Weekly Summaries

Weekly Summaries

Weekly Summary: OPEC+ Agreement, Earnings and Economic Data

There was a subdued start to the week due to the Easter Monday holiday. Investors initially found some support on the early signs that the new COVID-19 cases are easing in certain countries and on the biggest oil production cuts in history. Yet, it was another week of indecisiveness as investors’ attention switched to the earnings season to g...

April 17, 2020
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Week Ahead – OPEC Meeting in the Limelight

It is becoming incredibly difficult to predict how the week will unfold as it is heavily dependent on the growth rate of the new coronavirus cases. The COVID-19 updates on the weekend have been mixed. It is too early to determine whether the epicentres of the virus have reached a peak in new cases. Investors will likely monitor the following: ...

April 6, 2020
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Weekly Summary:  The Epicentre Moves to the West

Weekly Summary  The Epicentre Moves to the West Global activities have slowed in an abrupt matter due to an unprecedented health crisis. The virus has changed how the world operates and investors are adjusting to a “new normal” in the financial markets. The Epicentre Moves from East to West A Whipsawed Stock Market China PMI and US Jo...

April 3, 2020
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Week Ahead – Coronavirus Cases, PMI, and NFP

As countries are slowly shutting their doors to the world by putting a halt to global activities, the financial markets recovered to a semblance of normality last week - mostly lifted by the massive stimulus packages by the government and quantitative program by central banks. Gold was rising again The oil market was a tad bit more stable ...

March 30, 2020
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Weekly Summary: A Domino Effect

The world is facing an economic crisis triggered by an unprecedented health crisis and an oil price war. It was another week of extreme volatility in the financial markets:  Gold on the rise again Oil Market- The Push for Stability Stock Market Rebounds by Rescue Packages The King Dollar Under Pressure   The Novel Coronavirus The gro...

March 27, 2020
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Week Ahead – A Gloomy Outlook Ahead

As the world progressively goes into lockdown to contain the widespread of the coronavirus, investors are facing the unfortunate reality that the next couple of months will be a struggle. Death tolls are increasing exponentially which means lockdown or stringent quarantine measures are poised to last longer than expected. Investors are pricing a...

March 23, 2020
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Weekly Summary: The World and Its Various Forms of Lockdown

Weekly Summary The World and Its Various Forms of Lockdown It was an unusual busy week where investors were struggling to keep up with various forms of lockdown around the world. The pause in global activity is reviving recession fears which are prompting market participants to closely monitor whether the intervention measures of governments and ...

March 20, 2020
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Week Ahead – More Easing and Virus Intervention Measures!

Week Ahead  More Easing and Virus Intervention Measures!  More easing policies hit the markets as the global pandemic create havoc in the financial markets. In a coordinated move, central banks are slashing interest rates to support their respective economies from a credit crunch and financial crisis. On Sunday, the Federal Reserve cuts inter...

March 16, 2020
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Bear Market – Where’s the Floor?

Bear Market – Where’s the Floor? In such plunging markets, we either tend to remember one of the most quoted Warren Buffet-isms “Widespread Fear is Your Friend, Personal Fear is Your Enemy” or see “Buying opportunities as catching a falling knife”. Investors are in a state of shock rattled by the drumbeat of bad news. It is hard to...

March 13, 2020
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Weekly Summary: Another Wave of Easing Monetary Policies

Weekly Summary Another Wave of Easing Monetary Policies Another wave of monetary easing policy hit the financial markets. Investors were in a state of panic gripped by fears of a supply and demand shock over the wider spread of the coronavirus. Source: Bloomberg Terminal Supply chain disruptions were initially supposed to be short-term until th...

March 6, 2020
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Week Ahead – COVID-19, Central Banks and Nonfarm Payrolls 

Week Ahead  COVID-19, Central Banks and Nonfarm Payrolls  February was a volatile month with new highs, yet big plunges in the financial markets. The wider spread of the coronavirus, more and more warnings from companies, profits downgrade, and the expected dovish actions from central banks to stem the economic impact have resulted into a brea...

March 1, 2020
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A Volatile Month – With New Highs and Big Plunges

A Volatile Month - With New Highs and Big Plunges February brought “new highs” and “big plunges” in the financial markets. The COVID_19 has added another layer of uncertainty in the markets and is threatening to disrupt an already fragile global economy. Investors are forced to exercise increased caution towards the end of the month du...

February 27, 2020
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Week Ahead – Italy Virus Outbreak to Set the Tone

Week Ahead Italy Virus Outbreak to Set the Tone The virus risks will likely remain as the primary driver of risk sentiment this week amid a much-muted economic calendar. Investors will probably stay fixated on the number of new cases and deaths related to the virus. The rate of infection appears to be slowing down but the changes in methodology...

February 23, 2020
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Weekly Summary: Mistrust Over Virus Case Count

Weekly Summary Markets swung from risk-on to risk-off mode throughout the week and were primarily driven by the developments around the coronavirus. The virus has added another layer of uncertainty and investors are struggling to assess the extent of the economic disruptions due to a lack of transparency around the virus. Japanese Economy New dat...

February 21, 2020
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Week Ahead – Central Banks, Preliminary PMI figures, and Inflation Data

  Week Ahead  Central Banks Minutes, Preliminary PMI figures, and Inflation Data  The outbreak of the coronavirus will remain the primary downside risk for the markets in the near term. After an unexpected surge in the number of cases following a change in the counting methodology, there are early signs of easing in the number of new cas...

February 17, 2020
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