A Primer on Yield Curves: What They Are and How They Affect You

A Primer on Yield Curves: What They Are and How They Affect You

The yield curve charts a country’s interest rates across all loan maturities—from short-term rates set by the central bank to long-term government bond rates traded in the marketplace. It is widely thought to be a reliable leading economic indicator. Here we explain...
Spring Showers Bring May Myths

Spring Showers Bring May Myths

Spring has sprung! And with the warmer temperatures, sunnier days and budding flowers we expect another yearly regularity to hit soon: financial media’s warnings you should exit equities before the annual summer doldrums hit markets – to sell, that is, in May. But in...
How Compound Growth Works

How Compound Growth Works

Legend has it Albert Einstein called compound growth the eighth wonder of the world—“the most powerful force in the universe.” However, you don’t need to be a genius to understand how compounding works. Compounding’s core concept is earning a return on returns. Take...
European Populism Probably Doesn’t Threaten Markets

European Populism Probably Doesn’t Threaten Markets

In early February, Italian Co-Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with France’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protestors. The leader of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) thus triggered a diplomatic row, with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron recalling his...