage of companies worldwide whose combination of scarce assets

May 04, 2020

Portfolio Managers Matthew McLennan, Kimball Brooker and Matt Lamphier discussed recent market volatility and what may lie ahead.

Apr 20, 2020

On April 7, 2020, we spoke with Idanna Appio about recent market developments and the potential short- and long-term macroeconomic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 15, 2020

Investors initially downplayed news of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, and equity indexes continued to press higher for the first weeks of 2020 as they did for much of 2019, led by growth-

Apr 01, 2020

The latest Social Security Trustees Report revealed that the program’s 75-year deficit had increased and the depletion of the Social Security trust fund continues to be projected for 2035.

Mar 31, 2020

Though equity indexes have bounced off their worst levels of 2020, Matt McLennan, head of First Eagle’s Global Value team, appeared on Bloomberg TV to caution that the full impact of the pandemic’s “gut punch” to the world economy may yet to be fully appreciated by markets.

Mar 30, 2020

The co-managers say times like these make the case to own gold strategically as a potential hedge and not as a bet for higher prices.

Mar 23, 2020

First the virus now the volatility. What’s next?

Mar 01, 2020

The shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans over the past few decades has had an unexpected effect on Late Boomers

Feb 26, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak represents a significant shock to both supply and demand in China and is likely to have repercussions for both Chinese and global economic growth.

Feb 20, 2020

We're pleased to share First Eagle Reflections.

Jan 31, 2020

Portfolio Managers Matthew McLennan, Kimball Brooker 

Jan 07, 2020

Watch Matt McLennan alongside Evercore ISI's Ed Hyman as they discuss what has changed in financial markets over the last year and what that means for the US and Global economies.

Nov 22, 2019

Equity markets have overcome their end-cycle anxiety to deliver impressive gains thus far in 2019. Given the magnitude of returns across stock markets globally, it is perhaps not surprising to see widespread reports of FOMO among investors.

Sep 13, 2019

The use of gold as a potential hedge against extreme market outcomes has long been a key tenet of First Eagle’s investment philosophy.

Aug 30, 2019

At First Eagle, we’ve long held that the United States does not have a monopoly on good companies. While we think most market participants would agree with this sentiment, asset allocation data suggest US investors in general continue to be significantly underexposed to international equities relative to their share of the global opportunity set.

Jul 24, 2019

“One of the things that's important that we do a little bit differently at First Eagle, is we don't define value just in purely statistical terms."  

Jul 23, 2019

Though the current business cycle—the longest in US history—is showing signs of age, the potential timing of and impetus for its end remain uncertain.

May 22, 2019

Conventional wisdom dictates that everyone should save as much as they can, as early as they can, for as long as they can in order to live a dignified life in retirement.

May 15, 2019

The long-simmering trade dispute between the US and China has intensified in recent days.

May 03, 2019

Nurtured by ever-cheaper computing power and the datafication of modern life, the rate of advancement in technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) and offshoots like machine learning has a

Apr 26, 2019

It’s by design that companies in Matthew McLennan’s portfolios aren’t exactly those that set investors’ hearts racing with excitement. “We’re happy to own businesses with what we consider a gradual positive drift to them,” he says. In this article, Matthew McLennan and Kimball Brooker describe how they assess “fade risk” in a number of industries, what makes them uneasy about the state of the world today, why their exposure to gold is higher than normal, and why they see mispriced value in Fanuc, Orkla, Schlumberger, Jardine Matheson and Weyerhaeuser.

Apr 04, 2019

The timing and conditions of Brexit remain unclear, but most estimates suggest that both the UK and EU economies will suffer as frictions are introduced into their economic connection.

Apr 01, 2019

What is the wake-up call event that a retirement savings rate may be too low? Marriage!

Mar 01, 2019

Investors and consultants frequently ask for the Global Value team’s views on sustainable investing. While we do not offer strategies that focus in this area, we do pay close attention to issues of sustainability because they may be a key to a company’s resilience over the long term. Some investors see the energy sector as the antithesis of sustainability, but we see things differently. In this interview, Benj Bahr, energy-sector analyst on the Global Value team, explains why.

Mar 01, 2019

Do the individual savers take their spouses’ behavior into account when making their own savings decisions? 

Apr 18, 2018

First Eagle’s Global Value team has adopted the value investment philosophy first developed by Benjamin Graham and later refined by Warren Buffett.

Jan 25, 2018

Over the last several years, the retirement landscape has markedly changed. Americans are living longer and need to plan accordingly. At the same time, with defined contribution plans replacing defined benefit plans both at corporations and, more recently, at public entities, individuals also need to shoulder greater responsibility for their own retirement saving.

Jan 25, 2018

We believe that First Eagle Funds are a natural fit for defined contribution plans because we believe in the key tenets of successful retirement plan investing. Our funds have distinctive risk/reward characteristics, and they have performed well in some periods when other investments were struggling.

Dec 22, 2017

Since Joseph Engelberger, “the father of robotics,” developed the world’s first industrial robots in the 1950s and installed them in a General Motors plant in 1961, the robotics industry has made tremendous advances. Today, there are about 1.9 million industrial robots deployed worldwide across a wide range of applications in fields such as manufacturing, logistics, consumer services, defense and healthcare.

Nov 24, 2015

Rising volatility spurs many investors to sell indiscriminately and, in particular, to flee stocks they see as underperformers. This fear-driven flight may send share prices down into bargain territory, where value investors can acquire them.

Jan 01, 2013

Managers who are given the flexibility to go anywhere and own out-of-benchmark stocks and who make independent investment decisions, in our view, are more likely to outperform over the long term.

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