- Cross road: the landscape of the fixed-income market
Cross road: the landscape of the fixed-income market
Monday 14 May 2018
Research / Market
Two events pushed down Eurozone sovereign spreads in 2017: the French presidential election in April & May, which dissipated investors’ fears about Eurosceptic movements, and the announcement on 26 October of a smaller-than-expected reduction in ECB’s QE for 2018 (monthly purchases lowered from € 60 bn to €30bn).
However, it is important to point out that the fundamentals of European sovereign bonds have improved recently and provide strong support for this segment of the market.
The US government shutdown becomes the longest in history
The US Government shutdown started on December 22 2018 is currently the longest ever, with little evidence of end in sight. In recent US history, since 1976, there have been 21 shutdowns, lasting from 1 to 21. The longest so far took place under Clinton on Dec 15,1995.
The Alpha and Beta of ESG investing
With the rising awareness around ESG issues worldwide, institutional investors have started to massively look into responsible investment. The latter has grown substantially in Europe and in North America in the past 5 years.
Global Investment Views - May 2018
CIO views: High conviction ideas from Amundi Global Investment Committee