Weekly Summaries

Weekly Summaries

The Month of February

The different looming deadlines were hovering over the financial markets throughout the month of February. US-China trade and Brexit negotiations were therefore high on the agenda. There were a few meetings between Beijing and Washington, and the news that emerged were relatively positive. Brexit headlines were also all over the place with cont...

March 1, 2019
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Week Ahead -The Looming Deadlines

Market Overview Investors had much information to digest across the week, but towards the end of the week, they hung on to signs of trade progress that kept the risk sentiment afloat. The equity markets were mostly in the green for the week even though in some cases, the weekly advance was not impressive. In the FX markets, the US dollar regain...

February 25, 2019
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Weekly Summary -Another Week of Geopolitics

The week was predominantly on trade issues, Brexit, China’s coal ban, and the minutes of the Federal Reserve. Geopolitics Remain At The Forefront The geopolitical headlines largely drove risk sentiment in the financial markets again this week. Investors were cautiously optimistic about the dominant geopolitical headlines. US -China trade ta...

February 22, 2019
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Week Ahead – Central Banks Minutes

Market Overview The week had ended on a positive note lifted by the trade headlines on Friday. The US Congress also voted on a spending bill which brought some relief despite the declaration of a national emergency. Risk sentiment buoyed on Friday as investors found some comfort on the trade front and the avoidance of another US government shut...

February 17, 2019
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Weekly Summary – A Week of Geopolitics

The week was primarily dominated by trade talks, Brexit, the news on the declaration of the national emergency in the US amid a slew of economic data releases and the earnings season.  Geopolitics at the forefront The geopolitical headlines largely drove risk sentiment in the financial markets. Confidence was slowly restored across the first ha...

February 15, 2019
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Week Ahead – Looming deadlines – Trade Talks, Border Wall and Brexit

Market Overview Risk sentiment soured towards the end of the week as fears of global growth resurfaced. There were more downgrades from central banks- the Reserve Bank of Australia, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England. Week Ahead - Looming deadlines: Trade Talks, Border Wall and Brexit Trade Talks A new round of trade negotiation...

February 11, 2019
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Weekly Summary – More downgrades forecasts

Amid holiday closures in Asia and subdued price action in the financial markets, it was a busy week on the economic calendar and attention was mainly on Australia, the US and the UK. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Royal Commission Australia stands out this week with a series of economic data releases across the week, the first RBA meeting a...

February 8, 2019
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Week Ahead – Central Banks and Earnings

Market Overview It was an interesting week on the geopolitical and economic front. Investors were busy with the earnings season, trade talks, Brexit and the Fed. It ended on a big beat on the Nonfarm payrolls. Week Ahead - Central Banks and Earnings Central Banks  The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and Bank of England (BoE) will be in the li...

February 3, 2019
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Weekly Summary – An eventful end of the Month

It was an interesting week on the geopolitical and economic front. Investors were busy with the earnings season, trade talks, Brexit and the Fed. Earnings Season We started the week with profit warnings from Caterpillar and Nvidia. Caterpillar missed revenue expectations for the first time in a decade and exacerbated fears of slowing global grow...

February 1, 2019
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Weekly Summary – IMF Warnings and Conflicting Trade News

Amid a busy calendar, the IMF growth warnings have been the primary driver of risk sentiment during the course of the week. Towards the second half of the week, investors seem to be driven and supported by the earnings season and a deluge of conflicting trade news which were more on the positive side on Friday.  IMF warnings The World Economic ...

January 25, 2019
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Week Ahead -Brexit Plan B and Central Banks

Market Overview It was a hectic week of messy politics with Brexit, the US government shutdown and political challenges in Europe. However, towards the end of last week, trade news stole the show and bolstered the optimism in the financial markets. Week Ahead Markets participants are now gearing up for another busy week. On the geopolitical fron...

January 21, 2019
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Weekly Summary -Trade News Stole the Show

After a hectic week of messy politics, trade news stole the show and helped the markets to extend gains. Overall, there was a positive sentiment in the markets despite the bearish factors that are hovering over investors’ risk sentiment.  China’s Stimulus Program Fears of slowing growth and weak Chinese data have forced China to step up its...

January 18, 2019
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Week Ahead – Brexit – A Big Week for the UK

Market Overview Trade Talks and FOMC Minutes The first two weeks of the year was filled with information that is enough to steer investors on the two most severe risks that have created fears in the financial markets. The trade talks between Washington and Beijing went for three consecutive days and drove the price action during the start of the...

January 14, 2019
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Weekly Summary – A “Patient” and “Flexible” Fed

The dynamics in the markets progressed in two different phases. The first half of the week was mostly driven by trade talks whereas the Fed steered up the second half of the week. Trade talks The positive comments that have emerged from the US and China officials during the negotiations period brought more optimism in the markets and was able to...

January 11, 2019
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Week Ahead – NFP Sets a Positive Tone!

Market Overview  It was all about the NFP! It was an impressive turnaround to what was a very volatile first few days of the new year. The Non-farm payrolls surpassed expectations and surged to 312k instead of 177k forecasted. The robust figures reassured investors on the near-term economic outlook. On Friday, Powell also pledged to remain “p...

January 7, 2019
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