When you’re looking at the big picture, you’re seeing the forest for the trees. The same is true when you’re looking at markets as opposed to individual securities—the difference between top-down and bottom-up investing.

Top-down investing complements bottom-up investing. It provides:

  • The ability to navigate macro developments around the world that impact market prices
  • Diversification within a portfolio
  • Flexibility to be opportunistic across the entire globe

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