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Two factors dominating the global economic scene

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. Today we preview the macroeconomics section of the magazine. The world economy is being tossed between the frying-pan and the fire: the first risk factor is cyclical, with economies progressively slowing down; the second is systemic, with the eurozone debt crisis acting as the […]

Ethics and banking regulation: Risk of the best becoming the enemy of the good

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. Here is October’s topic of the month: globalisation, the size of certain banks and the financial crisis have, at times, pushed business ethics to the limit. Trust, the keystone of the financial sector, has become more fragile, with its role now seemingly taken over […]

Euro area: What to expect after the respite (2/2)

The developments of early September, notably the interventions carried out by the ECB, including the announcement of the features of the OMT and Mario Draghi’s commitment to do what is necessary to salvage the euro zone, responded to investors expectations. However, their positive impact is now running out of steam and tangible action is required […]

Euro area: What to expect after the respite (1/2)

The developments of early September, notably the interventions carried out by the ECB, including the announcement of the features of the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) and Mario Draghi’s commitment to do what is necessary to salvage the euro zone, responded to investors expectations. However, their positive impact is now running out of steam and tangible […]

Liquidity risk premium receding

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. In this month’s strategy section, Pictet’s analysts explain that equities, gold and the euro featured as prime beneficiaries of announcements of a fresh wave of monetary easing measures. These have helped to diminish the liquidity risk premium, giving the value of such risk assets […]

A new monetary era

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. In his editorial outlook, Chief Investment Officer Yves Bonzon explains that the unlimited QE of the US and its European cousin OMT differ significantly in terms of the likely monetary consequences on the two continents. The US and European central banks are widely perceived […]

Contrasting picture of economic statistics

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. Here are this month’s headline news from around the world. Monetary policy continues to be softened against the backdrop of a global slowdown. Just when glimmers of hope of an upturn have been surfacing in the US, economic numbers released in Europe have disappointed […]

Commodities coming under pressure

The October 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. Here are this month’s key figures. Apart from energy and some precious metals, like gold, prices of some raw materials, particularly farming and food commodities, fell during the month. The main reason for this has been the slowdown in the global economy. Data in […]

Markets prone to twin influences of monetary policy and systemic risk

The October 2012 edition of Perspectives – titled “Markets prone to twin influences of monetary policy and systemic risk” – is now available for download and online reading. In this edition: • Editorial outlook: A new monetary era • Macroeconomics: Two factors dominating the global economic scene< • Strategy: Liquidity risk premium receding • Headline […]

The ECB in wait-and-see mode

Yesterday’s press conference held in Slovenia did not add much new information. It was mostly an occasion for Mario Draghi to clarify some aspects of the Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT) programme. It confirmed that the ECB has entered a wait-and-see mode that could unnerve financial markets if the Spanish government does not soon take the […]

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