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Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Stronger economic recovery in the United States

Statistics from the US keep coming in above expectations. A robust recovery in the US bodes well for the global economy in the second half of the year. However, Europe and China, show a slowdown.

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25-08-2014 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Geopolitics affect markets

The US upside surprises, while Europe show more difficulties. The geopolitical situation, with civil unrest in many parts of the world, is affecting the markets a lot right now.

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20-08-2014 15:14    Comments    News

Chief Economist Anna Felländer about the Swedish Repo Rate Decision

Chief Economist Anna Felländer about the Swedish Repo Rate Decision

Chief Economist Anna Felländercomments the Swedish Riksbank's decision to keep the interest rate at 0.75 percent.

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09-04-2014 18:00    Comments    Videos

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Least risk of a backlash in Europe

Unchanged repo rate in Sweden and political agreement on the debt ceiling in the US. These are some of the events of last week affecting the financial markets. However, it is Europe that has the biggest potential.  

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18-02-2014 17:00    Comments    News

Monthly Comment from Swedbank: Positive outlook for equities continues

“We are still positive to the stockmarket and believe that shares will give better returns than interest rates going forward. However, stockmarkets are getting more expensive and we therefore do not think that the returns of 2013 will be repeated. In 2014, companies need to start posting profits so that stock prices continue to rise,” says Sara Arfwidsson, market strategist at Swedbank.

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13-01-2014 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly report from Swedbank: Important central bank decisions this week

The focus this week is on the Riksbank's monetary policy meeting and the Fed's meeting on bond purchase tapering. “At Swedbank, we believe that the Riksbank will leave rates unchanged due to strengthening economic indicators,” says market strategist Sara Arfwidsson.

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16-12-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Focus on important economic indicator

Last week, the performance figures of the Purchasing Managers' Indices (PMI) from different parts of the world were published. The PMI is reported for both the service sector and the industrial sector and is an important indicator of economic performance.

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13-12-2013 09:52    Comments    News

Monthly Comment from Swedbank: Positive outlook for equities in December as well

Swedish economic indicators have improved, despite them not being visible yet in actual numbers. “We believe in a gradual improvement of growth for Sweden in 2014,” says Martin Bolander, market strategist at Swedbank. However, this implies that European and even global business cycles continue to improve.

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03-12-2013 14:49    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Downward inflation trend may affect rate

The Riksbank is finding it increasingly difficult to justify unchanged interest rates, given that the European Central Bank (ECB) cut its benchmark rate last week and inflation in Sweden is on a downward trend.

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18-11-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Interest rate cuts in Europe and continued concern in the US

On 7 November, the European Central Bank (ECB) unexpectedly announced an interest rate cut from 0.5 per cent to 0.25 per cent. This was mainly due to declining inflation and far too high unemployment. At the same time, concerns about the US fiscal and monetary policies remain.

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11-11-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly comment from Swdbank: Global economy continues to improve

The US has once again postponed decisions on the debt ceiling and a new budget. At the same time, the eurozone is in a recovery phase after a long recession. Even China's third-quarter growth improved further, compared with previous quarters.

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06-11-2013 13:43    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank: Continued stimulus measures in US and unchanged interest rate in Sweden

The Fed’s bond purchases will probably continue well into next year, in order to stimulate the economy. However, in Sweden there will not be any stimulus measures in the form of an interest rate cut. And it may take until next autumn for the Riksbank to start increasing rates.

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28-10-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Sustainable budget demands in the US

In the US, politicians have bought time to try and agree on a new budget – and this resulted in a slightly positive reaction from financial markets. China also showed positive signs of increasing domestic consumption in the third quarter, according to Swedbank Investment Center in its weekly comment.

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21-10-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Momentous week for US

On Thursday 17 October, the US will hit the debt ceiling if no political deal has been reached before then. A solution is most likely; however, major banks and investors have begun to prepare for the opposite.

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15-10-2013 17:00    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Turbulent week in global stock markets

- We can expect a turbulent week, says Sara Arfwidsson, market strategist at Investment Center. Disagreement about the US budget and government crisis in Italy are increasing volatility in the stockmarket.

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02-10-2013 14:56    Comments    News

Knut Hallberg: "Bond yield will go up worldwide"

Knut Hallberg, senior economist at Swedbank, says in a comment on CNBC that when political uncertainty in the US and Italy calms down, yield will go up.

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30-09-2013 09:51    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Federal Reserve continues its support purchases of government and mortgage bonds

“Stockmarkets were jubilant at the beginning of last week when the US Federal Reserve announced that it would continue its support purchases of government and mortgage bonds at USD 85 billion a month” says Sara Arfwidsson, market strategist at Investment Center. At the same time, long-term rates decreased.

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26-09-2013 09:42    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Large trade surplus in China

According to Sara Arfwidsson, market strategist at the Investment Center, last week saw a rise in risk appetite in global markets. There were no new concerns and the existing ones, such as Syria, appear to have dampened somewhat.

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18-09-2013 16:25    Comments    News

Monthly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Continued overweight in equities

Global data for August has continued to develop positively, especially in developed countries versus emerging countries. The strongest trend is seen in the US and Europe.

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05-09-2013 11:06    Comments    News

Weekly Comment from Swedbank Investment Center: Europe on its way out of recession

Last week was a fairly quiet trading week with no major events. The US dollar weakened slightly and Asian stockmarket fluctuations increased as US data further increased the likelihood of the Fed tapering its support purchases of bonds already in September.

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20-08-2013 10:19    Comments    News