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Who would have thought that: In the twelve-month comparison of the values from the German stock index, two companies dominate that can generally be counted among the bores of dividend stocks: The utility RWE leads the list with a 24.7 percent plus, followed by it Deutsche Telekom with 16.1 percent. Crazy stock market world? You could say that. How could it be otherwise when the situation in the real world is also capricious? The war in Ukraine, massive increases in energy prices, inflation unprecedented in the western world, the endless pandemic - all of this has consequences for investments beyond the stock market.
More and more savers are at a loss when faced with this initial situation. What is the best way to invest your money so that it is not completely devalued within a few years due to rising inflation? WELT AM SONNTAG offers support for its readers in this difficult situation. Together with the Federal Association of German Banks, it has been giving them the opportunity twice a year for more than three decades to have their questions on the subject of investments answered individually by experts. It's that time again this Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a total of seven experts selected by the banking association and employed by member banks – five on the phone (costs: six cents per connection), two in online chat – will be available to answer readers’ questions. You can find the chat behind this link.
One of the key issues for investors in recent months has been the development of the inflation rate. In Germany, the corresponding value is currently 10.4 percent. The deposits of the savers are thus devalued to this extent. It is of little consolation that the commercial banks are starting to pay interest on deposits again – in real terms, i.e. after deducting the inflation rate, the return on invested money remains clearly in negative territory. In response to inflation, which the central banks in particular had described as a “temporary phenomenon” well into 2022, the central banks have started to raise interest rates – albeit in some cases far too late. Money should become more expensive so that the demand for goods and services falls and prices fall again.
The measures taken by the central banks also affect the shareholders. High-growth companies in particular, such as US technology stocks, which have been hyped for a long time, suffered from the interest rate hikes because their future profits are discounted with higher interest rates, which is reflected in an adjustment in valuations. Commodity stocks, which according to the much-cited principles of sustainable investment (the so-called ESG criteria) should actually have poorer return prospects in the future, are suddenly in demand and successful again. Markets went into rally mode on Thursday as participants speculated that inflation may have peaked, at least in the US. But is the interpretation sustainable? How should investors now deal with the situation on the stock exchange?
But the steps taken by the central banks also have massive consequences for prospective property buyers and owners. Anyone who thought about buying a house or apartment was faced with a new reality in view of the rapid increase in yields on the bond market and the correspondingly sharp increase in interest on loans. Whole financing collapsed, banks withdrew their commitments if purchase contracts were not signed and sealed quickly enough, and for many the equity they had saved was suddenly no longer sufficient. How is it still possible to buy or finance home ownership under the changed conditions?
However, questions from the readers may also relate to all other areas of investment. Whether it's about account details, gold as a safe haven in the crisis of paper currencies, cryptocurrencies related to bitcoin or overnight money: call or use the chat, our experts will be happy to answer your questions. In the coming week, WELT AM SONNTAG will publish the most exciting questions and answers.
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