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Europe: Electoral reaction

Taking it to the voters

France and the UK take their case to their voters; US growth neither thrills nor disappoints; China brings more refining capacity – and exports – to the rest of the world


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Market Outlook
Apr 26

Mid-Week Bond Update

French election: Euro wins

Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the first round of the French presidential election helped lower the geopolitical anxieties overhanging capital markets, but...

Investment Insights
Apr 24

Infrastructure & active management

Build it and they will come

In specialized market sectors like infrastructure, active management may be the natural choice for many investors.

Market Snapshot
Apr 21

Taking it to the voters

Europe: Electoral reaction

France and the UK take their case to their voters; US growth neither thrills nor disappoints; China brings more refining capacity – and exports – to the rest of the world

Market Outlook
Apr 19

Mid-Week Bond Update

On Second Thought...

Global bonds mostly rallied as safe-haven thinking reasserted itself over the past week – thanks to geopolitical concerns as well as signs that U.S. growth may not fulfill the high hopes raised by Trump's election.

Investment Insights
Apr 19

French election update:

A four-horse race

Some worry about a political tsunami. But so far, it looks like a four-way tie. The least likely outcome, a Le Pen / Mélenchon run-off, could trigger significant market volatility, providing attractive opportunities for astute investors.

Investment Insights
Apr 18

Calculated gamble

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election could prove to be a shrewd move. If it succeeds, it could produce a Conservative government with a renewed mandate, as well as a significant boost for Brexit negotiations with the European Union (EU).

Market Snapshot
Apr 13

U.S. dollar: Trending the buck

The White House reverses course on the dollar, the yuan and the Fed; Germany's economy gets in the groove; yet another twist for France's election; Saudi Arabia's latest bond offer.

Market Outlook
Apr 12

Mid-Week Bond Update

The emperor has no clothes?

Just as in the old parable, the number of investors daring to challenge common belief seems to be growing: are president Trump’s promises to double economic growth really sustainable? Bond yields seem to be saying “no.”

Investment Insights
Apr 10

Municipal Market Update: March

Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.

Market Outlook
Apr 10

Around the curve

Global Bond Market Hotlist

There are some broad themes playing out in the global fixed income and currency markets. This is a first hotlist: high-level global trends, followed by a country and/or regional analysis of the G3 and emerging markets.

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