Economic Updates

Economic Updates

August Wrap-Up: Global Equities on a Rally

Covid-19 Cases and Vaccine Optimism The virus continues to spread across the world, with more than 25 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 840, 000 deaths. The United States remains the worst-affected countries followed by the Eastern Mediterranean region and European countries. After successfully containing the virus, a rise in the number ...

August 31, 2020
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Afterpay Ltd ($APT): YTD – ASX Best Performer

Afterpay Ltd remains Australia’s favourite tech stock. The Buy Now Pay Later company is the best performing stock on the Australian share market and its share price has risen by a staggering 204% since the beginning of the year. Source: Bloomberg Afterpay is on a Roll! Investors digested a series of good news for the tech stock this week. Th...

August 28, 2020
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Jackson Hole Symposium: Markets Bracing for More Volatility

The annual Jackson Hole Economic Symposium rarely goes unnoticed as is an exclusive central bank conference which fosters open discussions about global policy matters. The economic event is sponsored by the Federal Reserve of Kansas City and is closely watched by market participants. The Symposium has the potential to spark more volatility in th...

August 26, 2020
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ASX Updates: Big Earnings Week

Amid a muted economic calendar, the attention was mostly on the earnings reports as investors geared up to the busiest week of the Australian earnings season. We have updates from big retailers, iron-ore miners, major banks, and tech stocks. As of writing, Information Technology, Consumer Discretionary and Health index were leading the gains on ...

August 21, 2020
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A Gold and Tech Rally

Covid-19 Cases and Vaccine Optimism The virus continues to spread across the world, with more than 17 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and 670, 000 deaths. Many countries have seen a surge in the number of infections over the months. As the month comes to an end, we note that countries that have initially successfully controlled the outbre...

July 31, 2020
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Another Big Week on the Earnings Front

Amid one of the busiest weeks on the earnings front, the remaining of the FAANG companies and some of the leading companies in their respective industries will report their quarterly earnings. Those updates will allow investors to have a broader picture of the impact of the pandemic on US businesses. Big tech stocks have rallied over the past mo...

July 27, 2020
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Attention on Stimulus Packages: EUR vs USD

After two challenging quarters driven by the coronavirus crisis, investors were gearing up for a recovery for the second half of the year. Governments and central banks have absorbed nearly all the shocks of the virus on the financial markets by injecting massive liquidity in the economy, keeping credit flowing and supporting their economy with ...

July 24, 2020
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Tesla and Microsoft Corporate Earnings Results

Microsoft and Tesla, the two leaders in their respective industries reported their quarterly earnings results on Wednesday after the market closed. Both tech companies reported earnings exceeding expectations but the reaction in the after-hours trading was different altogether. Tesla Inc (TSLA) Tesla, the electric vehicle and alternative energy ...

July 23, 2020
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Earnings: Banks Reported More Provisions for Bad Debts, Netflix Q3 Subscribers Outlook

Given the uncertain environment, investors are currently bracing themselves for a gloomy earnings season. The earnings season kicked off with big banks like JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and tech stock like Netflix. Monday PepsiCo, Inc (PEP) PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers mor...

July 17, 2020
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Coming Up This Week: Big Banks and Netflix

The earnings season will kickstart with big banks like JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and tech stock like Netflix. Investors are probably bracing themselves for a gloomy earnings season. It is unlikely that companies will be able to provide guidance for the near future given the uncertain...

July 13, 2020
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Melbourne Lockdown: Local Investors Mull Worsening Economic Outlook

Following the highest number of coronavirus cases in a single day, the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews reinstated “Stay at Home” restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59 pm on Wednesday 8 July. The Treasurer warned that the cost of locking down Victoria could be up to $1 billion a week which will fall heav...

July 8, 2020
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Quarter 3 Outlook: Coronavirus Resurgence May Threaten Recovery

The Great Lockdown and Grand Reopening The Great Lockdown in the first quarter followed by the Grand Reopening in the second quarter took the financial markets on a wild swing. Given the unprecedented nature of the various forms of lockdowns, global equities have plunged to bear levels in a very fast manner. Massive fiscal stimulus, ultra-low lev...

June 30, 2020
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First Quarter: Crisis, Volatility, and Opportunities

The first quarter of 2020 was marred by unpredicted events that rattled the financial markets: Tensions between US and Iran; The extreme weather conditions across the globe as a result of climate change; The novel coronavirus; and An oil price war between Saudi Arabia, the oil kingdom, and Russia. A Trio of Crises Faced by an unpreced...

March 31, 2020
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RBA: “QE is not on our Agenda!”

This year’s Annual Dinner of the Australian Business Economists was probably the most important event before the year ends. In a year that saw the RBA cutting interest rates three times, the speech around “Unconventional Monetary Policy: Some Lessons From Overseas” fueled speculations that the RBA is to tap into the unchartered territory...

November 29, 2019
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Is Germany on the Brink of a Technical Recession?

Is Germany on the Brink of a Technical Recession? Europe’s largest economy and the world’s fourth-largest economy is at risk of going into a technical recession.  Such recession arises after two consecutive quarters of economic decline. In the second quarter of 2019, the German’s economy had contracted by 0.1% compared to a growth of 0.4% ...

November 12, 2019
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