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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 05th September 2017

US debt ceiling keeping the financial markets on their toes

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Author: Felix Dornaus, Senior Fundmanager

The Trump administration should be keeping the financial markets on their toes in the coming weeks. Yet again, the issue is the government debt which will soon reach its statutory maximum.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 04th September 2017

Tailwind for biotechnology companies

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Author: Harald Kober, Senior Fundmanager

“Breather” coming to an end

Biotechnology shares have been among the top performers in the past ten years. After the above-average performance from 2010 to the beginning of 2015, hedge funds set off a consolidation that is now coming to an end. The NASDAQ biotechnology index, the most important barometer for biotech shares, has gained 25% in the year to date (source: Reuters Datastream, as of 31 August 2017). Read more

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Peter Szopo am 30th August 2017

Global stock markets: Break, correction or worse?

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The seemingly unrelenting climb of US equities has stopped in August. Market volatility spiked, the decline of the US dollar ended, bond spreads widened, and macro risk-indicators surged. While there has been no major correction (yet), the fresh breeze of optimism that characterized equity markets in the first half of the year gave space to the somewhat stale atmosphere that typically takes over when the majority of investors switch into risk-off mode.

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Gerhard Winzer am 25th August 2017

Growth picking up in the emerging economies

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Economic growth has increased significantly on a global scale and is broadly supported. According to our preliminary estimate, global GDP recorded a growth rate of 3.7% from Q1 to Q2 (annualised). While the developed economies have presumably grown by 2.7%, the emerging economies posted a growth rate of 5.2%. In this article, we would like to take a closer look at the emerging markets on the basis of classic economic indicators.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 16th August 2017

German car (emission) cartel excluded from responsible investment universe

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Author: Walter Hatak, Research Analyst

 

Did VW, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, and BMW collude to form a cartel? Did they deliberately try to suspend competition? The media seem to have discovered a violation of anti-trust law, and their research suggests a link between the diesel emissions scandal and the agreements reached in joint task groups.

 

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Gerhard Winzer am 10th August 2017

Solid Growth

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Some ten years after the outbreak of the Great Recession, global economic growth is positive and broadly based, inflation is low in the developed economies and falling in important emerging economies, and monetary policies are very supportive, cautious, and predictable. At the same time, company earnings growth has increased significantly, and the volatilities of many asset prices are low. This environment is generally positive for risky asset classes.

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Gerold Permoser am 01st August 2017

Quo Vadis, Federal Reserve? – Part 3

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Making sense of it all

I will be upfront about it: to me, the Taylor rule is still a helpful tool to assess the future monetary policy of the US central bank. However, it should not be used as blueprint without thinking it through. Instead, it should be seen as heuristic tool that helps structure one’s analysis.

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Gerold Permoser am 27th July 2017

Quo Vadis, Federal Reserve? – Part 2

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Taylor Rule – precise formula, vague Inputs

Since 2008, the key-lending rates in the USA seem to have been significantly too low as measured by the Taylor rule. With some economists blaming Alan Greenspan’s loose monetary policy as partially responsible for the financial crisis of 2008, the question is whether we are in for a déjà-vu.

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Harald Egger am 26th July 2017

Style management in practice: part 2

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Having defined and explained various management styles in equity management in part 1, we will now have a look at the specific styles and their return/risk ratio over time.

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Gerold Permoser am 24th July 2017

Quo Vadis, Federal Reserve? – Part 1

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The US central bank has embarked on a cycle of interest rate hikes. The question is: by how much will the interest rates increase still, and at what point will it reach a level detrimental to the economy, where equities should be regrouped into asset classes less sensitive to the economic cycle?

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