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Economic growth showed measured improvement globally, and inflation remained below target in most regions. Most major bond markets—U.S., U.K., Japan and the eurozone—saw government bond yields fall, while global equity markets were again positive. While not as robust early in 2014 as they were last year, we believe equities have held up quite well in the face of political tensions and emerging-market growth concerns. [... More]
Economic growth remained mixed across the globe, and inflation was tame in most regions. Most major bond markets—U.S., U.K., Japan and the eurozone—experienced a modest decrease in government bond yields. Global equity markets showed impressive resilience and were again positive. Global equity markets have not been as robust early in 2014 as they were last year, but we believe they have held up quite well in the face of political tensions and emerging-market growth concerns. [... More]
For the twelve month period ending 31 March, global high-yield debt performed particularly well, while emerging-markets debt and global government bonds suffered declines. Despite recent volatility, especially within emerging markets, the MSCI AC World Index remains near an all-time high.
•Optimism continued in advanced economies, while emerging economies faced multiple challenges.[... More]
•Easing of inflation pressures around the world should keep global monetary policies accommodative.
•Global equities reached positive territory by quarter end, while fixed income gained as interest rates generally fell.
Economic data remained mixed in the U.S., despite some positive forward-looking indicators. Ongoing strength was seen in the U.K. and Japan, along with pockets of both resilience and weakness in Europe. Global bond yields were generally steady in the month following a resetting of levels in January. Global equity markets strongly rebounded as investor optimism was particularly strong across European markets. With positive economic growth in Europe and solid earnings reports from U.S. companies, there is plenty of optimism that 2014 will be a decent year.[... More]