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LGT Navigator: Investors eye interest rates, oil, euro, and Italy

May 18, 2018

Investors continue to focus primarily on yields on the US bond market, as the trend-setting ten-year US government bonds continue to yield over 3% and even more and short-term five-year Treasuries are now trading just below this level. In addition, oil price quotations continue to soar against the backdrop of concerns about a supply shortage due to US sanctions against the important output country Iran. Europe's stock markets were boosted by a weaker euro on the one hand, while the emerging government coalition in Italy of the populist 5-star movement and the extreme right-wing Lega could pose a challenge to the EU. The yield on ten-year  Italian government bonds climbed to a three-month high and the Italian bank index fell by more than 2%.

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