ANALYSIS: Has German election killed the European spring?
Many fund managers dismissed the historical German election results as “insignificant for markets”. But they fail to take into account the fact that these elections have upended the status quo, possibly triggering a reversal of recent political trends.
Why you should care about the German elections
You may be forgiven for not staying up late this Sunday to watch the final results of Germany’s parliamentary elections come in. While Chancellor Merkel is sure to win, the scale of her victory is likely to impact the future direction of bond spreads.
Investors eye Portuguese government bonds after rating upgrade
To the surprise of many, rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) upgraded Portugal to investment-grade status on Monday. This pushed yields on the country’s government bonds down, and interest from international investors is already picking up.
Radical shakeup of Swiss private banks needed
Swiss private banks are failing to address rapidly declining profitability and are too focused on defensive measures to implement a radical transformation that will allow them to generate competitive advantage and sustainable growth, says KPMG.