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Faster than you think
08.11.2019 One thing for sure – bond yields are rising faster than we can adjust our forecasts. And if you thought that things are changing more slowly in Switzerland than in other places of the world, we recommend looking at the 10 year Swiss government bond yield...
CIO Update: "In a good place"
08.11.2019 Jerome Powell, President of the US Federal Reserve Bank (Fed), pointed out on numerous occasions in recent months that the US economy was «in a good place»...
Global View Q4 2019
02.09.2019 The escalation in the trad
e war is likely to weigh on corporate investment. While the risk of a global recession has clearly risen, we still expect the expansion to persist in the foreseeable future.
Light at the end of the tunnel
01.11.2019 Fed Chair Powell struck a more balanced tone after lowering rates for a third consecutive meeting this week, suggesting that policymakers will now pause the mid-cycle adjustment...
Turning from the ECB to the Fed
25.10.2019 Yesterday’s ECB-meeting and Draghi’s last press conference was much more harmonious than the publicly voiced opposition of some Governing Council members and what the ensuing discussion would have suggested...
Draghi's farewell and a new "to do" list at the ECB
18.10.2019 Next Thursday will be the last policy meeting at the ECB chaired by President Draghi as well as his last press conference. The discussion will probably focus on the public reaction to and the discussion of the past meeting rather than future policy direction...
Brextensions to keep Gilt yields under pressure
11.10.2019 A few positive words from the Irish Prime Minister following a meeting with its British counterpart sent the pound and gilt yields sharply higher yesterday...
CIO Update: In gold we trust
04.10.2019 Despite mounting growth concerns, we do not believe a global recession is the most likely scenario...
A murky bottom process for the global economy
04.10.2019 The data flow this week was unambiguously bad, dragging down bond yields and stock markets. The critical blows were landed by the ISM surveys of manufacturing on Tuesday and services on Thursday...
Rumbles in USD funding markets
27.09.2019 The usually very smoothly running US repo market has made headlines in the past days with the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) briefly spiking to over 5%...
Fed and markets still at loggerheads
20.09.2019 The Fed cut its policy rates by 25bp as expected but the median dot plot suggests that they will not go down further...
ECB QE: As long as it takes or forever
13.09.2019 There was unanimity across the ECB Governing Council on the view that fiscal policy should become the main tool. This was President Draghi’s answer to his first question at yesteday’s press conference regarding the “chemistry” in the meeting...
CIO Update: Cautious positioning
05.09.2019 The escalation in the trade war is likely to weigh on corporate investment. While the risk of a global recession has clearly risen, we still expect the expansion to persist in the foreseeable future...
CIO Update: Central banks to the rescue
05.07.2019 Announcements by key central banks indicating that they will support the economy with interest rates cuts, if needed, have made an impression on financial markets.
Johnson moves his Queen on the Brexit chessboard
30.08.2019 By suspending the UK parliament and scheduling a Queen’s speech for mid-October, Boris Johnson has raised the risk of a no-deal Brexit. While it is unclear if this game of brinkmanship is either aimed at arm-twisting the EU into concessions or positioning himself and the Tories for early elections as defenders of the people’s will against the Parliament, there will be reduced scope to stop a hard Brexit and enforce a new extension of Article 50.
How bad can it get?
23.08.2019 Over the past two decades, central bankers have used the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual symposium in Jackson Hole to signal changes in monetary policy. While they could do so again, there is a lot of doubt with regards to how much more support they can provide, and how effective it would be....
Global View - Outlook Q3 2019
03.06.2019 Fears of a global recession have receded as the global economy is slowly turning around...
CIO Update: Need for patience
06.06.2019 The renewed escalation of the trade war between the USA and China has caught investors off guard and triggered a sharp setback in financial markets in May.
CIO Update: Reduced portfolio risk
04.04.2019 Markets are likely to shift into consolidation mode after the strong first-quarter rally in all risky assets. This has prompted us to take profits on some of our positions...
Global View - Outlook Q2 2019
03.03.2019 Global growth is set to slow further in the near term. But we expect the world economy to rebound somewhat in the second half of the year, in part reflecting looser macroeconomic policy in China....
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J. Safra Sarasin celebrates 30 years of sustainable investing
02.10.2019 In this special edition, we highlight J. Safra Sarasin’s 30-year anniversary and key achievements in sustainable investments. It is devoted to the Bank’s journey in becoming a pioneer and leader in sustainable investments.
Targeting the SDGs: Impact and Performance in Listed Equities
03.07.2019 All investments have an impact - not only on individual investors, but also on communities, the environment and the economy at large...
Active Ownership is making an impact
01.04.2019 When it comes to the concept of sustainable investments, many investors still only think of exclusions for the time being. However, the range of instruments has been greatly expanded over the years.
Hazardous chemicals - or the new carbon
12.12.2018 Chemicals are increasingly present in everyday consumer products: from plastics and clothes to flame retardants in mattresses and couches.
Sustainability - a key factor for real estate
07.01.2019 Electromobility is on everyone's minds: as an investment theme, as a fun factor, but above all as a solution to climate change. However, it is less well known that the real estate sector is also an important jigsaw piece in the fight against global warming.
Active ownership - reaching record levels in 2018
02.10.2018 Assets under management for investment strategies that integrate engagement and proxy voting are growing continuously.
Global challenges and investment themes
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Living among robots
29.08.2018 Technological progress and economic growth have triggered an unprecedented expansion phase of robotics adoption and applications across sectors.
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Institutional Spotlight: Sustainable Thematic Returns in a Growth-challenged World
30.08.2019 In today's low growth environment, investors can find attractive returns through the powerful combination of sustainable and thematic investing.
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Institutional Spotlight: Big value in small caps
11.06.2019 In this issue, we delve deeper into our analysis on small cap companies and how they can offer investors higher average returns over the long-term. Our analysis shows that small caps outperform during phases of economic recovery and expansion, but they tend to lag during downturns and recessions...
Institutional Spotlight: Why invest in Total Return strategies?
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Institutional Spotlight: An adaptive allocation to overcome challenges for the pension system
We discuss several challenges faced by many pension systems today, including changing demographics, depressed long-term expected returns and the prospect of a cyclical downturn…
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