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Dec 11, 2019 11:30:00 AM | LGT Beacon

LGT Beacon: Tactical Asset Allocation for Q1/2020

Following the strong stock market rally of the past two quarters, the time has come to realize some gains. While the economic outlook has improved somewhat, investor complacency with regard to risks has also increased. Against this background, we prefer to replenish our cash reserves to be better prepared for any surge in volatility and/or interest rates.

 

Dec 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM | LGT Navigator

LGT Navigator: Can Fed President Powell resist Trumps pressure?

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) will announce its last interest rate decision this year at 8 p.m. (CET) tonight and will most likely leave its key interest rate unchanged. By doing so, Fed President Jerome Powell is likely to be caught up in another presidential scolding.

Dec 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM | LGT Navigator

LGT Navigator: Eagerly awaited "Brexit election"

The kick off to the new week on financial markets was mostly marked by caution. In addition to the upcoming central bank monetary policy decisions (Fed on Wednesday, SNB and ECB on Thursday), investors are also eagerly awaiting the outcome of the UK parliamentary elections on Thursday. Market participants are hoping for clarity on the Brexit issue and thus on the future of the Kingdom. The conservatives of Prime Minister Boris Johnson seem to have the best chances for a victory.

Dec 9, 2019 7:00:00 AM | LGT Navigator

LGT Navigator: Central banks in the spotlight

The new trading week will be dominated by the last central bank decisions this year. On Wednesday, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will kick off the week, followed by the ECB and the SNB. The latest data from the US labor market once again underscored the resilience of the US economy. Meanwhile, positive statements about the ongoing trade talks between China and the US are feeding hopes of a solution, at least in part, in the near future.

Dec 6, 2019 7:00:00 AM | LGT Navigator

LGT Navigator: US labor market report in the spotlight

Investors are eagerly awaiting the latest labor market statistics from Washington today. After relatively weak job growth in October, the question is how solid employment growth in the US was in November. Consensus expectations give reason to hope that job growth will be much stronger again. Should this prove to be the case, the Fed is likely to see confirmation that it will not cut key interest rates any further for the time being.

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