Belgium has seen quite a number of strikes in recent weeks, reinforcing the image of a ‘failed state’. But the latter of course stands in clear contrast with what the actual figures tell us and therefore makes no sense. That said, the figures suggest there is significant room for improvement.
“Reinvent money. Transform the global economy. So people everywhere can live better lives.” The mission of Facebook’s new coin is a working example of golden circle marketing. However, there are clear economic limits to what it can achieve. It will not end up replacing national currencies.
Your monthly appointment with the financial markets. What were the trends for equities, bonds, currencies and commodities in the past month, and what made the markets move ? You can discover the most striking evolutions in this clear and concise analysis.
Ten years after the onset of the financial crisis, the global economy is showing signs of a synchronized recovery. Cyclical economic growth across the board is picking up, trade volumes are growing, corporate profits are on the rise and unemployment is falling.
Brexit fears are clearly intensifying and our call that the Bremain vote will prevail on June 23 is getting increasingly uncomfortable. Admittedly, this is just stating the obvious as both opinion polls and betting market odds are indicating just that.
Equities performed very weakly in December, resulting in a year which posted a loss overall. Our expert, Johan Gallopyn, takes stock of the previous month and the year 2018 in terms of the equity, bond, currency and commodity markets.