June 22, 2022

Montreal Carbon Pledge – Candriam discloses its carbon footprint

Candriam’s evaluation of its portfolios’ carbon footprint takes into account scopes 1 and 2 of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the different private issuers included in the SRI funds and their benchmark indices.

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June 16, 2022

Prepare for landing

The multiple shocks experienced so far in 2022 have led to a rare simultaneous decline in equity and bond values. As uncomfortably high inflation leads major central banks to tighten monetary policies, investors are preparing for the landing of the global economy.

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June 16, 2022

Geopolitical tensions continue to weigh on investor sentiment

The performance of financial markets improved in May, with US markets posting a positive performance for the first time this year.

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June 16, 2022

Drawing a line in the sand

Markets remain nervous, as investors perceive the Fed as being behind the curve in taking control over inflation.

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June 16, 2022

EQUITIES: Global markets stabilised somewhat in May

Global equity markets stabilised somewhat in May after the significant correction since the beginning of the year.

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June 7, 2022

ECB Hike

The time was July 2011. Despite the eurozone debt crisis, Jean-Claude Trichet raised the ECB’s key rate to 1.50%. He needed to combat inflation, which was dangerously close to... 2.50%. We all know what followed, traumatising many a bond investor facing deflation in Europe and the debt crisis in the weaker European nations.

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May 24, 2022

Interest rates go up: a threat or an opportunity for Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) strategies?

After several decades of riding a government bonds bull market, investors are now looking for alternative drivers of return.

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May 17, 2022

Tightening into the slowdown

The reasons for a prudent allocation have not changed in recent weeks.

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May 16, 2022

High volatility

The performance of the fixed income asset class was impacted by geopolitics, the rise in inflation and the generally hawkish stance of central banks.

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COFFEE BREAK YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF MARKET NEWS

20 June 2022

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Investors will watch the releases of home sales and preliminary PMI surveys figures in the US, following last week's stream of soft data in retail sales, the Philadelphia Fed survey, housing starts and building permits. All these milestones will be key to assess the spreading of the slowdown to other parts of the economy.
  • On this side of the Atlantic, Business confidence indicators for France, Belgium and Germany will be released. In addition to flash PMIs for June, they will reveal important insight on the economic momentum at the end of Q2.
  • Several central banks will meet and undoubtedly highlight the difficult tasks they are facing. Norway's Norges Bank, which was early to kick off the rate-hiking cycle last year, is expected to increase its rate again. In Turkey, the central bank must cool inflation in the 70%’s range and stabilise a sliding currency whereas in Mexico, Banxico is expected to follow the Fed and hike its benchmark rate by 75bps.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify before Congress to give his regular, semi-annual update, on monetary policy. A timely meeting following last week’s unusual 75bp rate hike.
  • On the geopolitical front, an EU council meeting, which, will include Ukraine’s path to EU membership will be on the agenda. This will kick off a 2-week series of Western leaders' summits, including the G7 in Germany and the NATO Summit in Spain. Tensions with Russia are unlikely to cool down soon.
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