Fraser, Austin

Austin is a Research Analyst at Fisher Investments and is the author of Fisher Investments on Emerging Markets from Fisher Investments Press. He has been with the firm since 2002.

Chinese Fundamentals: Likely Fine, Not Falling


Investors may be pleasantly surprised by China’s improving economic data.

China Removes The Floor on Its Bank Lending Rate


A brief note on credit dymanics in China.

China’s 18th Party Congress


China’s power transition this week is an important event, but it’s unlikely to surprise markets or mean much in the way of change ahead.

Commentary on the WTI – Brent Differential


An unprecedented phenomenon is currently afoot in the Energy sector—the price differential between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil hit an all-time discount. Here's a look at what's driving this gap.

Not a Doi Moi Contagion

Vietnam is in crisis, stirring up memories of the 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis. But its problems are unlikely to give investors déjà vu.

Reality Check: You Get What You Pay For

It's safe to say everyone likes a good deal, but government subsidies often turn out to be more than we bargained for.

Hyped Up on Hooch

Nearly three quarters of a century after the end of Prohibition, bootleggers are making a comeback. This time, though, they're turning that corn hooch into fuel, not moonshine.

Average Trickery

According to 2005 Census data, the average US family has 3.18 persons. Naturally, we know it's impossible for any family to have a fractional population (unless Dr. Moreau's practicing without our knowledge).

Fool's Gold

If you've been around long enough, oil as a cause for hysteria isn't a new thing.

The Profligate Consumer

The news media has everyone just about convinced the "conspicuous consumption" and "pecuniary emulation" of US consumers is out of hand.

The Current Account—One Less Thing to Worry About

The current account balance is a commonly misunderstood economic statistic.


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