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Johann Griener am 18th May 2017

Curves (part 6) – provider of yields

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Have you ever been to a Californian beach? If you have, you may have noticed the hoards of “searching”, elderly people. They would usually be holding a metal rod that beeps, looking for valuables that no-one else has found. And sometimes somebody finds a lost golden watch on the beach. But most of the time the things that turn up are only worthless beer caps.

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Paul Severin am 12th May 2017

What investors can learn from Maria Theresia and the Vienna stock exchange

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Austria celebrates the 300th birthday of Maria Theresa. She was born on 13 May 1717 in Vienna. It was her who founded the Vienna stock exchange in 1771 on the basis of an imperial patent (see image), after an earlier, failed attempt in 1761. Even though a lot has changed politically, economically, and technically since then, the eventful history of the Vienna stock exchange is still very instructive for every investor.

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Johann Griener am 10th May 2017

Curves (part 5) – the offensive decides the match

Football has two strategies. Some prefer focusing on the defensive so as not to concede a goal – i.e. they try to maintain the status quo. Other teams favour the offensive and actively engage in a fight for victory – i.e. they take risks. The strategies on the bond markets are similar. Credit-safe government bonds are preferably used to protect one’s wealth, whereas risky corporate bonds are chosen to produce surplus gains.

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Johann Griener am 05th May 2017

Curves (part 4) – the premium, or spread, is the clincher

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The interest rates, or coupons, that bonds pay differ due to a variety of parameters. If bond A pays a higher interest rate than bond B, this premium is referred to as spread.

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Johann Griener am 28th April 2017

Curves (part 3) – peaks and troughs

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Investing for the long or the short term? This is the question bond investors ask. In this blog, we will have a look at German government bonds with a remaining time to maturity of two years (2Y; short) and ten years (10Y; long). More specifically, we are interested in the yield differential between the long- and the short-term interest rates. The technical term here is the “slope of the yield curve”.

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Johann Griener am 21st April 2017

Curves (part 2) – land of unlimited possibilities

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USA, the land of unlimited possibilities, the Grand Canyon, and the Big Mac. Here, everything is bigger, better, and higher. But is this also true for interest rates?

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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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Johann Griener am 18th April 2017

Curves (part 1) – not only a topic for race drivers

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Have you ever been to the Monte Carlo F! Grand Prix? If so, you may have witnessed the problem of turning into a curve too late. The race car hits the crasher barrier faster than the driver can react, and a lot of money has to be thrown at the repair job.

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Paul Severin am 14th April 2017

Diversification – why you should not put all your eggs into one basket for Easter!

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“Don’t put all your eggs into one basket” – who has not heard this old stock market adage. With Easter approaching, we are having a closer look at the background of this saying.

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Gerhard Winzer am 23rd April 2015

China – the biggest economy in the world

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The new normal

The importance of China for the global economic and financial system continues to grow at a rapid pace. Last year the country set a new milestone by becoming the world’s biggest economy. The total value of goods and services produced in a year exceeds that of the United States. Thus, at 30% China accounts for the largest contribution to global economic growth.

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