Zurich Life Blog

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Equities enjoyed their third positive week in a row, as a number of US indexes hit record highs once again, writes Ian Slattery.

Equities hit a record high in the US on Thursday, before markets closed for Good Friday, writes Ian Slattery.

Global stocks moved higher last week as a strengthening dollar enhanced returns from US based assets, writes Ian Slattery.

Equities moved lower last week as the US 10 year treasury yield pushed higher once again, writes Ian Slattery.

Zurich’s Prisma multi-asset funds recently reached an impressive new milestone of €5bn in assets under management.* The Prisma range which targets 5 different risk profiles is highly popular amongst investors and now has over 60,000 policyholders since launching in 2013.

Stocks moved broadly higher last week, lifting many of the major benchmarks to new records as optimism over the economic recovery continues to fuel the rally, writes Ian Slattery.
The narrative of stocks vs interest rates continued last week as bond yields moved higher and stocks pulled back once more, writes Ian Slattery.
Stocks and bonds both fell last week as a slew of positive economic releases manifested into fears about higher inflation and interest rates, writes Ian Slattery.

Timing the markets and getting a forecast of the economy exactly right is an elusive concept. Therefore, holding a diversified range of assets that move in different directions depending on market conditions can be helpful to investors.

The effects of January stimulus cheques began to be felt as US retail sales blew expectations out of the water. The 5.3% reading was higher than expected by any of the 68 economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Ian Slattery reports.