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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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Strategy

Heightened risks see us move to a more cautious position

Having been neutral equities since early May, we cut back to a tactical underweight last week. The rationale for that risk reduction was essentially two-fold: material short-term from both the Federal Reserve and Greece. The position has not changed, but there has been news on both front...

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Portfolio Thinking

Want to win? Always bet on the house

Diversification is nothing new and many have embraced it as a way of reducing risk. But how do you avoid the bitter aftertaste that comes with missing out on the chance of higher returns?

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Strategy

Top 5 highlights from my trip to China

Having spent a week in China rubbing shoulders with PM’s, brokers, policy makers and anyone else I could get a meeting with, I found myself surprised by how imminent some risks in China were. In light of this, here are my top 5 things to keep an eye on in the coming months

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