Born in Munich, he first studied economics and graduated in business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in 1995. As he was involved with the stock market at a very early stage, he now has more than 30 years of experience in the capital markets. In the historic dot.com year 2000, he trained as a CEFA analyst in Frankfurt and has since then accompanied over 20 IPOs in Germany.
Until 2018, he held various positions at banks as an asset manager, capital market and macro expert as well as fundamental equity analyst. He is passionate about the energy, commodity and technology markets as well as the tactical and strategic asset allocation of liquid investment products. As an expert speaker at investment committee meetings of funds as well as at customer events, he can still describe the course of the 1987 crash, one of the major buying opportunities of the last 33 years on the stock market.
Today, he knows that the profit in shares is not necessarily the result of buying cheaply, but above all of avoiding mistakes and recognizing in good time when markets are ready to let air out. After all, in addition to basic fundamental analysis, investing in stocks is above all a phenomenon of global liquidity and this must be monitored regularly.
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27. November 2020 | 10:12 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Joe Biden is moving forward in the fight against climate change and wants to boost economic growth with a spending plan worth more than $5 trillion. He wants to start with the completely outdated American energy industry to generate carbon-free electricity by 2035. The plan reflects ideas that were taken up by some of Biden's more progressive allies during the primary elections, such as Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington. Perhaps this is even a point that cost Donald Trump a few votes.
In his plan, Biden promises to spend about $2 trillion over four years to promote his energy proposals, which is significantly more than he proposed during the primaries. In terms of content, he attaches great importance to modernizing American infrastructure and investing in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and housing as well as promoting environmental protection efforts in agriculture. Now that's an announcement!Read
26. November 2020 | 08:42 CET | by André Will-Laudien
We are currently in the early stages of 5G rollout, with a focus on developing new features and increasing network performance. It's easy to get caught up in the 5G hype, and rightly so: the benefits that 5G can offer to several technology sectors are enormous. The industry speaks in this context of the age 4.0 or IOT, meaning "internet of things" - i.e. the total networking of production with all its suppliers and customers in real-time categories. Everything is traceable, controlled and validated online - accounting is entirely automatic. However, there are still unanswered questions about the health effects of high-performance networks on people, which nobody really knows how to answer. Until we have reached a nationwide expansion stage in Germany, LTE users will continue to make up the vast majority of the operators' subscriber base and continue to generate substantial revenues. The last mile of digitization is still to come, a clear sign of a misguided industry policy.Read
25. November 2020 | 11:24 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The Bitcoin goes through the roof with USD 19.400, and Amazon & Co. is ringing the cash box. We are in Black Week - the shopping week with the highest turnover of the year. Introduced originally as Black Friday, it was the Friday following Thanksgiving, when 85% of all North Americans don't have to go to work. And what do Americans prefer to do than shop? US retailers make about 20% of their annual sales during this time because there are also early Christmas purchases. In COVID-19 times the picture is again in favour of online business. Yesterday the Black Week started with great discount offers, today the Dow Jones jubilates with new highs - we take a closer look at prominent representatives of the styling industry.Read
24. November 2020 | 10:28 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Once again gold was voted out of the market by analysts yesterday, hitting a 3-month low of USD 1,831. Deutsche Bank recently released figures on the performance of traditional markets and the crypto market following the optimistic move towards a Covid-19 vaccine. In addition to varying stock market gains with increases between 5 and 15%, Bitcoin came out as one of the biggest winners. The attractiveness of Bitcoin as an alternative hedge continues to increase according to Deutsche Bank analysts. Further gains are likely, but we should not forget the many speculators who are probably unscrupulously chasing the rocket-trend.
There seems to be a substantial increase in demand to use Bitcoin in place of gold, to hedge various dollar or inflation risks. Bitcoin and other TOP10 cryptos have gained between 20-50% in this month alone. The run is similar to the development in the years 2017-2018. Gold and silver, on the other hand, continue to show a need for consolidation, many investors are currently shifting their security investments into other areas. However, this downward movement should not continue for long, unless Bitcoin reaches the price target of USD 100,000 of the well-known Bitcoin bull Max Keiser. If not, there is, of course, a considerable need for technical corrections, which can also happen overnight due to the 24-hour trading.Read
23. November 2020 | 11:16 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Last week, Canadian star economist David Rosenberg said: "Base metals are generally the most correlated with the Chinese economy, so I would say that base metals have performed very well. The correlation between Chinese GDP and commodities is incredible. It is not difficult for me to take a constructive stance towards the base metals sector when I believe that they are the primary source of demand worldwide and that China consumes half of the world's metals."
Looking to the future, Rosenberg said that the US and the rest of the Western world must confront China's growing power and influence. "I hate to say it, but whoever the president is, he is currently facing the challenge of preventing China from capturing an ever-increasing share of global GDP."
The message is clear: In China, Covid-19 seems to have already been overcome; it is essential not to lose the connection because of the pandemic-related downturn. Overall, raw materials will, therefore play a huge role in this environment.Read
20. November 2020 | 11:10 CET | by André Will-Laudien
According to PWC, sustainability is a crucial issue for the oil and gas industry. Until now, the core of existing sustainability strategies has primarily involved compliance with regulatory requirements in the areas of health, employee well-being and safety. For some years now, renewable energies have been on the upswing, and decarbonization is the order of the day, posing new challenges for the sustainability strategies of oil and gas companies. Current climate policy, pressure from shareholders and the public, and the investment strategies of major financial institutions are forcing companies to invest in the use of "green" energy sources and reduce their emissions. Through improved technologies and processes, ecologically generated electricity is becoming increasingly competitive.
On the one hand, it can be seen as threatening, but also an opportunity for business models in the oil and gas industry. Their well-known representatives will continue to play an essential role in the global energy mix for the foreseeable future. For all companies in the industry, this situation represents a balancing act. They must develop transparent sustainability strategies to safeguard their traditional business areas. Still, at the same time, they must also take advantage of new opportunities and seize those arising from the transition to a climate-neutral economy.Read
19. November 2020 | 09:40 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Economists refer to "asset inflation" as the increase in the price of all assets. What is meant by this is the general increase in the price of all asset investment vehicles such as bonds, shares, precious metals or real estate. We make no secret of it: ALL of the objects as mentioned above are paid with newly created money, the liquidity in the system ensures quasi permanently that assets are practically subject to a permanent and continuous increase in price. Shares, for example, have risen by an average of 9% per year since 2009. Bonds measured by the Bund future are quoted at a 100-year high with negative yields and a rich real negative interest rate, yes, and real estate in good locations has more than tripled in value over the last 20 years. In Munich, for example, the average weighted price per square meter for new residential buildings is around EUR 8,500 (range EUR 5,000-16,000) - in 2000, this was still EUR 2,850. Now we come to the precious metals using gold as an example: the yellow metal cost around USD 400 per ounce in 2005 and is now worth USD 1,875, a plus of 370% in 15 years. Let's take a closer look at the world of precious metals.Read
18. November 2020 | 10:40 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The good news for automotive suppliers is that electric vehicles still only make up a small percentage of the car market - at least for now. The bad news is that the increasing spread of electric cars is a significant challenge for automotive suppliers. Since these cars have far fewer parts than those with conventional combustion engines, manufacturers of exhaust and fuel systems as well as traditional transmissions are facing significant disruptions as e-mobility takes unexpected steps forward. The crux of the matter for electricians is still the availability of charging stations and the limited mobility radius. But this will soon change rapidly once the Corona aid pots are flowing into the green infrastructure.
Nevertheless, the e-vehicle is being fueled by government emission standards and incentives, especially in the USA, England, France, Germany and China. But the battery-powered vehicles will not pose a significant threat to the combustion engines until operating costs are about the same. In especially more impoverished areas of the planet and inaccessible zones, there is no alternative to the internal combustion engine; this is completely ignored in the public discussion. While the cost of e-cars continues to fall as technology improves, they are still far from being competitive. Nevertheless, if you look at the signs of the times, car companies have already invested billions in electro-related technology, so the course for the future is set.Read
17. November 2020 | 10:34 CET | by André Will-Laudien
A key finding of a study conducted by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy shows that the older generation is more willing to make sacrifices for the climate than the younger generation. Older people are more sustainable when it comes to specific products and their usage behaviour. 88% of those over 30 want to use their things "as long as possible" - that is 9 percentage points more than younger adults.
Conversely, 18% of those under 30 say that it is essential for them to have the latest products. That is 8 percentage points more than among older age groups. The researchers evaluated the representative surveys according to the age of the respondents - with a clear result: thanks to the bank, older people are more environmentally conscious than the younger generation. The throw-away society is thus a manifestation of time and a sign of abundance. It is clear that such trends call for Greta movements in particular, and the economists among us are well aware that growth means sacrifice, and that in most cases that "little bit more" is at the expense of our planet.
16. November 2020 | 09:48 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The news of a vaccine against Corona with a success rate of 90% caused markets to skyrocket since last Monday. While the Dow Jones and the S&P set 500 new records, gold plummeted by as much as USD 118 in one day. Gold's most significant daily drop in more than seven years also wiped out its breakout from a 3-month downward wedge last Friday.
As gold futures closed below USD 1,890 this week on the Comex, the strong sell-off below this support brings with it the possibility that the zone between USD 1,750 and USD 1,800 will be tested again before the correction of the safe-haven metal's large gains finds a significant bottom. The gold futures base of USD 1,800 has technically become a critical support level, an area that dates back to the bull market of 2008.Read
13. November 2020 | 12:40 CET | by André Will-Laudien
After only three days, disillusionment already! The winners of yesterday are the losers of today. Since Monday's vaccination rocket, the markets have been hanging around up there, looking to see if any more buyers have left the sickbed of the last bear market. Unfortunately, no, the case is rather that airlines are, on average, down 5% again and a battered TUI is looking for further state aid which pushes the price back towards 4 euros. The problematic week began as the Dow rose by 4% to a new record high, and yields on ten-year government bonds shot up by almost 17% in a single day as investors relinquished security. Oil prices rose by 8% as people now believe that the stalled economy is coming back to life.
Meanwhile, the US dollar index rose by about 60 basis points, while even some exotic currencies with higher beta jumped too. Of course, some gold and silver enthusiasts wonder if a vaccine is enough to kill both the Covid-19 virus and the bull market in precious metals as gold and silver lost between 5 and 9%. However, if you look at the markets today, the chances are that smart money, in particular, will start to buy the dips in the precious metals.Read
12. November 2020 | 11:33 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Small clearance sale! On wild vaccine Monday, the price of gold fell nearly USD 100 but has so far held at the critical support level of USD 1,850 after Pfizer and BioNTech announced a potential vaccine against the COVID-19 virus. Many investors hold gold and silver (also beaten by 7%) as crisis protection. This can go wrong in the short term - but in the long term, it is exciting.
"The virus may disappear, but that doesn't mean that economic growth will turn around on a cent," said Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank. "A lot of damage has been done that cannot be easily repaired or will take a long time to fix". That's just the way it is - COVID-19 changes a lot of things, especially the risk mentality of people. The economies have to go in new directions in 2021/22.Read
11. November 2020 | 13:55 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The stock markets are on a rollercoaster ride - so are the cryptocurrencies. For the past 48 hours or so, the stock markets have experienced unparalleled volatility. While some stocks are taking off in the hope of a quick end to the pandemic, others are losing ground, while in recent months have been able to benefit from the pandemic restrictions. The crypto world is even more volatile, but the individual coins are developing very differently. Up-to-date there are according to CoinMarketCap.com 7,637 Coins, which are traded on 32,540 markets and represent an added value of USD 441.2 billion. The old father of the movement, the "Bitcoin" stands alone for USD 282.7 billion or 64% of the total market. It has grown by 60% in 2020. Service providers and payment processors are active in this market, but with different objectives. PayPal announced its entry a few weeks ago, and now the hunt for successors begins. We take a look at the protagonists of this not so new market segment.Read
10. November 2020 | 10:10 CET | by André Will-Laudien
That was a slap in the face today! BioNtech was just around the corner with the Covid-19 vaccination and the safety-oriented investors hit the precious metals again. Gold yesterday lost 4.9% to USD 1,853 after USD 1,952 the day before, and silver was slaughtered by 7.9% to USD 23.7. It has been a long time since the precious metals were hit. The paper-oriented investments in gold followed the announcement with considerable discounts to the south. But, the autumnal precious metal fairs suggest a grumbling. Most gold and silver mines have done their homework in the last 3 years and reduced production costs substantially.Read
09. November 2020 | 11:08 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Telecommunication today is an inexpensive service that we take for granted. In the past, however, international calling was an exciting affair. I can still remember the time before the mobile telephone. It was 1990, in Death Valley, United States with a temperature of almost 50 degrees, there was a Pacific Bell coin-operated telephone which only accepted quarters (US 25 cent coins). When dialling a German number, the operator said: "Please insert USD 4.75 to proceed with this call." Prepared for this, with 19 quarters, one would insert the coins and wait under the plexiglass hood for the connection. One congratulated a family member on their birthday or exchanged a brief update on a vacation and then after 1 minute 30 seconds the call would end. At the very least, the relatives 9,100 km away had received a sign of life. All is well!Read
06. November 2020 | 11:35 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Goldman Sachs is bullish for the commodity sector! In a memo to its clients, analysts predict a weaker dollar, rising inflation and additional monetary and fiscal policy incentives as reasons for a possible recovery in commodity prices. For the S&P GSCI, which tracks 24 commodities from all commodity sectors, a return of 30 percent is forecast over 12 months. Industrial metals, such as copper, could gain 5 percent, precious metals 18 percent and energy more than 42 percent. Goldman forecasts an average gold price of USD 2,300 per ounce in 2021, while silver is forecast to average USD 30 per ounce. Hear, hear - such a thing rarely comes from an investment bank!Read
05. November 2020 | 11:06 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Strategic metals are indispensable. They are very rare in the earth's crust and only occur in certain places. For the free economy, there is a procurement problem per se, because, on the one hand, China has the largest reserves, on the other hand, the states intervene in the distribution of the existing quotas. In times of a pandemic, mine closures lead to minor shortages in these metals, but prices are usually negotiated with buyers on a long-term basis. Since the metals usually cannot be procured in alternative ways, it is in everyone's interest to improve the supply situation. But how to procure, if not steal...?Read
04. November 2020 | 13:44 CET | by André Will-Laudien
New times have dawned. In the USA, after the current stock market correction, people are celebrating a small upswing as if it were the latest landing on the moon. Yes, there were useful GDP data, after 6 months of negative figures October joined the ranks with a growth of +33.1% - but the levelled annual level is still a good 27% below the previous year. The next lockdown is imminent, which will inevitably come after the election given the new infection figures of 92,000 a day. The now noticeable recovery reflects the hard reset of the economy after the sharp declines since March. The stock market is betting that the economy will regain size in a few quarters. However, one should bear in mind the dowry: Exploding unemployment and the unprecedented national debt has been rampant for 12 years and is now being legitimized by the fight against the pandemic!Read
02. November 2020 | 09:41 CET | by André Will-Laudien
That was a rain of numbers last week. Almost all technology companies reported their figures for the third quarter - the absolute negative outlier was SAP. After a small sales warning for its cloud business, the share price slumped by 27% over the week and, at EUR 90, almost reached the level of the March correction. Overall, it was not a good week for technology stocks worldwide. A whole 5% sent down the most watched NDX with the popular FAANG shares. Apple and Facebook, the absolute investor favourites, have built dangerous chart technical summit formations, while the German wallstreet:online AG shines with good figures and a delightful stock split.Read
30. October 2020 | 13:14 CET | by André Will-Laudien
For investors who are always dealing with new trend topics, there is now the "FreightTech" corner from the technology sector. The term describes the technology to improve freight, shipping and logistics. The trend has been on the radar of venture capital companies for several years, and institutional investments are on the rise. "Online commerce" is now driving the headlines currently, which during the Covid 19 pandemic more than exceeded previous expectations. With the latest contact restrictions, people are doing much more from home - making logistics companies the absolute winners of the pandemic. Global consultants and experts in transportation, such as Roland Berger, are calling on established players to understand their environment better, to master the adaptation of current business models and challenges posed by changing market dynamics. We take a closer look...Read
29. October 2020 | 13:36 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Six months ago, leading oil producers and the G20 energy ministers met to coordinate an emergency package of production cuts. The aim was to at least compensate for the drop in demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, it was impossible to know how significant the damage from the pandemic would be and for how long a real recovery would take. Now the production is somewhat lower, and existing oil stocks are gradually fading, but the uncertain prospects remain, as can be seen from the very low forward prices. In the longer term, producers are currently not very encouraged, as the curve shows that prices are unlikely to reach the USD 50.00 per barrel mark by the end of 2023. Those who want to bring about a shortage in the oil market have a monster task ahead of them, because "there is plenty of oil and a slowing economy".Read
27. October 2020 | 10:17 CET | by André Will-Laudien
By the end of 2020, the drug market is expected to more than double to USD 1.3 trillion, with the E7 countries - Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and Turkey - accounting for about one-fifth of global drug sales. Also, the incidence of chronic diseases in developing countries will increasingly resemble that in industrialized countries. The evidence is abundant that the pharmaceutical industry business model is both economically unsustainable and operationally lethargic to produce the types of innovative treatments demanded by global markets. The industry must fundamentally change the way it operates to take full advantage of future growth opportunities. PwC's management consultants expect the industry to shift its focus from treatment to prevention. The traditional blockbuster sales model will disappear, and sophisticated direct sales channels will diminish the role of wholesalers. Let's take a closer look!Read
26. October 2020 | 11:10 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Gold fluctuates with every political news item like never before. Let's take a quick look at the chart technique to understand the recent movements. After a three-part downtrend since August 2020, which pushed gold from a new record high of USD 2,074.00 to support at USD 1,850.00, a recovery began at this level in late September. It initially moved the gold price to the hurdle at USD 1,920.00 in early October. After a short, sharp correction, the gold price gained momentum once more, reaching the USD 1,935.00 resistance level. However, there was a further slide in the price on Friday, with the entire previous week's profit being equalized again with closing prices around USD 1,902.00. It will be exciting to see how gold performs in the election campaign for the US presidency. We are looking at some exciting gold stocks.Read
23. October 2020 | 14:24 CET | by André Will-Laudien
When markets are particularly volatile, as they were, investors often turn to precious metals because they promise stability and value retention. For hundreds of years, gold has been one of the most valuable metals for the protection of assets. Because of its intrinsic value, gold is generally less volatile than the market as a whole. In short, gold can be a useful way to cushion speculative turns on the stock market. So the Portfolio Theory!
The diversification of your own portfolio with precious metal investments is a favored trading method. Since March, the gold price has risen continuously until summer. At the beginning of August, the gold price reached a new all-time high of around USD 2,000 per ounce. A large number of commodity analysts, however, have stated that the value of gold still holds considerable surprises until 2025, making gold mines a perfect vehicle to profit from this trend.
21. October 2020 | 11:45 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Physical gold inventories have increased steadily over the past decades and are currently at their highest levels. Namely because gold, unlike other raw materials, is practically indestructible and is not consumed except in small quantities in medicine or high-tech. As a result, the global amount of gold is continually increasing. The supposedly highest gold reserves are in the USA, where the government claims to have about 8,133 tons or 287 million ounces. Germany has the second-largest amount of gold reserves with 3,417 tons or 120 million ounces, followed by the International Monetary Fund with 3,217 tons (113 million ounces). The gold price has experienced a sharp increase in recent years. After exceeding the USD 1,000.00 per ounce mark for the first time in March 2008, it had already reached just over USD 2,000.00 per ounce by mid-2020. Investors can invest in the precious metal through derivatives, ETCs, mining stocks, or physical gold.Read
20. October 2020 | 11:19 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The largest reserves of helium are owned and managed on a long-term basis by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In 2013, it announced that it would start auctioning off an increasing percentage of the reserve each year. The public auction stopped as early as August 2018 due to the exhaustion of the reserve, and it removed a very significant part of the existing supply from the market. Steady demand and lower production in the USA have led to a tight supply situation worldwide. Helium markets have been quite volatile in recent years, with three years of global shortages in the period 2011-2013, followed by two years of measurable oversupply. It seems to be turning around again, as we have been measuring rising demand for 5 years. Helium has a wide range of applications in medicine, industry, and computer technology.Read
19. October 2020 | 10:24 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The crypto world is constantly developing, and the user numbers are increasing considerably. The more the discussion about the abolition of cash takes shape, the more people are interested in a liquid alternative means of payment. Even if system critics hold on to gold, once certain acceptance hurdles have been overcome, cryptocurrencies must be said to have grown rapidly. In 2016 there were less than 10 million registered wallets with cryptocurrencies, since the end of 2019 this number exploded to over 40 million, an increase of 300% in three years. Compared to other key figures, especially concerning the Bitcoin exchange rate, this number seems low, but there is an anticipation of further growth.Read
16. October 2020 | 11:20 CET | by André Will-Laudien
If a company today does not shine with exclusivity, it floats with the masses. Once overlooked, the brand name is not even enough for successful poster advertising. It's different for the world market leaders, the blockbusters of the New Economy. Having gotten used to the smartphone in childhood, today's young people know all the features of the mobile companions. Time in the real world is dwindling, as life online is much more colourful, moving, and captivating - second-hand living is becoming the dominant daily routine. No wonder that the Companies that created this world for us are among the most expensive stocks on the stock market - because they have turned the relationship between man and machine into a perfect business model.Read
15. October 2020 | 13:30 CET | by André Will-Laudien
According to research by IDTechEx (2020), the introduction of electric traction motors in road vehicles will lead to a significant increase in copper demand over the next ten years. The study commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) shows that by 2030, the windings in electric traction motors in electric vehicles will require over 250,000 tonnes of copper per year. The increase in copper demand follows the development of the global automotive market, where pure battery-electric cars are due to gain the largest share of the market at the expense of internal combustion engines and hybrid vehicles. By 2030, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will account for 19% of the total market, which, according to IDTechEx, will rise to 72% by 2040.Read
13. October 2020 | 13:34 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The global economy moving at different speeds. In the USA, the ISM index for services is once again expanding slightly. In China, the mood in the service industry is once again pointing to a veritable recovery. In the eurozone, the economic sentiment examined by the analyst firm, Sentix, remains robust but without any new highs. Even with the rising infection rate, the pandemic will come to an end eventually. In Germany, economic data such as industrial orders, production, and exports, showed a slight slowdown in August. Nevertheless, the stock markets are swinging to new heights daily, as the latent threat from the infection necessitates further liquidity packages from governments. This monetary policy continues to imply very low-interest rates, a weakening USD, and rising inflation expectations. This environment should keep the demand for precious metals at least at a high level, so we remain on the lookout.Read
12. October 2020 | 07:48 CET | by André Will-Laudien
E-mobility drives alternative energies. All efforts to make the world even simpler and more technical are driving electrical energy consumption to undreamt-of heights. The largest consumer is the industry with a share of 42%, followed by private households with 27% and commerce with 22% (others 8%). To generate this demand, the worldwide share of renewable energies has risen from 5.7 to 13.6% in the last ten years. The 20% mark is expected to be reached in 2025. The most important producer of renewable energy is China, with 759 gigawatts per year, uncatchable, followed by the USA, Brazil, and India. Germany is ahead of Canada, in 5th place, with 125 gigawatts. Wind power has a global share of about 1.5%, water 2.5% - oil as the leading energy source still has a high 32% share.Read
09. October 2020 | 12:27 CET | by André Will-Laudien
German premium manufacturers have sold more cars again. Strong sales in China and catch-up results have brought BMW, Audi, and Daimler rising deliveries and sales in the third quarter. However, the Mercedes brand received tailwind mainly from the domestic market. Overall, sales climbed 3.9% to 613,770 vehicles in the last three months. But, nine-month sales are still down almost 10% as a result of the First Half 2020 slump in unit sales due to the corona-related lockdown. Nevertheless, the three big players are leaving the deep corona hole behind for the time being, as the figures published on Wednesday and Tuesday show. Overall, BMW fared best, with the Munich-based company and its subsidiary Mini, achieving sales of 675,680 cars between July and September - an increase of 8.6% over the same period last year. The main driver was a strong business in Asia. BMW also achieved a 7.1% increase in Europe. The USA and North America, on the other hand, remained clearly in the red. It is good to hear that the bottom is likely to be in our rearview mirror!Read
07. October 2020 | 12:24 CET | by André Will-Laudien
When someone talks about the largest commodities market in the world, they mean the oil market. Every day, almost 100 million barrels of black gold are produced and delivered worldwide, even though Elon Musk adamantly claims "Oil is out!” - He would be particularly well advised to find out how many oil products are used in a Tesla. More than 300 components are made of oil derivatives. According to British Petroleum, undoubtedly one of the major players in the industry, the global oil demand peaked in 2019. In its annual energy outlook, the energy company predicts a global decline in oil demand but a strong gas demand until 2050. Renewable energies are the fastest-growing energy sources over the next 30 years.Read
06. October 2020 | 11:02 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The stock market is continually reinventing itself. Last week, no one wanted to bite the bullet, and prices trended down across the board. Even favourites from the technology corner like Tesla and Apple had to give up at short notice. On Monday, we took a deep breath after Donald Trump once again had enough oxygen. The major stock exchanges increased with a good 1-2% growth, and the Nasdaq even ticked up a bit more. Is the correction over? We don't know, but it's worth taking a look at old acquaintances we haven't had on our radar for some time.Read
05. October 2020 | 11:02 CET | by André Will-Laudien
It could not have come more bizarre. Donald Trump leaves for medical care because of a positive Covid-19 test; the capital markets promptly go diving. The most significant protagonist in terms of trivialization is himself subject to infection, a showpiece of presidential role model function. Now we hear that the cool head of state will soon recover - he must, because the U.S. election is already casting its shadow. In the search for stability, precious metals were able to succeed in the face of falling stock markets. Gold reached the USD 1,900 mark again, and silver touched the USD 24 mark. In Friday's late trading, the situation for stocks normalized after the 2% decline in Europe, and the Dow Jones regained the significant 27,700 point mark.Read
02. October 2020 | 10:45 CET | by André Will-Laudien
The US-Department of Labor did not have good news to share yesterday. Although the number of initial applications for benefits from the US unemployment insurance scheme decreased in the week ending September 26, seasonally adjusted, it still amounted to 837,000, which was then corrected upward to 873,000. Compared to the previous week, this is only 36,000 fewer than previously reported. 11.77 million people now receive unemployment benefits in the USA. The gold market has known for a while now of the huge hole in the public coffers, due to the economic slump of over 30%, created by the pandemic. The latest market correction is complete, and it is heading north again at rates of over USD 1,900.00.Read
23. September 2020 | 11:14 CET | by André Will-Laudien
A study commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) shows that by 2030 more than 250,000 tonnes of copper per year will be used as part of the windings in electric motors for all types of vehicles. Added to this is the long-established copper requirement in all conventional electrical appliances, electricity storage systems, generators and, last but not least, in construction, where the patina of roof and rain pipe structures is concerned. Copper is ubiquitous and yet one of the rarest metals on this globe. Current production is around 20 million tonnes of copper per year but is tending to decline by 5% per year due to mine exploitation and closures. South America is the largest copper producer in the world. According to official resource estimates, about 40% of the total copper deposits worldwide are in South and Central America, especially in Chile. The spot price of the rare metal has risen by a staggering 55% since the corona collapse in March and recently reached a new annual high.Read
21. September 2020 | 07:35 CET | by André Will-Laudien
Hydrogen is the better alternative to batteries - No other topic like hydrogen is causing the waves on the stock market to beat as hard as they have done recently. The supporters of clean air, CO2 reduction, and ongoing greenhouse gas discussions see battery technology only as a temporary hype, which was started by Tesla in particular. The industry has long known that battery technology will always remain "unclean", because its production and subsequent disposal alone consumes many times more resources than technologies that have long been available, such as water electrolysis, i.e. the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen. If we consider the fuel diesel, with a share in transport of over 90%, a much more efficient and environmentally friendly combustion process can be designed by using these highly reactive elements. The energy efficiency of the electrolysis of water is over 70%. It is therefore essential that companies such as Tesla and Nikola actively strive for these findings given the wide-ranging discussions on sustainability. But Daimler also recently declared that it does not want to simply let the sleepy trend toward e-mobility standstill and will rely on hydrogen as the technology of the future.Read