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CIO Update by Lars Kalbreier

Economic momentum starts to slow

Economic momentum, especially in Europe, has started to slow while geopolitical risks have also sparked some market concerns. Our assessment for economic growth and global markets remains constructive. In addition, we face the long-term challenge of feeding a growing world population, and Smart farming could be the solution to make today's agriculture more efficient by using new technologies.

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Volatility Returns

Spooked by a sudden rise in US wage inflation, financial markets sold-off in February. Global growth remains intact however and the current earnings season shows that companies are beginning to invest in future growth. The goldilocks scenario lives on, for now.

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Global Economic Growth

The engine of the global economy is running at full blast and was also a topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The International Monetary Fund has recently even raised its expectations for global economic growth.

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Outlook 2018

Synchronized global growth, low inflation and low interest rates have seen markets continue to push higher. Going into 2018, we review the outlook for all the major asset classes and set our focus on where the potential risks may lie.

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