Imagine a fairy that grants you three wishes. What would you wish for? The answer would be very easy for me. I would just like to know if the economy is caught up in a recession of has embarked on an expansionary phase a year from now...
Shares (equities) and equity funds – the same or not?
Only a small minority of Austrians invest directly or indirectly (via equity funds) in shares. Is it the fear of losses or the lack of knowledge about this asset class that make investors shy away from it? In this blog entry, I would like to give you an overview of the features of shares and equity funds.
As expected by market participants, the US-Fed – Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has increased the base rate on 14. June by 25 Basis points to the new band width of 1.00% to 1.25%. Furthermore the FOMC announced measures to reduce the balance sheet over time. The European Central Bank (ECB) left the base rate and the quantitative easing measures unchanged. For the Eurozone the ECB now expects core inflation rate for 2017 of 1.5%, down from 1.7%. Markets already price in lower inflation rates.
Author: Christian Süttinger Senior Fund Manager Multi Asset Management
In the USA, gradually rising interest rates have already become reality. In Europe and in another large economic area, i.e. Japan, the subdued economic development has prevented interest rates from increasing to date. The European Central Bank manages interest rates in such a way as to support the economic upswing and the cohesion of the Eurozone.
The global economy is growing moderately, inflation is low, and the monetary policy is loose. This environment supports many asset classes from bonds to equities. The political uncertainty has been absorbed rather well so far too. Will this situation last?
We have talked to the ESG analyst team of Erste AM about Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord in a roundtable discussion: Dominik Benedikt, Alexander Osojnik, Stefanie Schock, and Walter Hatak.
Author: Dieter Kerschbaum, Communications Specialist Austria
On 31 May the Vienna Stock Exchange Award will be celebrated and awarded to the winner. The day is dedicated to the financial centre of Austria, and the award is accompanied by numerous other events that are geared towards drawing investors’ attention to the domestic stock exchange. Erste Asset Management is one of the biggest investors at the Vienna stock exchange. In the past five years, the Vienna stock exchange has seen a clear upward trend. We spoke about the reasons for the steep upswing, possible risks, and the future perspective with Bernhard Ruttenstorfer, manager of the equity fund ESPA STOCK VIENNA:
Last Thursday, incriminating video and audio tapes emerged that linked current President Michel Temer to bribery. The accusations have thrown Brazil into a deep political crisis, and the capital markets have lost massively.
Markus Jandrisevits has been the manager of our global flagship equity fund ESPA BEST OF WORLD since 28 February 2002. The performance to date is impressive on an international scale. I asked Markus what was special about his investment approach and how he has positioned himself in the current stock market phase of high political risks.