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Gabriela Tinti am 07th July 2017

China makes A-shares accessible to the global market

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China has been increasingly opening up to the global market. Last year the Renminbi was taken into the currency basket of the International Monetary Fund in October 2016. Now, another step towards liberalisation has followed. China has cleared A-shares for international trade via trading platforms.

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Gerold Permoser am 04th July 2017

Germany: is the economy about to face a hot summer?

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The IFO business climate index calculated by the Munich-based IFO Institute is regarded as the most important German economic indicator. At 115.1, the value released for June last week was the highest since the launch in January 1991. It was also clearly above the value that had been expected by the financial analysts on average. The signs for substantial economic growth in Germany seem favourable.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 03rd July 2017

Alternative investment strategies: part 2

Christian Süttinger, Senior Fund Manager

Author: Christian Süttinger
Senior Fund Manager Multi Asset Management

After illustrating what alternative strategies are in part 1 of this series, how they work, and what benefits and disadvantages they come with, we would now like to discuss some of the most important representatives of this set of strategies. In the following strategies (also called hedge funds), the majority of the capital invested is allocated to alternative models.

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Gast-AutorIn / Guest Author am 30th June 2017

Quo vadis banking union? Italian banking crisis

Stefan Rößler, Fund manager Fixed Income Erste Asset Management

Author: Stefan Rößler
Fund manager Fixed Income

The real estate bubble started to burst in the USA roughly ten years ago, tossing the global economy into a severe recession mainly on the back of contagion effects in the financial sector.

In order to avoid a bad situation from getting worse, many financial institutes had to be bailed out by governments and thus ultimately by the taxpayers. One of the learning points of the financial crisis  is to prevent taxpayer-funded bank bail outs in the future.

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Gerold Permoser am 28th June 2017

After the interest rate hike is before the interest rate hike?

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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. And whether the central bank will be pursuing an expansive or restrictive policy. If I got these two wishes granted, I would even forego the third one. Or, as a good fund manager, I might engage in risk management and save up for bad times. Growth and monetary policy are of significant relevance to the return of almost all asset classes.

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Johann Griener am 27th June 2017

Financial know-how – this is how an equity fund works

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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.

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Gerhard Winzer am 23rd June 2017

Increase in inflation has come to an end for now

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Two developments are prominently noticeable on the markets at the moment: on the one hand, the indicators of real economic growth suggest a stable real economic growth rate of about 3%. On the other hand, we have seen global consumer price inflation decline since the beginning of the year. The reflation phase, i.e. the general increase in inflation in the second half of 2016, seems to be over (for now).

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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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Paul Severin am 19th June 2017

How microfinance funds can reduce child labour

By channelling their assets into microfinance funds, investors can contribute to reducing child labour. This is the opinion held by Martin Cech, Senior Fund Manager with Erste Asset Management.

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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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