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Pierre Chartres

Years in the bond markets: 10

Specialist subjects: Macro economics and European credit

Likes: football, skiing, golf, Skysports (everything except the F1 stuff), French Basque Country

Heroes: Chesley Sullenberger, Felix Baumgartner

The MAS and its peculiar tightening policy

In its latest semi-annual statement, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said it would slightly tighten monetary policy by increasing the slope of appreciation of the Singapore dollar Nominal Effective Exchange Rate’s (S$ NEER) policy band. This is the second increase this year, following one in April, and it confirms the broader monetary tightening recently seen in many Asian economies, …

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BVTV: did ‘super week’ justify its billing?

The combination of the US-North Korea summit, crucial Brexit negotiations in the UK, mounting trade tensions, and a raft of central bank activity led some commentators to forecast that this would be the biggest week of the year. In fact, the beginning of the week was rather underwhelming, and it took a dovish ECB to really move markets. See how it all unfolded on today’s episode of Bond Vigilan…

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BVTV: Can Abe make Japan great again?

Having eventually emerged from the shadow of its lost decades, Japan is currently enjoying its second-longest economic expansion since World War II, having grown for seven successive quarters. John Lothian, deputy fund manager on M&G’s Japanese equity portfolios, joined me this morning to discuss the outlook for the BoJ and what the positive macro-outlook means for Japanese asset prices.

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A pretty good indicator of USD/EUR exchange rate movements

After four calendar years of price appreciation, it looks like the US dollar will end 2017 deeply in negative territory. The dollar has fallen by almost 12% this year versus the euro and around 8% on a trade weighted basis. More surprisingly, the sharp depreciation of the dollar against the euro has occurred in a period when central bank policy has diverged, resulting in the yield differential …

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BVTV: deciphering the differences between green bonds, impact investing and ESG

Richard Sherry, fund manager in M&G’s institutional fixed income team responsible for impact investing, joined me for this week’s edition of BVTV to talk through an area of the market that has been rapidly gaining attention. Richard unpicks the terminology to explain the differences between the various approaches and offers his view of how the market will likely develop – and what this will mea…

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BVTV: another car crash for the auto sector

Last week was a particularly busy week in the earnings season calendar, but has sentiment for the auto sector been dampened by the latest revelations in Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine of how car manufacturers colluded over diesel emissions treatment systems?

Wolfgang Bauer joins me for an auto sector special this week on BVTV, where we discuss the latest scandal, plus the impact of the further …

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