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Positive reforms in China

Despite ongoing concerns about China’s economy and debt levels, M&G is becoming more optimistic about China amid signs that the government’s recent reforms are taking effect.

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Asia’s new era of sustainable growth

As the 2018 Chinese New Year celebrations begin on 16 February and the Winter Olympics are under way in South Korea, Soo Nam NG, Head of Asian equities at Columbia Threadneedle Investments analyses the outlook for Asian markets.

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Jay Powell, the US economy’s new leader

The stockmarkets took a real rollercoaster ride the week of February 5, with the Dow Jones plummeting more than 1,100 points in a single day’s trading on February 5, the most severe decline in its history in number of points, although only 4.6% in relative terms as compared to the 22.6% crash on October 19, 1987.

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Absence (of market volatility) made the heart grow fonder

Investors are fearful that inflation will rise faster than expected due to the impact of a weak dollar on import prices and rising wages, and that as a result interest rates may also rise faster than expected. But the reemergence of wage growth may be a positive for economic growth and corporate earnings.

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The flipside of the (crypto) coin

At the end of 2017, crypto currencies were on everyone lips and screens, with Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum boasting incredible performances of 1,400%, 36,000% and 9,100% respectively for the year.

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Back to normality

The strong start into the year left markets vulnerable. However, we remain constructive due to solid economic fundamentals.

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