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May 24, 2016

LGT Navigator: Better than expected German PMI

Equity markets experienced a difficult start into the week. Stocks in Asia and Europe were mainly posting losses yesterday and U.S. stocks fluctuated due to uncertainties surrounding the timing of the Fed’s next interest increase and the outlook for inflation.

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May 23, 2016

LGT Navigator: Cautious recovery

European and U.S. equity markets recovered moderately after signs from the U.S. Federal Reserve pointing to a possible rate hike already in June had deteriorated investors’ sentiment. The EuroStoxx 50 climbed about +1.0% on Friday. On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index was able to break away from a seven-week low amid friendly economic data and driven by technology shares.

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May 20, 2016

LGT Navigator: Equity markets depressed by rate hike fears

The possibility of a potential early further interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve (Fed) put pressure on European and American stock exchanges, while the U.S. dollar continued to gain ground. At the same time, The Conference Board’s monthly leading indicator – an index gathered from ten different leading economic data – rose +0.6% (consensus +0.4%) pointing to a stronger growth pace of the overall U.S. economy.

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May 18, 2016

LGT Beacon: Japan’s monetary policy is starting to work

Japan’s real interest rates began to rise last summer, underpinning the yen’s broad-based gains over the past year. More recently, global risk aversion and confusion about the Bank of Japan’s intentions have only further amplified yen strength. But that has yet little to do with a presumed failure of Japan’s recent monetary policy choices, which are actually beginning to grip.

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May 11, 2016

LGT Beacon: The nadir of the cyclical slowdown may be behind us

Last week’s weak US payroll data may have marked the low point in the global cyclical slowdown that began last sum-mer. Since then, warned by increased financial market volatility, the US has postponed monetary tightening, Europe and China have taken additional measures to support their economies, while Japan is almost certain to act as well if extreme yen strength persist.

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