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Why the PBoC Raised Rates

Diana Choyleva, Chief Economist at Enodo Economics, commented on the People's Bank of China raising interest rates today..

'As you know the Pubco raised interbank rates today and most commentary focuses on China following the Federal Reserve in tightening. But the market underestimates the domestic reasons behind the PBoC's tightening bias.

Unigestion: Inflation Is On Its Way

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale, reports that its Nowcaster indicators are highlighting stronger inflation and growth around the world. 

Amidst market excitement around the possibility of an imminent Fed rate hike, Unigestion’s Nowcasters are pointing to stronger inflation and growth - with the overall trend moving beyond reflation to inflation.  The stars are aligned for growth to make a longer-lasting appearance around the world. 

Investec's Ruane Comments On Dutch Election

Darren Ruane, Head of Fixed Income at Investec Wealth & Investment, comments on the recent outcome of the Dutch election:

“The results of the Dutch election helped to buoy investment markets following a better-than-expected outcome for mainstream parties. In particular, current Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party is projected to take 33 seats in the 150 seat lower house of parliament.

Mercer: FTSE 350 Pension Deficits Hold Steady

Mercer’s Pensions Risk Survey data shows that the accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies fell slightly from £140bn at the end of January to £137bn on 28 February 2017.

At 28 February 2017, asset values were £735bn (representing an increase of £21bn compared to the corresponding figure of £714bn at 31 January 2017), and liability values were £872bn (representing an increase of £18bn compared to the corresponding figure of £854bn at the end of January).

Luxembourg Reaches New AUM Record

With 3,741.33 billion EUR of assets under management as at 31 December 2016, an annual growth of 6.7%, Luxembourg reports another new record of assets under management in investment funds domiciled in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is well-known as a UCITS fund hub, however since the introduction of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD), the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) has seen increasing interest from asset managers of Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge funds.

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