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Election Insight – Germany 2017

Election Insight – Germany 2017

On 24 September, elections to the 19th Bundestag will be held in Germany, with the result determining who will serve as chancellor for the next four years. The incumbent candidate, Angela Merkel, currently enjoys a strong lead in the polls and is widely expected to secure a fourth term in office. However, under Germany’s proportional representation system, a coalition administration is the most common form of government and here a number of possible outcomes exist.

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Argentina – no more tears?

Argentina – no more tears?

Just over a century ago, Argentina ranked among the world’s ten richest economies. However, since those halcyon days, it has experienced long and steady economic decline relative to the developed world – described as ‘one hundred years of ineptitude’.

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Credit: is the glass half empty or half full?

Credit: is the glass half empty or half full?

How full is your credit glass? Is a change in the interest rate cycle and an uncertain political backdrop an ominous combination, or do healthier corporate balance sheets and an improving global economic backdrop mean the asset class can continue to deliver in 2017?

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Trump and European Banks

Trump and European Banks

Few expected Donald Trump to win the US presidential election. Even fewer predicted the aftermath, a strong rally in global stock markets. When the unexpected happened, the extent to which investors were wrong‐footed could be observed in the sharp rotation between sectors, away from defensive stocks and into cyclicals.

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