The environment on the financial markets has become a bit bleaker. Growth rates of industrial output and the survey-based indicators for economic growth are falling, while the trade conflict between the USA and China and the tense geopolitical situation in the Middle East has caused the risk for global growth to increase further.
The economy continues to grow strongly and on a broad basis. At the same time, we can see that the momentum is faltering. The monetary policy has become noticeably more restrictive. Bank of Japan recently announced that it was internally pondering exit scenarios for its asset purchase programme. The ECB is expected to terminate its programme within the coming twelve months. Federal Reserve, Bank of England, and Bank of Canada will soon raise their interest rates further.
Author: Mikuláš Splítek, Fund Manager
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