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Croatia hits fever pitch
Croatia hits fever pitch

Croatia hits fever pitch

No, this is not an article on football, and any football reference is purely coincidental. This is an article on the football nation whose economy is (finally) showing positive trends and has (finally) been awarded a one-notch rating upgrade by two rating agencies, S&P and Fitch, this year. Only one notch away from the much-desired investment grade rating, the Croatian economy remains on sound footing before tackling its last challenge.

YIELD RADAR: May 2018
YIELD RADAR: May 2018

YIELD RADAR: May 2018

The acceleration phase of global economic growth is over. The global real GDP softened in the first quarter and indicators point to a stabilisation in the second quarter. A downturn phase
is not in sight. Inflation remains tamed in the developed economies. However, tax cuts and increased fiscal spendings tend to be inflationary. This is especially true for the USA where full
employment is reached.

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Rising interest rates in the USA
Rising interest rates in the USA
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Rising interest rates in the USA

The sentiment of the financial market participants has deteriorated in the past months, with the losses across numerous asset classes in the year to date seemingly the driving factor. Now we have to ask ourselves: are we at the outset of a new trend, or is this just a case of increased volatility? The general decline in prices has gone in conspicuous tandem with the increase in three important financial market ratios:

Croatia hits fever pitch
Croatia hits fever pitch

Croatia hits fever pitch

No, this is not an article on football, and any football reference is purely coincidental. This is an article on the football nation whose economy is (finally) showing positive trends and has (finally) been awarded a one-notch rating upgrade by two rating agencies, S&P and Fitch, this year. Only one notch away from the much-desired investment grade rating, the Croatian economy remains on sound footing before tackling its last challenge.

YIELD RADAR: May 2018
YIELD RADAR: May 2018

YIELD RADAR: May 2018

The acceleration phase of global economic growth is over. The global real GDP softened in the first quarter and indicators point to a stabilisation in the second quarter. A downturn phase
is not in sight. Inflation remains tamed in the developed economies. However, tax cuts and increased fiscal spendings tend to be inflationary. This is especially true for the USA where full
employment is reached.

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Rising interest rates in the USA
Rising interest rates in the USA
(c) iStock

Rising interest rates in the USA

The sentiment of the financial market participants has deteriorated in the past months, with the losses across numerous asset classes in the year to date seemingly the driving factor. Now we have to ask ourselves: are we at the outset of a new trend, or is this just a case of increased volatility? The general decline in prices has gone in conspicuous tandem with the increase in three important financial market ratios: