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Last week saw the Federal Reserve move forward with a quarter-point (0.25%) interest rate rise, despite speculation that recent instability in the banking sector would cause the Fed to pull back on its current policy trajectory, writes Ian Slattery.

In this investment podcast recorded on March 14th 2023, we speak about recent market movements and Zurich Investments current positioning and outlook. This month we also speak about inflation, what it is and what it means for investors.

February saw equities give back some of their gains from the year so far, with the US in particular faltering in the face of potentially higher interest rates, writes Richard Temperley.

US equities had an uneasy week amid speculation about global banking stability. Despite this, the US Index produced gains for investors returning 1.9% in euro terms, writes Ian Slattery. 

For investors with a medium to long-term investment horizon, investing in high-yield equities (high dividend paying stocks) is certainly something to be considered, writes David Walls.

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Last week saw a choppy period for US equities as the tech-orientated and California-based Silicon Valley Bank went into receivership, writes Ian Slattery.

A three-week losing streak came to an end for US stocks last week as US equities returned euro investors 1.7% despite economic indicators suggesting a persistently tight labour market, writes Ian Slattery. 

Focusing on sustainability and transparency, the reclassification to Article 8 is timely and we see it as a complement to our existing top-down investment process.

Last week saw the release of revised US GDP figures for the final quarter of 2022. GDP was revised downwards to a 2.7% increase from its first estimate of 2.9% in Q4, writes Ian Slattery. 
Last week saw the release of US inflation figures for the month of January, writes Ian Slattery. 

Equities rallied strongly throughout the first month of 2023, with the global market up just over 5%, writes Ian Slattery.