Touched by the virus?

2020 A new Year, a new start. It certainly has not been boring. But did we have something to celebrate? Not really, except for the fervent Brexit supporters, who got their way on 31 January, though they too might be in a different mood at the end of the year if the EU keeps its […]

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Warming up for the new year

“Roaring 10s” The last month of the decade has passed. We can now start warming up for the new year. Before we dare to think of a repeat of the “Roaring 20s”, we can already establish that behind us are the “Roaring 10s”. But without the spectacular decline at the end. As it was a […]

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FOMO versus Rational Investor

FOMO? No, FOMO is not a new detergent, it is an acronym for Fear Of Missing Out. This is also a reason why you do not want to miss this November newsletter, because the past month was largely devoted to FOMO. As an investor you did not know if it would all turn out fine, […]

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End of monetary violence in sight?

Interest rates and inflation One of the difficult aspects of investing is that sometimes one would want to be happy with price declines and still be disappointed with price rises. They are, of course, weird emotions, but they do fit with the defensive investor, which we have been for a while. At the same time, […]

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Stumbling on slippery ice!

Political power struggle While an economic cooling down was becoming increasingly evident, stock markets retained courage. But will the orchestra keep on playing courageously, while the iceberg is already well in sight? Is it overconfidence or justified in view of the Fed’s likely interest rate cuts and the resumption of the buy-back program by the ECB, with […]

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big, Bigger, BIGGEST

Argentina If you would be the person making decisions on emergency credits to countries, would you lend 50% of available funds to Argentina? No, you would not, but the respectable IMF would, in fact did. “Last year, nobody was around or in a position to tackle a problem of this magnitude, except for the IMF”, […]

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High PRI Score Responsible Investment Policy Providence Capital!

How sustainable is our responsible investment policy, and in particular with regard to the rest of the asset managers? And with sustainability we mean mainly the annual review of the PRI that we undergo. How do we monitor those Environmental, Social and Governance issues at the funds and the companies in which we are invested […]

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Beware! Is the ECB after your money?

Spending or investing? The accepted theory is of course that you keep your money in your pocket when interest rates are high. When rates are low on the other hand, you are tempted to spend it or even invest it. Resulting in an increased demand for goods and services and therefore an increase in inflation. […]

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Are we keeping the recession away from us?

Interest rate cut With economic growth slowing down globally, markets recovered from the May downturn. Principally as a result of the Fed and ECB’s actions – both promising interest rate cuts and other forms of fiscal stimulus – the good mood made a comeback. The words used by Draghi came close to his “whatever it […]

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This way or that way?

Limboland We are still in Limboland, and worse, we are deeper in it since last month. Limboland is a greyish country, where economic life only advances slowly. Where in spite of negative interest rates, bonds enjoy a close investor interest. Entrepreneurs and even smaller countries are staring at each other and at the major powers […]

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From Goldilocks to Limbo Land? And then back to Goldilocks?

Financial climate Markets are numbly floating on, this springtime. With only a few barriers and sometimes a rapid, but few markets really dried up. Especially the US continued to grow in her own Goldilocks scenario, with job creation continuing. In Asia and Europe, however, the pace is slower whereas Japan and Korea have already slowed […]

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Time to Act!

Uncertainty? Investing is trading in uncertainty, an old saying goes. Investors are not rational, but act on the basis of “greed and fear” and the information available to that end. We noticed this fear in December, ever since, however, greed has returned. And has uncertainty too? In this regard, we are facing a problem: although […]

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