Apr 26, 2018
Everyone is familiar to some extent with the way our moods can change. It is part of human life. Only when mood swings become unusually frequent and/or pronounced can they be considered pathological and therefore medically significant, making therapeutic measures necessary. In a bipolar affective disorder in the extreme form, the sufferer cycles between phases of deep depression and disproportionate euphoria. The same applies to the “emotional state” of the economy in general and the psychology of the financial markets in particular. What can investors learn from this?
Apr 26, 2018
Rising interest rates and partly restrained outlooks from various companies continued to weigh on stock markets in the middle of the week. Developments in the bond market, where the yield on trend-setting 10-year US government bonds had cracked the 3% mark for the first time since January 2014, were also reflected in the currency market: investors increasingly demanded US dollars to add on US debt instruments, driving the greenback to its highest level in three months.
Apr 24, 2018
Latest survey results from London-based research institute IHS-Markit showed that the private sector in the USA and the euro zone in April stabilized on a slightly lower level, still signaling a solid, albeit somewhat more moderate growth path compared to the recent records.
Apr 23, 2018
Stock markets suffered at the end of last week from profit taking and persistent geopolitical concerns. Tensions surrounding the trading conflict between the USA and China, as well as further company earnings are likely to remain in the spotlight.
Apr 20, 2018
While the stock markets are currently focusing on corporate balance sheets, geopolitical and trade tensions, as well as inflation fears on the backdrop of the surging oil price to a three-year high continue to create uncertainty on the trading floor.