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Market Insights – April 19, 2021

The technical outlook remains positive for copper which, after testing its 50-day moving average, headed back upwards. This trend is underpinned by bullish commentary from brokers, who recognise the key role that copper will play in the transition to a green economy…

Market Insights – April 12, 2021

Germany and France recorded an unexpected contraction in industrial output in February. This can be attributed to the two countries’ lockdowns, which have weighed on economic activity. But business confidence and order books have now improved, so manufacturing output should soon return to growth…

Market Insights – April 6, 2021

Growth in China’s services sector picked up in March. The services PMI came in at 54.3, up from a ten-month low of 51.5 in February. The manufacturing PMI, however, was down slightly over the same period…

Market Insights – March 22, 2021

The vaccination campaign is pressing ahead rapidly in the United States. A quarter of the population has already received at least one of the two doses needed. And that figure goes up to 70% among the over 65s. We think this makes another big wave of infections there unlikely, meaning that the US economy should fully open up again very soon…

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Market Insights – March 15, 2021

US consumer confidence bounced back in February. The vaccination campaign is moving forward at an impressive pace and households will receive further stimulus support in March – both factors that drove up the confidence index figures published last week. This suggests that consumers will go on a major spending spree as the US economy reopens…

Market Insights – December 14, 2020

Alternative funds were able to fully tap into November’s market rally. They are continuing on the uptrend that began in April and will record a solid rise over the year…

Market Insights – December 7, 2020

After some hesitation, OPEC agreed to increase output slightly in Janu-ary, undoing some of the decisions it made back in the spring. This change of course was welcomed by the markets, which can now focus on the expected increase in demand as the global economy returns to growth…

Market Insights – November 30, 2020

In November, additional COVID-19 restrictions were brought in across most of Europe, causing economic newsflow to deteriorate. Markets weren’t rattled by this, however, and have instead remained focused on the recent drop in infection rates and the prospect of an effective vaccine…

Market Insights – November 23, 2020

On Monday, stock market indexes in South Korea, Taiwan and India all reached new record highs. And only its 1991 high stood between Japan’s Topix index and that same feat. These solid performances are anoth-er sign that Asia’s economies are returning to normal after turning the corner on the pandemic…