Investors shifted massively into eurozone equities in February, with the second highest allocation recorded for the asset class, a survey of fund managers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows.
By Piroska M. Nagy
This article was first published on the website of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The Swiss National Bank’s January decision to remove the Swiss franc’s cap against the euro has sent shockwaves through the global economy. It triggered particularly strong reactions in parts of central and south-eastern Europe, where currencies in some countries came under severe pressure.
US equities are more attractive on a risk and return basis than European equities or even Asian ones, despite the end of quantitative easing in the US and its beginning in the eurozone.
By Antonia Oprita
With elections in Greece stealing the show, investors would do well to keep an eye on the weakening euro and the strengthening dollar.
The re-balancing of the exchange rates of the world’s two main reserve currencies could have painful consequences for many countries and markets.
The Swiss National Bank’s shocking decision last week to scrap the cap that was preventing the Swiss franc from appreciating to more than 1.20 to the euro continues to play out in the markets.