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Chinese economy kicks off year with solid growth

The Chinese economy grew faster than economists had expected in the first quarter of the year, but the economic expansion wasn’t enough to keep markets in positive territory early in the week. Asian stocks continued to slide on Tuesday following losses on US equity markets on Monday, as the...

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Market shifts: the potential slowdown of gold's rally amidst Middle East de-escalation

In our previous analysis from November 2023 titled "Beyond the Middle East conflict: gold shines in times of crisis" we highlighted a dark moment for the Middle East and suggested that it was an opportune time to invest in gold. And indeed it was. Since then, however, the dynamics have changed.
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Middle East, weak earnings reports pressure stock markets

A cocktail of geopolitical developments, concerns about sticky inflation in the US and a poor start to the first-quarter earnings season were putting pressure on equity markets to start the week. Stocks spiralled downward at the end of last week after bank earnings in the US failed to convince...
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ECB keeps rates steady, signals cut to come

The European Central Bank (ECB) kept interest rates unchanged at record highs but made it clear that an interest rate cut could be imminent in the language of its statement on Thursday. The euro fell versus the dollar after the announcement and European stocks finished the day lower. US equity...


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Beyond the horizon: a five-year capital markets outlook

Even investors with long-term goals can focus too closely on the present and miss opportunities that only develop over time. While it's particularly hard to predict the future in times like these, we can identify investment themes like sustainability and technological innovation that will drive...

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The revolution taking place at the office

Is New Work a passing fad, or a trend that will shape how companies operate in the future?
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New work models and the flexitariat: here to stay?

Flexible work models that allow employees to have a say in how they work may be the way of the future. And according to recent studies, they can also have financial benefits for companies.
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Commodity trading

Before the development of today's global transportation networks, only the most expensive commodities were traded in bulk. Now commodities trading covers a wealth of goods from wheat and gold to oil and gas.

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