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The progressive winding-down of accommodative monetary policies provides an opportunity for absolute performance strategies
Candriam’s 2017 ESG Country Report meets the growing demand for an investment approach which takes account of environmental or social ‘externalities’ until recently considered ‘immaterial’.
The latest BoE comments have shifted market perceptions towards an imminent rate hike.
October 16, 2017
Over the past week, investors continued to follow the escalating tensions between the Spanish central government and Catalonia.
In the US, the preliminary Michigan consumer sentiment index surged to a 13-year high of 101.1 in October, from 95.1 in September and beat the consensus estimate of 95.
European stocks ended the week just above positive territory.
Global bond markets experienced some volatility following the events in Catalonia.
Weekly Market Overview
September 28, 2017
During August, the markets went into risk-averse mode following military tensions with North Korea.
The outlook for the world economy appears solidly anchored above 3% growth for this year and next, while inflationary pressures remain subdued.
September 25, 2017
The non-core European bond markets continue to be supported by the ECB, and flow dynamics are also positive.
The slowing debt cycle, tighter credit spreads and reduced central bank support had already enticed us to take a rather cautious and neutral view on the corporate bond universe.
With the dollar – marred by weak data coming out of the US and the Federal Reserve’s cautious approach – continuing to weaken, the Euro appears to be the currency of choice for foreign investors.
Geopolitical tensions in Korea are a matter of concern, but, more positively, our global positioning remains unchanged. We have, of course, to err on the side of caution, downgraded Korea to ‘neutral’ in our Emerging Market allocation.
External risks to EM have declined consistently since the beginning of the year as DM political uncertainty has subsided, with European elections producing market-friendly outcomes and US policies so far not focusing on extreme trade protectionism.
September 14, 2017
On 29th June 2017, global unions and companies agreed to extend the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh by an additional three years as of May 2018. Candriam Investors Group congratulated them on the part they played in the signing of this new Accord and calls upon them to continue their efforts with interested parties.
September 12, 2017
The general elections in Germany on September 24th should not materially alter the outlook for the continent as the most probable outcome is keeping on the current course.
Global Head of Economic Research
Head of Fundamental Europe Equity Management
Global Head of Responsible Development
Head of Emerging Equity Management
Deputy Head of Fundamental Equity Management
Koen Van de Maele
Global Head of Investment Engineering
Head of Asset Allocation
Global Head of Fixed Income Management
Deputy Head of High Yield & Credit Arbitrage management
Head of High Yield & Credit Arbitrage management
Rudi Van den Eynde
Head of Thematic Global Equity
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