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Japanese equities remain neglected by managers. But the return of inflation, improving fundamentals, attractive valuations and better corporate governance are a recipe for renewed investor appetite.

As in the United States, European markets are dominated by a small group of large-cap companies. Overview.

Key takeaways: • While market dynamics remain supportive, the macro & fundamental context are still uncertain and could lead to an Equity Risk Premium re-rating • We keep our cautious stance on equities and rates as well as our positive view on credit • We are downgrading China & EM Asia equities to positive (from attractive). We are upgrading Government bonds to positive (from cautious)

The European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) format allows access to private asset investments without having to invest large sums or be an institutional investor.

The S&P 500's rise since the beginning of the year is based solely on the performance of a few large technology stocks. But is it a good sign for the future direction of the market?

Bitcoin flirting with $30,000, another successful upgrade on Ethereum, NFTs volume picking up: 2023 is off to a strong start for cryptos.

Many companies have taken advantage of the return of inflation to inflate their prices excessively. At the risk of stimulating an inflationary spiral.

While some respite was expected as we entered 2023, the start of the year was far from a relaxing one. After a hawkish start to the quarter, volatility especially in bonds, surged during March, following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. That led to fears about broader contagion across the banking system, that were bolstered by the sudden implosion of Credit Suisse and its acquisition by UBS, backed by guarantees from the Swiss government.

The battle between the “bulls” and the “bears” is still raging and the winner has not yet been determined. While the technical background for equity markets has been improving recently, we decided last week to keep our cautious stance on equities. Indeed, our view remains that the aftershock of the Fed's policy tightening is starting to be felt in the financial system and the wider economy. We believe that the macro-economic context is starting to deteriorate and that we have entered yet another period of uncertainty which should lead to an Equity Risk Premium re-rating.

Q1 2023 was turbulent period for the market, a hawkish start of the quarter ended in solid gains for equity markets, while the global banking industry was nearly brought to its knees. Here are 10 stories to remember from Q1 2023.

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