US investors moved into the most defensive sectors last week. Consumer staples, health care and utilities held up better than industrials and materials, as the renewed US-China trade tensions…
President Trump changed his tone on trade negotiations with China and threatened to raise tariffs – but it’s too early to tell whether this is just a negotiating tactic. However, both countries are in a stronger position…
Spain’s Socialist Party won the parliamentary elections but failed to secure enough of a majority to form a government on its own.
As global economic growth stumbles and inflation slips yet again, central bankers seem to have embarked on another round of what has become their favourite game in recent years: hot potato.
‘People care so much because it is their business. If it is yours you want to beat the competition and be the best. If you are small either you are good or you die.’
The Reserve Bank of India carried out its second rate cut of the year, to 6%, helped along by reduced inflationary pressures. The decision comes a week before the start of the general elections, which will be held in stages up to 9 May.
In recent days, investors have focussed on the US yield curve inversion, an event that has preceded every past recession.
The ongoing search for high yields has drawn investors to the potential of private equity, whose key players have historically outperformed the market.
The rapid digitisation of the economy is pushing the prices of goods and services downwards. Online shop-ping is increasing competition and ex-panding the reach of globalisation, while automation and robotisation are keeping production costs down.
The ECB, which only brought its quantitative easing to an end in December, took the recent downturn in the eurozone’s economic indicators very seriously. At its latest meeting, it announced that it had considerably revised down its growth forecasts…