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Promising, but not a sure-fire winner

Online commerce experienced a huge boost from the Corona pandemic. With the return of more normality, this growth is likely to slow down. However, the structural trend remains intact. Platforms are benefiting in particular, because network effects are the economies of scale of analog mass production in the digital world. When it comes to payment systems, banks are losing out, and the importance of cash is dwindling in favour of digital wallets.

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A widespread disease from an investor's perspective

Obesity is on the rise worldwide and literally a burden not only for those affected. It is also a burden on the healthcare and social systems of national economies. Several promising new drugs are currently in trials or have already been approved and could make expensive stomach reductions obsolete. 

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A question of (price) discipline

Global automotive production typically grows at a similar level as the global GDP - yet we have seen a decoupling of this long-term trend since 2019. However, the growth prospects of the global automotive sector have not changed structurally, they have rather come under pressure due to a combination of different circumstances.

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Structural trends are intact

For a long time, technology stocks enjoyed a special environment: with extremely low interest rates, growth was easy to finance, growth took precedence over profitability, and Corona accelerated the digitalisation of entire sectors and areas of life. In this constellation, they were the darlings of investors. But since the beginning of 2022, that has changed.

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The need for change

While oil prices have continued to rise in recent months, investment in new oil and gas projects have been stalled for some time. Investors are increasingly avoiding industries that produce fossil fuels and high CO2 emissions.

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Ukraine war: Distortions on the agricultural market

Ukraine is one of the largest exporters of wheat, oilseeds and other agricultural products. The war could reduce the harvest volume for the 2022/23 season by 30 to 40%. Far-reaching supply shortages cannot be ruled out. Shares from the agricultural sector are moving into focus. An investment theme for DJE - Agrar & Ernährung (agriculture & food).

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Utilities – rock or victim of the energy crisis?

In the current difficult market environment, the defensive utilities sector should actually perform above average. However, the Stoxx 600 Utilities Index has also declined slightly since the beginning of the year. Only regulated utilities without major risks have been able to perform well. It seems that the markets have focused too much on the risks and too little on the opportunities.

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The Battery of the Future

Hardly any issue is likely to be as defining for this century as climate change. In order to counteract the consequences of climate change, researchers, politicians and companies are increasingly looking for more climate-friendly alternatives to conventional products - including alternatives to classic cars with internal combustion engines.

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Short-term benefit from booster vaccination, but from Diabetes in the long term

The coronavirus has had a firm grip on the world for almost two years now and has led to a previously unimaginable surge in innovation, not least in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. In the long term, however, diseases of affluence such as obesity and diabetes will outstrip the virus in the healthcare sector.

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Growing market for luxury goods - the brand makes the difference

Thanks to steadily increasing demand from Asia the luxury sector has developed above average in recent years. Both leather goods and jewellery enjoy high popularity. In the watch market selected high-priced watches from popular, privately managed brands are in high demand. In the mid-range and lower price segments luxury watches are competing with the success of smartwatches.

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People need prophylaxis, diagnosis and therapy

The health system, which is considered crisis-resistant, has suffered particularly from the Corona pandemic. Now many postponed operations and doctor's visits are being made up for. In this interview, Maximilian Köhn, fund manager of DJE - Europa, looks at the opportunities now available in the sector and sheds light on its future prospects.

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Commodities: no general supercycle, but selective opportunities - especially for copper

Gold investments are traditionally perceived as inflation protection. However, in 2021 gold only fulfilled this function to a limited extent. Although the inflation trend has accelerated strongly so far this year, most recently to +5.4 per cent in the USA and +2.2 per cent in Europe, the price of a troy ounce of gold is currently around $1,808/oz, a good 5 per cent below the level at the beginning of the year.

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Scarce commodity: residential real estate remains in demand

Despite increased risks such as interest rates or regulation, residential real estate remains attractive - in addition, high discounts to the intrinsic value of real estate shares are enticing.

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Corona vaccines: Emergency shot for the health sector

Corona has had a tight grip on the world for more than a year. One of the losers is the health sector as fewer operations were performed and less drugs were prescribed during the lockdown.  The Corona vaccines are now the home-grown salvation for the health sector.

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Trust no one - and other software success models

Although technology stocks are not as much focused at the moment as they were in 2020, the digital transformation continues and with it the demand for software solutions. The call for security is particularly strong because the shift of sensitive data to cloud systems, like the omnipresent collection of customer data, also triggers unauthorized desires. An investment theme for the DJE - Alpha Global.

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Upswing for agricultural shares

Rents and real estate prices have risen in the urban centers for years - we are used to this situation. Rising food prices, however, were not an issue for years. Well, that seems to change now. The consequences for the agricultural sector are analyzed by Jörg Dehning, fund manager of the  DJE - Agrar & Ernährung.

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Chinese brands: new favourites at home

Whether it's chic sports shoes, baby food, make-up or luxurious electric SUVs: through clever marketing, low prices and not least by appealing to national sentiment, Chinese brands are making serious competition for global providers on their home market. An investment theme for DJE - Asia.

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Addressing climate change with clean tech

The EU is tightening its climate targets, the USA wants to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and China is planning CO2 neutrality before 2060. Global politics is declaring war on climate change. This creates promising opportunities for investors, as combating climate changeincludes an almost inexhaustible bundle of megatrends. An investment theme for the DJE - Alpha Global.

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AI, take over please

Artificial intelligence (AI) is considered to be a key technology of the future - and not only since the digitalization push caused by Covid-19. Its fields of application are endless - and its growth potential enormous: market research companies like Tractica expect a tenfold increase in sales by 2025. Thanks to faster computing power and better data quality through the Internet of Things and 5G, the foundation of the AI era has been laid. An investment theme for the DJE - Alpha Global.

 

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All that glitters is not concrete gold

Crises like the one triggered by the Corona virus test the resilience of many industries and companies, including the real estate sector. They make problems visible that may have been present before, but were not noticed or ignored during the boom. Hagen Ernst analyses where the risks but also the opportunities for real estate investors are to be found.

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