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20/10/2017
Author: NN Investment Partners     The fundamental and behavioural picture continues to support risky assets, even as policy and political risks rear their heads in many parts of the world. The environment for risky assets is supportive. The macro data are strong and surprise positively whereas due to the absence of inflation, central bankers have the luxury to adopt a...

12/10/2017
Author: NN Investment Partners     In the past few weeks, emerging market (EM) assets had to digest a market re-pricing of Fed rate hike expectations as well as some weaker Chinese data. Both EM equities and debt held up pretty well, as longer-term Fed expectations remain benign. But maybe even more important is that domestic demand growth is improving in emerging markets and...

28/09/2017
Author: NN Investment Partners     Angela Merkel’s CDU has won the German election. Yet, the Social Democrats lost and do not want to form a new coalition with the CDU. Merkel now faces tough coalition negotiations, likely with the liberal FDP and the Greens which differ substantially on many policy issues, amongst others on European integration. In markets, an...

20/09/2017
Author: NN Investment Partners   The US government’s ineffectiveness and North Korea’s geopolitical threats may be making markets risk-averse. In contrast, downside political risk in Europe has declined this year.   Equity markets continue to benefit from positive flows of macroeconomic data, monetary policies that are still accommodative  and a fairly sunny outlook for...

15/09/2017
Author: NN Investment Partners   Severe hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean serve to remind investors of the risks counterbalancing favourable market fundamentals.   The growing importance of US production in the global energy mix has also boosted the significance of output disruptions in regions like the Gulf of Mexico, where the storm season is now getting...

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