Concerns over Spain, high oil prices and the speed of an economic slowdown in China will lead to a shift in investor sentiment in the second quarter, prompting a pause in the rally that saw markets climb to multi-year highs in the first quarter of 2012, analysts said on Monday.
Recent economic data suggest the U.S. economy will power ahead of Europe in the first half of 2012, with consumers growing increasingly confident and boosting activity in the former while more reforms are needed in the latter to boost growth, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report on Thursday.
As Sarkozy struggles to establish a firm lead in the polls, and with France’s euro zone commitments potentially at stake with the election, it has become more important than ever for investors to know his two key rivals are.
In Stanley Gibbons’ world famous London stamp shop, collectors marvel at the rare “plate 77 penny red” stamp while turmoil rages far away in the financial markets. The rare stamp, seen as the holy grail of stamps from Great Britain, costs nearly $900,000 – a sizeable investment and one that an increasing number of investors are considering as an alternatives to today’s unstable markets.
Rising oil prices have displaced Greece as a source of investor anxiety, a new HSBC report says, warning that if the trend of rising oil prices persists, a fragile economic recovery in the developed world could quickly be derailed and inflation could return to emerging markets.
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