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Batten down the hatches – it’s time to get defensive

12/02/2019 · Direct Line Insurance Group (DLG)  · Hikma (HIK)  · Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) 

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Global economic figures are causing distress, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to abandon the stock market

The global economy is cooling; concerns about a full-blown US China trade war have hurt business confidence; and, in Europe, even the might of the German industrial machine has started to sputter. Conditions for the global equity market therefore don’t look particularly inspiring.

According to Pictet Asset Management, expectations for corporate profits are heading lower – worldwide, there are now about five analyst earnings downgrades for every upgrade. “We consider that earnings will grow 5% this…

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