Bankinter | Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages Norway’s sovereign fund, is in exclusive talks with Ibedrola to buy a stake of up to 49% in a mega portfolio of renewable assets owned by the Spanish utility. The portfolio is called Proyecto Romeo and is valued at 1.2 billion euros. It includes wind and solar projects in different phases of development with a total output of 1.266MW. Of the whole…
Norges Bank (the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund) has just published all its holdings in the five continents at the end of 2021. Europe’s largest investor has shares in up to 74 Spanish listed companies, 10% of which are in the real estate sector. Specifically, it is committed to the developers Aedas, Neinor, Metrovacesa and Insur and the socimis Merlin Properties, Inmobiliaria Colonial and Lar España. However, it has only increased…
Ranko Berich (Monex Europe) | Jay Powell and the Fed have taken the warning financial markets have given about coronavirus over the past weeks to heart and brought out the big guns with a 50bp intra-meeting rate cut. This is a tool that has not been used since 2008, and comes after a serious worsening in the global macroeconomic outlook due to the Covid-19 outbreak shattering previous optimistic assumptions that it would be mostly contained within Q1.
Norges Bank has raised its stake in Sacyr to 3.56% from the 2.9% it currently held, once again exceeding 3 pct of the construction and concessions group’s capital. The move coincided with the group’s decision to refocus its strategy on expanding its concession business outside Spain.
Christian Gattiker, Head of Research, Julius Baer │It is about time: central bankers present their take on the current mess at the Jackson Hole meeting, the prime plat-form for this. The more concerned they are the better. We think concerted central bank action will still avoid a global recession. Warming up to fiscal easing, as in Germany, is the icing on the cake.
Miguel Navascués | Central banks announcements are better than nothing, but may not be enough. In my opinion, the central message of Keynes is that, for those taking investment decisions, the future cannot be reduced to a risk calculus formula, because there is always a zone of uncertainty (by definition incalculable) which influences spending decisions: consumption, but, above all, productive investment.
A soft landing is the Holy Grail of central bankers. The glory that accrues from avoiding the economic costs of a recession by skilful manipulation of interest rates. But do such efforts to avoid, or mitigate, recessions simply store up trouble for the future? Does seeking to avoid a recession simply lead to a worse recession in the future?
The Swiss population has rejected in a referendum on Sunday, with 74% of votes against, the popular proposal that would have limited the “creation” of money only to the National Bank of Switzerland.
Fixed income’s scant returns has led Norway’s sovereign fund to focus on equity investment. This now accounts for 65 percent of exposure. At the same time, the Norwegian government estimates that investment in the stock market will reach 70 percent to boost profits in the coming years. Hilde C. Bjørnland, professor of Economics at the Norwegian Business School and Director of the Centre for applied economy and oil explains why.
Assuming that Trump’s getting US presidency has turned global establishment upside down, markets are under currents of diverging US, but not leaving aside domestic factors. In the case of Asian, on one hand, the likelihood of stronger US data leading to higher USD rates is pulling Asia rates higher, as reported by BoAML. On the other hand, flush local liquidity conditions, lackluster pick up in domestic demand and easing stance of Asian central banks are pushing Asian rates lower.