TheStreet Interviews Tom Clarke

April 30, 2014


 
 
Tom Clarke, partner and co-portfolio manager of the William Blair Macro Allocation Fund, discusses why he believes that investors should stick with large cap stocks in a slow growth environment in an interview with TheStreet’s investment reporter, Gregg Greenberg. In addition, he highlights:
 
  • European equity opportunities, particularly in Italy and Spain
  • Currency opportunities created by the U.S. Federal Reserve tapering, particularly in emerging market currencies such as the Indian rupee

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