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  1. China’s growth stalled in 2022, but its unexpectedly strong fourth-quarter figures gave hope for this year
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  3. Goldman Sachs’s quarterly results missed expectations by a mile

Hopping And Splashing

Hopping And Splashing

What’s Going On Here?

Data out on Tuesday showed that China’s economy expanded by 3% in 2022 – the slowest rate of growth, excluding the pandemic years, for nearly half a century.

What Does This Mean?

Spending most of 2022 cooped up in lockdowns meant that China was always going to have a tough time hitting its ambitious growth target of 5.5%. And let's face it, the 3% that the country did achieve is pretty glacial by its own track record (tweet this). In fact, last year’s growth marked the first time in decades that the world as a whole outpaced China’s economic performance. But it’s not a total sob story: the country had a bit more pep in its step as the year drew to a close, and the fourth quarter’s growth actually outstripped economists’ predictions. So sure, Covid’s still a nuisance in China, but this weekend ushers in the year of the water rabbit, supposedly bringing patience and prosperity – so the country just might have luck on its side.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming out: See-saw.
Now that China’s reopening, there's one worry niggling at economists’ minds: whether this move will help or hinder the fight against inflation. See, some experts think that a reopened, re-invigorated China will be extra-thirsty for resources like oil, sending prices skyward. But others point out that an unfettered China could lead to unclogged supply chains and free-flowing goods, easing price pressures instead. Time will tell which factor packs a bigger punch…

The bigger picture: Baby bust.
China's one-child policy was scrapped in 2016, so you might expect the birth rate to be booming – especially given the boredom and pent-up energy that lockdowns entail. But China's population actually fell for the first time in 60 years in 2022, and that’s a problem. Just ask Japan: now labeled “the land of the setting sun”, its slipping population has held economic growth back for a generation. Maybe it’s time for a three-child policy.

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Analyst Take

Stocks May Be Ready For A Breakout, According To These Three Indicators

Stocks May Be Ready For A Breakout, According To These Three Indicators

By Russell Burns, Analyst

We’re only a couple of weeks into 2023, but the S&P 500 is already dropping hints that this year could be an interesting one. 

And if  – like me – you’re obsessed with charts, you might have already noticed this

If not, let me show you three major technical indicators, and explain what they say about the potential for a stock market rally.

That’s today’s Insight: the three technical indicators that are pointing to a higher S&P 500.

Read or listen to the Insight here


New Year, new economy

Well, maybe.

The threat of a portfolio-busting recession is sticking around, so you might want to hold some defensive stocks – that’s ones like defense, tobacco, and pharmaceuticals.

But headache-inducing inflation is expected to let up later this year, as are stock-denting interest rates. In that case, you might want to pick up some so-called recovery stocks.

That leaves you with a heap of options, so maybe this will help: IG has released its top defense and recovery picks for the upcoming year.

Get the rundown today: discover what IG’s backing this year.

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All That Glitters Is Not Goldman

All That Glitters Is Not Goldman

What’s Going On Here?

Investment bank Goldman Sachs reported some seriously disappointing fourth-quarter results on Tuesday.

What Does This Mean?

Goldman Sachs isn’t alone in laying off workers, but it has been wielding the job-cutting ax with particular gusto compared to other Wall Street residents. And now we know exactly why: the firm missed profit expectations by a country mile, which had a lot to do with slumping investment banking and asset management fees. That’s probably why the firm’s trying its best to Ctrl Z the hiring spree it went on when dealmaking was at its height – slashing jobs and other costs left, right, and center. But that frenzy’s come a bit late in the day, and some investors might not be impressed by Goldman’s Johnny-come-lately cost-cutting antics.

Why Should I Care?

For markets: No rush for gold.
The world of investment banking is cyclical, and trading revenues and advisory fees ebb and flow – so by the time the results roll in, last quarter’s earnings are already ancient history. That means it’s not the quarterly sprint that counts: it’s all about the multi-year marathon. So sure, last quarter’s numbers were a disappointment – but Goldman’s a finely-tuned long-distance runner, and there isn’t any finish line in sight. Long-term shareholders know that too, which could be why the firm’s share price is still trading near all-time highs.

The bigger picture: Banks bounce back.
After the financial crisis hit, experts worried that investment banks’ best days were behind them, and predicted they’d never see pre-recession profit levels again. But the Wall Street titans clawed their way back, and of the five most famous banking firms, only Citigroup’s share price has been outstripped by the S&P 500 over the last ten years. That’s quite a feat for the industry, especially given that it seems to have ditched the profitable but questionable moves that landed it in hot water before.

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