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Mutations, bottlenecks and speculation

The stock markets started January in a good mood. However, this sentiment flattened out and turned negative towards the end of the month. This was due to concerns about Corona mutations and vaccine supply shortages on the one hand, and speculation by small investors on the other, which led to a "short squeeze".

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Mutations, bottlenecks and speculation

The stock markets started January in a good mood. However, this sentiment flattened out and turned negative towards the end of the month. This was due to concerns about Corona mutations and vaccine supply shortages on the one hand, and speculation by small investors on the other, which led to a "short squeeze".

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The Vaccine Effect

The relief rally continued in December, albeit more subdued than in the previous month. The decisive factor, as in almost all of 2020, was Corona. The UK was the first country to start vaccinating, while central banks continued to provide the markets with enormous liquidity. In parallel, there were noticeable signs of economic life, especially from China, but also from the euro area.

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Bonds and gold as stabilizing elements, equities as profit drivers

The year 2020 was primarily influenced by the Corona pandemic. The first quarter suffered the fastest and sharpest stock market slump worldwide in economic history. The Corona shock hit the world in a very vulnerable situation,in which the economy was already slowing down significantly internationally so that the pandemic massively reinforced the existing downward trend.

 

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Biden's election victory: a plus for green stocks

As an asset manager and investor Dr. Jens Ehrhardt saw the arrival and departure of many US presidents - and their impact for the stock markets. In this interview he explains, among other things, what fiscal policy could be expected from the election winner Joe Biden and which industries are likely to benefit.

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Second Corona wave slows down the markets

A second wave of corona hit the international stock markets in September. In addition, the U.S. election campaign caused uncertainty, while in Europe the brexite issue regained its sharpness. On the other hand, the economy continued to recover in Europe, the USA and China.

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China's economy recovers - tensions with USA persist

Normality is slowly returning to China after the Corona shock. Domestic travelling is rising, events are taking place again and domestic demand is boosting the luxury sector. However, tensions between China and the US remain. 

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"Taking account of governance criteria"

Debates regarding a reform of the DAX index arose after the Wirecard scandal arose and the company Delivery Hero was listed to the German stock index DAX. Dr. Jens Ehrhardt has been working with the DAX and many other international stock market indices for over 45 years and has his own opinion regarding this matter.

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Recovery and tailwind

Against the backdrop of rising new corona infections, quarterly profits of many companies, especially in the U.S., significantly exceeded the low expectations. In addition, various economic data improved in Germany, the U.S. and China, and the U.S. Federal Reserve additionally supported the stock markets by changing its strategy towards its inflation target of 2%.

 

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16,000 points for the DAX are realistic”

In an interview with the financial journalist Bernd Heller Dr. Jens Ehrhardt confirmed his latest forecast for the DAX: 16,000 points in spring 2021 are "realistic". In fact the forecast is actually "modest", as it exceeds this year's high by only around 15% - not much considering the mass of liquidity that the central banks are pumping into the economic cycle as a decisive force and a good portion of which is likely to flow into the stock markets because of the lack of alternatives.

 

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Skid marks

Corona continued to dominate the scene in July, on one hand with confident reports on vaccine development, on the other hand with new infection rates rising again. In addition the negative figures for economic growth showed the extent to which the pandemic had slowed down in the second quarter. Gold reached a new all-time high with further falling interest rates and a weaker US dollar.

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Leading indicators are recovering

In June some leading indicators such as business climate, consumer confidence and purchasing managers' indices improved, especially in Europe, but also in the US and China. As encouraging as these figures are the "hard" economic data such as industrial production, exports and new orders declined significantly as they had already previous month.

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Liquidity drives the markets

Despite weak economic data, declining industrial production and a shrinking economy: Hopes for a recovery emerged on the markets, albeit from a low level. Hopes were fueled by extensive support packages in Europe and Asia.

 

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The market correction, which had already begun in February, continued in March as a severe slump on the stock markets. This was triggered by fears of a global recession due to the ever increasing spread of the corona virus. Extensive rescue packages and monetary policy measures in the USA and Europe helped to stabilise the markets at a low level.

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Corona and the markets - key questions and answers for investors

The corona crisis has us under firm control. As many investors are showing signs of uncertainty we want to provide further guidance. This includes assessments of expected economic consequences as well as recommendations how to protect your capital and build up your wealth with equities, bonds etc. - even with a sustainable orientation.

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Corona infects the markets

The sharp rise in new corona infections outside China caused an abrupt correction on the stock markets after an optimistic start to February. High-quality government bonds and gold were in demand, however.

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The Corona Virus puts a drag on markets

January began on a positive note for the stock markets. Then, however, the outbreak of the corona virus weighed on the stock markets due to its novelty and rapid spread. As a result, prices of high-quality government bonds rose and the price of gold climbed, while oil and industrial metals, among others, became cheaper.

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After the trade conflict is before the trade conflict

In December, the markets reacted with relief to the "Phase One" trade agreement, which is ready to be signed and is intended to settle the trade conflict between the USA and China. At the same time, the EU, especially France and Germany, moved into the focus of US and Chinese trade policy.

 

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