Are you ready for the futures

Focus Topic Are you ready for the futures

No one knows precisely what will happen in the years ahead. How the world responds to observable trends, from the retreat in globalization to the advance of robotics, will be key. We present investors with four "futures" that could determine the shape of portfolios to come.

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Thought of the day

Quantitative tightening approaches

With Tuesday's record high close for the S&P and a rally in bonds, one would be forgiven for assuming the Fed's latest minutes took a dovish turn. Certainly the committee's careful consideration of soft first quarter data – from weak GDP to disappointing March inflation – offers markets comfort that a near certain June hike will be followed by a balanced economic re-assessment.


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"…but when I am bad, I am better"

OPEC agreed to extend its production cuts, but this appears to have disappointed markets a little. The oil price has moderated – not enough to have any real economic significance.



All things are difficult before they are easy

万事开头难 – All things are difficult before they are easy

Twenty-five years ago, China’s exports were half of France’s and one-quarter of Japan’s. Now it is the world’s largest supplier of manufactured goods. Its rise contributed to the developed world’s “great moderation” in the 2000s, as cheaper goods helped keep inflation in check.


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