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A pause for breath

After rising to their highest point since record lows in 2020 last week, the upward momentum in US treasury yields paused. Despite this pause, Jerome Powell stated that Federal Reserve officials have been monitoring the rise in yields since January but rejected claims that it warranted concerns.

EU resumes use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The US Federal Reserve sharply upgraded their growth expectations for the US economy in 2021 from 4.2% to 6.5% despite cautioning that a full recovery from the impact of the pandemic was distant and would require ultra-easy monetary policy.

IHG: FOCUS ON QUALITY PAYS OFF INVESTMENTS

When share prices plummet as they did in the first quarter of last year, it’s not always easy to make a convincing case for continuing to hold a good-quality, but hard-hit company – especially one in the beleaguered hospitality sector. A year ago, we not only held on to but strengthened our position in Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Global security and the dangers at large

Gone are the days when we could see our enemy coming and protect ourselves using military might. Today, the weapons threatening our national security are largely invisible and can be unleashed from any corner of the globe. Hostile actors can use our own data, influence and public perception against us in an increasingly alarming manner.

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