Weekly Summaries

Weekly Summaries

Week Ahead – Geopolitics and Trade Tensions

Market Overview Geopolitics and trade tensions rattled the markets throughout last week. We saw a rebound on Friday in the stock markets on some positive trade comments that allowed risk sentiment to take control. Week Ahead The start of the week will be relatively quiet with a public holiday in the UK and the US. The focus will be on the Europe...

May 27, 2019
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Weekly Summary – China’s Major Tech Companies

US- China Trade Tensions Trade tensions are taking new dimensions with China’s major technology companies dominating headlines and weighing heavily on risk sentiment. As we progressed through the week, the markets turned risk-off over a number of escalating trade issues: Google surprised the markets when he agreed to comply with the restrict...

May 24, 2019
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Week Ahead – Australia’s Unexpected Election Outcome

Market Overview It was a hectic week with ratcheting trade tensions, and investors were caught in the tug-of-war between China and the US. The Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Huawei while on China side, there were talks on the large sale of US Treasuries amongst others. Week Ahead – Australia’s Unexpected Election Outcome Stock...

May 20, 2019
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Weekly Summary – Trade Tensions Lingers

Trade Tensions Lingers It was another hectic week with trade tensions at the forefront of investors’ minds. The week started with more threatening tweets from President Trump, while China retaliated with more tariffs on US goods. Trade Tensions – Change of Tone After a harsh approach, President Trump adopted a softer tone as we progressed int...

May 17, 2019
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Week Ahead – Retaliation from China?

This week , the focus will remain on the trade tensions between China and the US. Monday morning has kicked off with President Trump’s tweets on how China is “ripping off America”. Investors will likely be caught off in the tug-of-war between the world two largest economies and will remain defensive as they await retaliation from China. ...

May 13, 2019
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Weekly Summary – The Clock is Ticking

The Clock is Ticking - Brexit and Tariffs Trade tensions and Brexit noises reverberated across the global markets this week. The simmering frictions between Washington have been rattled the global stock market this week. “The S&P500 is poised for its worst week since before Christmas.” Trade Tensions Twist – “Beautiful Letter” ...

May 10, 2019
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Weekly Summary – Trade Hopes

After a first-quarter rally driven by dovish central banks and trade optimism, global growth concerns crept into the financial markets towards the end of March and set a watchful tone for the second quarter. Despite signs of a slowing global economy, global stocks posted the best quarter since 2010. Flashing red signals dampened risk sentimen...

April 5, 2019
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Week Ahead – Busy start to the Second Quarter

Market Overview Fears of a recession dominated the whole of last week because of the inversion of the US treasury yield curve between the 10-year and 3- month rates. Last week, we discussed the uncertainties of using the inverted yield curve as an indicator of a recession and mentioned the importance of monitoring economic data to evaluate the...

March 31, 2019
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Weekly Summary – Bond Market

It was a packed week with a slew of economic releases, central bank speeches and Brexit- related headlines. However, the bonds markets were the centre of attention as investors were trying to evaluate the current situation of the yield curve and its impact on the financial markets. Inverted Yield Curve The rally in bonds gained momentum througho...

March 29, 2019
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Week Ahead – Packed Economic Calendar

Market Overview Heading into the last week of the first quarter of 2019, it is worth noticing that the stock rout in the markets on Friday happened despite a dovish Fed that wiped out the possibilities of any interest rate hikes 2019. What happened on Friday? Well, Global markets tumbled on Friday following an inversion of the yield curve. Lo...

March 25, 2019
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Weekly Summary – Brexit and the Federal Reserve

It was a packed week with a slew of economic releases, central bank meetings and Brexit. The Federal Reserve and Brexit were the highlights of the week. Brexit Investors were gearing up for a third vote this week. However, the Speaker John Bercow blocked the Prime Minister to vote on the deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed....

March 22, 2019
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Week Ahead – Central Banks and Brexit

Market Overview The stock markets had a strong finish, and nearly all benchmarks ended the week in positive territory. News flows on Brexit and trade were optimistic and drove the financial markets on Friday. In the FX markets, nearly all G10 currencies were higher against the US dollar. Week Ahead - Central Banks and Brexit Monday It will be a...

March 18, 2019
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Weekly Summary -Messy Brexit Week

Messy Brexit Week It was a calmer week for Wall Street. The Volatility Index was at its lowest since October 2018. However, the momentum slowed down and the US shares took a breather on Thursday whereby we saw a quieter session amid a lack of drivers to push the rally. Source: Bloomberg Equity markets In the Asian markets, trading was choppy ...

March 15, 2019
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Weekly Summary -Sluggish Global Growth

The economic data releases this week brought back the fears of slowing global growth. The central banks’ statements were also turned around the growth concerns. After two months of rally, investors had little to maintain the bullish momentum.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Trade Balance Australia  We saw a slew of economic data which ...

March 8, 2019
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Week Ahead – Central Banks and NFP

Market Overview Geopolitics and Hanoi Summit was the main focus last week which mostly drove the financial markets. Most importantly, the trade deadline has been delayed which brought some relief in the markets. The comments during the weekend from President Trump grasped attention and set an interesting start for the week. “We have a gent...

March 4, 2019
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