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Yet another “Goldilocks” year in 2018?

With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to dust off the cover of heartwarming stories like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Investors may indeed reach for a special fairytale, hoping that “Goldilocks” will once again lend her name to the development on financial markets in the year ahead. An economy running at just the right pace to avoid both recession and overheating is indeed a distinct possibility in 2018.

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The central banker has a truly hard job

Through their monopoly on setting interest rates, central banks can help lift people’s wealth or cause economic depression. Over the past decade, they have been in giving mode for fear of mismanaging the latest financial crisis. The global economy and financial markets have been happy to feast on the gifts provided by Ben Bernanke and his colleagues. The days of this free lunch are now drawing to a close, but so far, only the U.S. Federal Reserve has started to raise interest rates. We expect the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan to follow suit but at a snail’s pace.

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Vontobel Asset Management to absorb research costs for clients

The EU financial markets directive MiFID II, which comes into force in 2018, requires among other things that financial service providers disclose their costs for research to the client and that they decide how these costs are to be covered. Vontobel Asset Management has therefore made the decision not to pass on to clients the costs for research services for all funds and client mandates that are governed by MiFID II rules.

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Vontobel Asset Management unites its sustainable capabilities within a new CHF 10 billion boutique

Vontobel was recently chosen as the most sustainable financial services provider in Switzerland. With a track record spanning over two decades in sustainable investing, Vontobel is a leader in this important and growing segment. In order to further enhance its offering to investors, Vontobel Asset Management joins the forces of its Thematic and Sustainable Investing Boutiques, creating one Sustainable and Thematic Boutique with CHF 10 billion in assets under management. The goal is to fulfill client requests and to significantly grow the asset base over the coming years.

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“Secular stagnation” isn’t our destiny

Every economic crisis has sparked fears of slow growth or no growth at all. In the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s state-sponsored New Deal was able to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Today, similar investments into infrastructure could boost the sluggish recovery since the financial crisis of 2008. However, it is new technologies that may do the trick.

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