Market Updates

Edgar Walk, Chief Economist at Metzler Asset Management, comments regularly on various topics surrounding capital markets, the economy and monetary policy. Read about Walk’s assessments in quarterly and annual capital markets outlooks. Under market:update Special Topics, you can read about background topics, markets, regions and forecasts. In addition, asia:insight offers insight into the economy in Asia. 


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update of medium-term total return forecasts

For some time now, there have been signs that economic cycles have become longer since World War II. Thus, Edgar Walk, Chief Economist at Metzler Asset Management, has again supplemented his conservative seven-year scenario for medium-term total return forecasts for equities and bonds with a progressive 14-year scenario. For virtually all asset classes, higher returns can be derived from the progressive scenario because this scenario assumes a slower correction of the overvaluation of many investment assets.

Read more on this topic in the newest special edition of market:update.

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Capital Markets Outlook for the 3rd quarter 2019

The equity markets made slight gains in the second quarter, while the bond markets even made substantial gains. 

A decline in interest rates and low inflation rates should open up further scope for a higher valuation of the equity markets. Edgar Walk, Chief Economist at Metzler Asset Management, expects sideways movement on the European bond markets until the end of the year. Uncertainties about trade wars have left their mark on all major economies. However, should the conflicts be resolved, the USA and the euro zone would have good chances for an economic upswing in the third quarter. For China, Walk expects only sluggish growth. Japan is in a comparatively good position with favorable economic prospects.

Read more about Walk’s assessments and forecasts in his Capital Markets Outlook for the third quarter.


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Foreign policy the Chinese way

September 23, 2019 – asia:insight

To this day, the People’s Republic of China has refrained from relying on traditional allies in foreign policy. Rather, the aim is to tighten the relatively loose web of international relations. In doing so, pragmatic economic considerations often take precedence over political-ideological motives – as can be seen from China’s megaproject, the new Silk Road "One Belt, One Road". However, in view of the continuing protests in Hong Kong, China’s foreign policy strategy could reach its limits. Read more about this in Metzler’s new asia:insight.

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The longest bull market in US economic history is slowly coming to an end

Is the longest bull market in US economic history slowly coming to an end? In his Capital Markets Outlook for 2020, Edgar Walk, Chief Economist at Metzler Asset Management, outlines several scenarios for the equity markets. Overall, many factors point to a medium-term sideways trend rather than a major crash. Risks include an overheated labor market in the USA or a political shock. As there is hardly any price potential left on the global stock markets in the medium term, dividends are likely to become the main performance driver. Walk also sees a chance the euro could make up for its undervaluation against the US dollar this year.

Read more about Walk’s predictions in his market:update Annual Outlook for 2020.

Edgar Walk, Chefsvolkswirt Metzler Asset Management
Edgar Walk

joined Metzler in 2000. As Chief Economist in the Asset Management division, he is responsible for formulating our global economic outlook. Due to his close cooperation with the portfolio management, he focuses on capital market themes as well as on global economic analyses. Mr. Walk holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Tübingen in Germany and spent a semester at the University of Doshisha in Kyoto, Japan. In addition, he completed the program “Advanced Studies in International Economic Policy Research“ at the Institute of World Economy in Kiel, Germany.