Nov 21, 2017
LGT once again secures top results in the annual Handelsblatt Elite Report and Fuchsbriefe wealth management rankings. On Monday evening, both juries designated the private banking and asset management group as one of the best wealth managers in German-speaking countries. The Elite Report editorial team also selected it as the best private bank in Liechtenstein.
Dec 11, 2017
Equity markets responded positively to last Friday's stronger than expected US economic data. Shortly before the Federal Reserve's last monetary policy decision on Wednesday, the latest US labor market report affirmed the favorable outlook for the US economy. In November, 228,000 new jobs were created in the economy as a whole (consensus forecast +195,000), continuing the strong growth in employment (prior month +244,000). The separately calculated unemployment rate remained at a low level of 4.1% in November, which is de facto full employment. In view of the solid labor market situation and the economic upswing, the Fed will continue to raise interest rates.
Dec 7, 2017
The initial euphoria about the planned US tax reform seems to have disappeared for the time being. Investors are now increasingly concerned about the negative effects of financing and the possibility that the massive tax cuts could force the Fed to step up the pace of interest rate hikes provided for a sustained short-term consolidation phase in the stock markets. In addition, the US debt ceiling is coming back into focus after the budget dispute was temporarily postponed at the beginning of September thanks to the agreement on interim financing.
Nov 24, 2017
Protectionist tendencies right through to a trade war, exit movement after elections in Europe, geopolitical crises: a year ago, many economists were fearing a whole host of bad news and were anxiously braced for the worst. However, the global economy and the international financial markets in fact began 2017 in a markedly different tone to twelve months earlier, with no bangs and crashes whatsoever. Instead, the global economic and stock market concerto continued neatly in the same key in which it finished the previous year.