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The ECB: From Crisis Fighter to Liquidity Maestro?

Research Paper, Fixed Income, Pierre Boyer
The European Central Bank (ECB) has undergone a significant transformation, evolving from a passive observer to a proactive guardian of financial stability in the eurozone. As the ECB normalises its monetary policy after a period of unconventional measures, a key challenge has emerged: managing excess liquidity. This paper explores the ECB's evolving role in addressing this challenge.
  • Once upon a time, mankind invented PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).
    Bastien Dublanc, Astrid Pierard, Jessica Carlier, ESG, SRI, Equities, Research Paper, Water

    PFAS: Genius gone wrong

    PFAS have been widely used for decades due to their unique properties in various domestic and industrial applications. They are resistant to water and virtually indestructible. They are also seen as the poison of the century. Where do we stand in terms of regulation? What are the PFAS-related risks? Where are the opportunities?
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Election uncertainties overshadow improving fundamentals

2024 was already a key election year, with more than half of the world’s population going to the polls. French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to dissolve his own legislature in response to the European Parliament elections added to the list.
Asset Allocation, Nadège Dufossé

Towards a new gold rush?

The price of gold has risen by over 17% since the beginning of the year, making it one of the best-performing assets this year. After hovering between US$1,800 and US$2,000 in 2023, the price of gold surged in March and April 2024, rapidly reaching US$2,400.
Asset Allocation

Broadening

Markets got over the near-term consolidation, as both bottom-up and top-down elements were helpful: from a micro level, the Q1 earnings season was supportive on both sides of the Atlantic, following a stronger-than-expected global economy at the start of the year.
Asset Allocation

Green shoots this Spring

In our opinion, it is time to add cyclicity to the portfolio to benefit from an improving environment.
Asset Allocation, Macro, Equities, Fixed Income, Nicolas Forest, Nadège Dufossé, Emile Gagna

Update on Middle East Tensions

On April 13, Iran decided to strike Israel with 300 drones and missiles following an attack on its diplomatic compound in Syria. Regional escalation and oil price are at risk. This tail risk cannot be ignored. We are closely monitoring the unfolding situation.
Asset Allocation, Equities, Nadège Dufossé, Thibaut Dorlet

Japan : Make or break

Japanese equities have enjoyed a positive run since the start of the year (+20.8% performance to 27 Mar 2024 ), with the Nikkei recently hitting all-time highs, surpassing the peak of the 1989 bubble .
Asset Allocation

March-ing on

The transatlantic debate on central banks’ monetary policy has evolved to being just a question of timing and magnitude as the odds remain undoubtedly in favour of a soft landing.
Asset Allocation, Nadège Dufossé

Anatomy of a US Bull market

The US market rally since October is exceptional compared to historical observations. Only once in the last 50 years, in 1989, has the S&P 500 Index risen in 15 of the last 17 weeks.

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