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Thursday 18 July 2019
Investment Talks, News, Expertises
The appointment of Christine Lagarde as President of the ECB and Ursula Von der Leyen as President of the European Commission is undoubtedly among the best possible compromises because these are two women of great experience, both very much in favour of strengthening the European Union. It is very clear that the political dimension has taken over from the technocratic dimension. This is a significant development for European institutions, but it is still too early to draw any conclusions
Revisiting fixed income opportunities after the European institution appointments
Financial markets have been enjoying a record-breaking run of late.
The journey from market complacency to awareness of fragilities is in full swing, and the market correction in May is part of that, as is the recent recovery fuelled by dovish Central Banks (CB). Aware investors should recognise that the late cycle phase and mature market trends require improving fundamentals and positive political events to deliver sustainable uptrends in risk assets. But, it is difficult to see such improvements happening in the short term.