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Market Insights – July 9th

The US indicators released last week all suggest that economic growth is picking up, but stocks in defensive sectors – such as health care, consumer spending and public services – are the ones riding high. Could this be a sign that investors are getting early summer jitters?

Market Insights – June, 18th 2018

Germany’s right wing is embroiled in infighting over immigration. That’s not good news for Angela Merkel, who is starting her fourth term in a much weaker position…

Market Insights – 11 June 2018

Apple has allegedly warned its suppliers to produce 20% fewer components as iPhone sales drop off. In the past, such rumours have often proved to be unfounded, but they nevertheless weigh on the share prices of semi-conductor manufacturers around the world.

Market Insights – May 5th, 2018

The risk of a trade war has intensified, as the US administration has followed through on its threats and imposed tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on aluminium imports. It has also said it is considering slapping tariffs on imports of cars. Any aggressive retaliatory measures…

Market Insights – May 28th, 2018

The financial markets – and particularly those in Europe – reacted strongly to the political uncertainties in Italy and Spain, which won’t be resolved overnight. In the meantime, Spain’s economy is doing much better than Italy’s, and this should soon be factored in by the markets.

Market Insights – May 14th, 2018

There was a surprise rebound in industrial output in Germany, Italy and Spain in March. This should help to revive eurozone output after a lacklustre start to the year.

Market Insights – May 7th, 2018

The US dollar continues to gain ground. The diverging trend between US and eurozone economic data, together with ever widening yield spreads in favour of the dollar, is most likely behind the greenback’s sharp rally.

Market Insights – April 30th

A sense of optimism has been in the air since the meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea. The previously glacial relations between the two countries seem to be thawing. The big question now is whether their words can be turned into deeds.

Market Insights – April 16th, 2018

Fears of an upswing in inflation are slow-ly fading in the USA. They had been trig-gered by January retail price and wage figures…

Market Insights – April 9th, 2018

The latest economic newsflow from Germany has been disappointing, especially industrial output and new orders. Although these indicators are still very high, they suggest…