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An AllianzGI study that looks back over 200 years shows that an overweight in lower-risk assets may be the biggest investment risk of all. Find out why equities should be considered for every investor portfolio.
Retirees can take a holistic approach to financing their retirement goals by following the "three times one-third" rule and focusing equally on three key categories of retirement income: basic income, additional "happiness" income and excess income.
As geopolitics and disruption factor into just about every investment decision in this post-election period, it’s important to bear in mind the “creative power of destruction”. This is precisely the environment where active investors can apply their skills and sort out the winners.
In today’s low-yield environment, dividend strategies can be a key performance driver for investors’ portfolios – and they can play a role as an anchor of stability amid increased market volatility. Moreover, with “reflation” gearing up and corporate profits looking strong, dividends may become even more relevant.
Donald Trump’s military-spending plans should help not just US defence contractors, but European firms with a large US presence. And while his infrastructure ideas need Congressional support, they could lift material suppliers and contracting companies in 2018.
With a growing likelihood that Trump’s fiscal policies will be inflationary, the odds of a Fed rate hike are surging, as higher inflation means a faster tightening cycle. So will President Trump find it easier to bring back inflation than factory jobs?
Some of the top factors limiting US growth also hold the key to its future: Fed policy has lost its effectiveness, populism has transformed politics and technology has radically reshaped economic activity. Policymakers and businesses alike must take notice or risk missing the wave.
Although much is unknown about the new US president’s economic policy, our chief economist says the central theme is a shift from monetary easing (via Fed stimulus) to fiscal easing (via tax cuts and spending), which could have a major impact on Europe.
During his campaign, Donald Trump favoured a restrictive trade stance that could hurt export-reliant countries in Asia – particularly China. But with continued rebalancing and a renewed regional focus, China’s influence in Asia could grow even bigger.
Italy’s rejection of reforms and Renzi's resignation may lead to early elections or other scenarios that could spook investors already facing a tumultuous political year in Europe. Then again, markets may have already discounted future bad news, and the ECB stands ready to step in.
In just a few short years, blockchain technology has surged past cybersecurity, mobile payments and cloud computing to become arguably the most innovative new technology in the financial-services industry – and one that is particularly promising for ESG-focused investors.