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Macrobites

The yuan and only

The significance of the IMF’s decision on including the RMB in the SDR is in the detail. The headline should not be a surprise to anyone, but the reshuffle of the SDR weights is quite telling.

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Portfolio Thinking

Don’t sweat the small stuff

This summer saw “Cheerleader” become Billboard's top hit, the return of the jumpsuit for women and ‘monochrome’ outfits for men. Unfortunately most fund managers haven't been able to enjoy these trends as August stocks saw their worst performance since 2011, it was pretty much all hands on desk.

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Macrobites

Are there sharks in the water?

Some of the readers of Macro Matters have asked me whether I had perhaps written the last one, “The good and bad of low growth”, from a remote island during one of my shark diving trips, completely separated from markets, as I didn’t explicitly comment on all major events and headlines.

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Economics

An unexpected peak behind the curtain

The US Federal Reserve remains a secretive organisation. For good reason, they are highly guarded about potentially market sensitive information. However, in a recent embarrassing leak, they accidentally posted its staff forecasts from the June Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) on the internet.

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Strategy

The bubble implodes

At the time of writing (9 July) the Shanghai Composite lost 33% from its 12 June high, half of stocks trading has been suspended and attempts to stem the tide of selling have so far made little difference...

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Portfolio Thinking

Double Dutch?

Today the central bank in the Netherlands, which is also the pensions regulator, announced a change to the method of discounting used by pensions funds across the country.

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Macrobites

Easier credit – better growth?

It has been a long slog, but the banks finally appear in a stronger position to resume lending! One of the most important inputs into our global lead indicator model is bank lending conditions - does that mean we can expect better growth?

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