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Apr 19, 2018

LGT Navigator: Fed outlook remains positive

According to its regular economic report, the Beige Book, the Fed continues to see the US economy on a growth course despite the trade dispute with China. The  outlook remains positive thanks to rising consumer spending and the effects of the tax reform on corporate investments.

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Apr 18, 2018

LGT Navigator: Stocks with tailwind from earnings season

The current corporate reporting season has given the stock markets a fresh impetus and enabled them to shake off the predominant geopolitical concerns of late, at least in the short term. Tonight's focus is on the economic report of the US Federal Reserve, the Beige Book.

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Apr 17, 2018

LGT Navigator: Chinese economy continues growing

Economic growth in the People's Republic of China is still on track. Supported by strong March retail sales figures, China was able to maintain the annual growth rate of +6.8% in the first quarter of 2018 as expected, despite slightly cooler industrial production data. This gives the Chinese leadership further leeway to purge excessive lending. China’s growth depicts tailwind for the global economy. Asian markets did not react significantly to the numbers that were mostly in line with expectations. In the USA, retailers ended their negative series in March after three consecutive declines in sales. Revenues increased by +0.6% compared to the previous month, the Commerce Department announced in Washington on Monday. Above all, consumers made more money available for larger expenditures, such as for cars. Private consumption accounts for around two thirds of total economic output in the USA.

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Apr 16, 2018

LGT Navigator: Geopolitics and finance stocks weigh on indices

After an initial recovery on the stock markets following signs of a trade war de-escalation – US President Donald Trump considered resuming the Trans- Pacific Free Trade Agreement (TPP) on Friday and mitigating the rhetoric in the trade dispute with China – geopolitical tensions and disappointing results from US financials created selling pressure at the end of last week. With the quarterly earnings of major US banks, which investors acknowledged with price losses, the corporate balance sheet season suffered a first setback.

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Apr 13, 2018

LGT Navigator: Markets hope for de-escalation

Stock market prices stabilized somewhat yesterday after US President Trump relativized his threatened military strike in Syria on Twitter. However, there are still great uncertainties regarding the further course of action of the US government in the Syrian conflict, as well as in the trade dispute. Easing tensions boosted Asian stock indices, while the US dollar steadied and US Treasury yields pared gains.

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