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Style management in practice: part 1
Style management in practice: part 1
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Style management in practice: part 1

A clear sense of style is not only important in fashion, but more and more so in equity management as well. But what does “style” mean in equity management? Do stylistic preferences change over time, like in fashion? If so, what triggers those changes? Questions upon questions, but before we go into detail in part 2 of this series, let us first clarify what we mean by style(s).

Curves (part 6) – provider of yields
Curves (part 6) – provider of yields
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Curves (part 6) – provider of yields

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.

Curves (part 5) – the offensive decides the match
Curves (part 5) – the offensive decides the match

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.

Curves (part 3) – peaks and troughs
Curves (part 3) – peaks and troughs
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Curves (part 3) – peaks and troughs

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”.

“Black Monday” at the stock exchanges: Why?
“Black Monday” at the stock exchanges: Why?
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“Black Monday” at the stock exchanges: Why?

Market correction Equities, bonds affected by default risk, commodities, and emerging markets currencies are currently subject to corrections, which, noticeably, have now gone beyond the purview of emerging markets: while the emerging markets equity index declined by almost 6% (Performance-Data Source: Bloomberg, MSCI) last week, the index for developed markets lost 5.3% (Performance-Data Source: Bloomberg, […]

Is the Eurozone facing a turnaround in interest rates?
Is the Eurozone facing a turnaround in interest rates?
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Is the Eurozone facing a turnaround in interest rates?

Eurozone government bonds have ensured very good performance returns in the past years. The asset class has benefited from the zero interest rate policy and the very expansive monetary policy of the European Central Bank. In recent weeks the prices of bonds from Eurozone countries have gone through a correction, above all German government bonds. […]

Corporate bonds with short maturities
Corporate bonds with short maturities
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Corporate bonds with short maturities

Bond investors are faced with a difficult environment. Do corporate bonds offer the chance of a halfway decent yield? Stampfl: The statement that bond investors are faced with a difficult environment is actually an erroneous one. A balanced portfolio consisting of bonds from the peripheral countries and the core countries across all sectors would have […]