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Investment View Q3 2014

The third Quarter started amid geopolitical events which brought back volatility to global markets. The escalation of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia culminated in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines MH17 followed by sanctions announced by the United States and the European Union. Simultaneously, Israelis occupied the Gaza strip and the fighting between the…

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Investment View Q2 2014

The outperformance of fixed income instruments compared to equity investments in Q1 was a surprise and perhaps indicative of investor’s appetite in 2014. World bonds expressed in EUR returned +2.67%, easily outperforming World equities with a total return of +1.39%. The high and low of World bond returns was between 0 and +3.5%, while the…

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Investment View Q4 2013

Frau Merkel was elected as the new German Chancellor but her party did not get the majority. The likely outcome is a return to a Conservative/Socialist government. Although negotiations between the two parties have yet to be completed, we expect demands by the Socialists for a national minimum wage will come through. This will increase…

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Investment View Q3 2013

The current economic environment is complex for investors: high priced US stock markets, poor world economic growth, extremely low interest rates and the Fed tapering its Treasury bond buying program, currently US$ 85Bn per month. On top of this, we do not know who is going to replace Ben Bernanke, the current Fed Chairman. Mr…

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Investment View Q2 2013

Global bond markets were flat for the quarter, with the exception of higher risk assets such as high yield bonds and emerging market bonds. Eurozone peripheral government bonds saw their interest rates go down more than expected, outperforming risk-off assets such as Bunds. It was mostly US stocks that performed well during the quarter on…

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Investment View Q1 2013

The year 2012 can probably be best described by a quote from Charles Dickens’ novel a “Tale of Two Cities”: “It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.” Investors entered last year full of concerns over the European Souvereign debt crisis, slowing growth in China, and issues regarding the fiscal…

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Investment View Q4 2012

The 3rd Quarter erased 2nd Quarter’s losses setting the stage for a pretty good year for equity and high yield fixed income investments. Investors nevertheless feel uncomfortable with the markets as most economic data still look bleak and investors are nervous about dependency on liquidity from Central Banks. Holding conservative income oriented investments in AAA…

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Investment View Q3 2012

After five years we still do not see sustainable recovery. The size of the debt problem and the subsequent downsizing and deleveraging has been totally underestimated. If we do not really know how big the problem is, how can we gauge a horizon of recovery? Sir Mervyn A. King, the governor of the BoE, has…

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Investment View Q2 2012

With better breadth in US economic momentum, the western Central Banks acting as “lenders of last resort” and no hard landing in China, we believe the investment environment today looks less gloomy than in the middle of last year. But risks are still high and assets need to be allocated prudently. After a strong rally…

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Investment View Q1 2012

We have never seen so many euro summits as in 2011. Policy makers were caught by financial markets when interest rates of Italy were pushed to 7%, considered unsustainable levels. The “angst” for the contagion risk from Greece to Italy and Spain and the break-up of the euro became reality.  Despite a number of efforts,…