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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 20th June 2017

A niche product with solid returns: hybrid and subordinated bonds with investment grade rating

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Author: Christin Bahr, Product Management Securities Erste Group

It has been half a year since the launch of the new hybrid bond fund. Reason enough for us to talk to Roman Swaton, Senior Fundmanager.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th June 2017

Alternative investment strategies: part 1

Christian Süttinger, Senior Fund Manager

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.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 31st May 2017

The “rediscovery” of the Vienna stock exchange

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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:

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 17th May 2017

Afterthoughts on the Turkish referendum

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Author: Sevda Sarp
Research Analyst

After the ballots were counted on 16 April 2017, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that “Yes” had won by securing 51.4% of the votes, which was later also confirmed by the Electoral Commission. Serious concerns were raised by the OSCE. It is also important to note that the referendum took place during a “state of emergency”. That is to say, in a highly repressive climate in which the President and the government controlled the media, jailed critical journalists and leaders of pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition, and arbitrarily detained and prosecuted the President’s opponents. The result of the referendum has paved the way for the most controversial changes that Turkey has faced in its history.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 11th May 2017

My impressions from IMF meeting in Washington: Emerging markets “alive and kicking”

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Felix Dornaus, Senior Fund Manager Emerging Markets Bonds

Author: Felix Dornaus
Senior Fund Manager

 

The spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund was held in Washington from 20th to 23rd April. This event was the reason for an investor conference that I attended in order to get an idea of the status quo of the global economy as well as of risks and opportunities.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 19th April 2017

France votes on 23 April: what is the current position of Marine Le Pen?

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Author: Stephanie Clam Martinic
Senior Fund Manager Multi Asset Management

Marine Le Pen has been losing in the polls, a fact probably due to the improved economic environment in France.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 12th April 2017

What the Turkish referendum means for the capital markets

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Amalia RipflAuthor: Amalia Ripfl
Senior Fund Manager

A “Yes” to Erdogan’s planned constitutional amendment in Turkey would constitute a double-edged sword for investors: the planned presidential system could mean a short-term relief for the markets and for the economy. However, in the long run, this scenario harbours big risks. That being said, a “No” would not help investors either.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 06th April 2017

Czech National Bank removes currency floor

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Author: Anton Hauser
Senior Fundmanager Emerging Market Bonds

 

Three and a half years after introduction, the Czech National Bank decided today to remove its 27 CZK/EUR currency floor. Many investors were expecting this decision. Indeed, this trade is currently one of the most popular ones among investors. As expected, the Czech koruna appreciated slightly against the Euro. In the short term the currency will remain volatile, as a lot of speculative money is involved. In the long run I expect that the Czech koruna will continue to appreciate given the strong fundamentals of the Czech economy.
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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 28th March 2017

Megatrends in the IT sector

Author: Bernhard Ruttenstorfer
Senior Fundmanager Equities

At this year’s IT trade fair CEBIT, the focus was on robots that support humans in their daily routine; on drones that can be used for difficult jobs in the field such as oil rigs; driverless electro busses that are steered by sensors and accelerate and stop autonomously; and various other technological innovations that are no fiction but have in fact already entered our daily lives. Of what relevance are they for the economy, for companies, for consumers – and for investors?

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 17th March 2017

What effect does the French election have on the bond markets?

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Author: Stephanie Clam Martinic
Senior Fund Manager Multi Asset Management

In 2016, election results surprised us twice: both the Yes vote for Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in the USA were unexpected, but did happen. This prompts the question of whether the European Union (EU) is in peril because of the French elections in April.
Will Marine Le Pen win the presidential election in France and then lead the country – one of the original founders of the European Union – out of said union?

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