Lars Kreckel

Global Equity Strategist

Lars is not your average German: he owns the house he lives in, has two children and drives Japanese cars (one electric). Maybe that’s also why he covers equities rather than bonds?

Posts by Lars Kreckel

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Driving into uncertainty

A few weeks ago Emiel showed us a photo of his Panther Kalista classic car. Not to be outdone, I’m including a photo of my car, a Nissan Leaf. It may have less character, but if the Panther is a reminder of car history, the Leaf could provide a glimpse of the car future.

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Show me the money

One thing is for sure, the US economy is closer to full employment than it was a year ago. More difficult to say is whether it is at full employment. So far we’re still lacking much evidence that US wage growth is picking up steam. However, much like a tube of toothpaste being squeezed a little too hard, wage growth can suddenly accelerate when labour markets are tight. So from an equity investor’s perspective it’s better to think about the potential impact of rising wages on profits before it actually happens.

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Everything you need to know about: Q2 earnings

The Q2 US reporting season is upon us. It’s a busy time for equity investors, though earnings seasons rarely move the needle much from a macro perspective. Here is a quick-read primer of what to expect over the next few weeks and my two key top-down conclusions.

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Trump today, Trump tomorrow?

Impeachment talk is nothing new in Washington. It’s difficult to think of any US President in recent times where some part of the political spectrum has not been calling for impeachment. Yet, US impeachment talk has gained unusual momentum in recent weeks, making it a scenario worth thinking through for investors. Here are nine questions and nine answers.

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Populist allocation

The French have elected an establishment President - surely this marks the end of road of the Political Paradigm? Far from it! More than 45% of French voters cast their ballot for a populist in the first round, more than ever before. In part 3 of this blog series I look at how the theme impacts financial markets and asset prices.

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Anger management

Populism is the link between angry citizens and financial markets. Thinking about possible and, even more importantly, likely solutions to the growing anger goes a long way towards understanding how the new political paradigm could influence markets and portfolios.

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Why so angry?

Change is in the air; populist change. This has been a long time coming, but over the past year what seemed like a long-term theme has become a theme that ticks all the boxes of a ‘so what?’ test. The new political paradigm drives markets, creating winners and losers, and could be here to stay.

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