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Watch our CIO and his team present their newly adapted strategies and forward looking convictions to navigate the investment landscape in the 2nd half of 2020.
The world is on lockdown, but markets never pause. What are our investment views and recommendations?
We started 2019 with a constructive stance, and markets didn’t prove us wrong with stellar returns. The same analysis leads to a more nuanced outlook for 2020. As we don’t expect any valuation expansion, returns should be in line with the economic reality: positive, but modest. We overweight Emerging Markets, believe in selectivity, and are prepared for the opportunities and risks of an eventful year.
Rebound in Commercial Property in Q3 but investment activity still low compared to previous years
The key event of 2020 was of course when an initially obscure virus from China became a global pandemic.
No doubt, market action could be shocking, and not only on the downside
Commercial Property Investment volumes down 72% in Q2
The current market situation may be as unpredictable as ever.
Maurice Gravier discusses his investment strategy and outlook for markets. He speaks on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe.” (Source: Bloomberg)
The next few months will be volatile for stocks, and we could see a serious correction.
Coming months should provide opportunities to add to cyclical exposure when markets become more realistically priced
The disconnect between the dismal global economic outlook and rallying stock markets is difficult to comprehend
Entire sectors are devastated, across manufacturing and service activities.
COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption and a worldwide sell-off in financial markets. Impact on UK property will be felt in coming months
We hold the view that conditions are right to invest in credit* to reap positive returns without running abnormally high risks.
There is reasonable hope that the economy will restart in H2, but as markets are already priced for it, the system is vulnerable, and unstable
With the coronavirus outbreak still dominating our lives, stock market volatility looks set to continue.
Be bold like Saudi Arabia, and buy travel companies hammered by the corona outbreak, like cruise liner Carnival? Or stick your dirhams under the mattress?
The difference between speculation and investment is basically diversification and rationality
Select companies with sustainable dividend strategies
Financial Markets are becoming increasingly volatile with deep market gyrations and price swings.
PM Modi to regain power with his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party poised for a comfortable majority
Sukuk (the plural of Sakk, which means certificate in Arabic) are Islamic finance certificates that comply with Islamic sharia investment principles.
It remains a tale of two cities on what the Fed communicates through their macroassessment versus what the market anticipates and prices-in.
As elections are approaching, markets should become more agnostic to the outcome
As elections are approaching, markets should become more agnostic to the outcome
Bonds play a critical role in portfolios, even as interest rates rise and fears of inflation and an equity market downturn have intensified.
Prime Minister Theresa May convinces her Cabinet to agree the final technical terms, but suffers Cabinet resignations and widespread criticism
Video Gaming is a multi-billion industry that is growing exponentially.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is the political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries.
Strong economic growth appears sustainable
The first half of 2018 witnessed the return of volatility and hasn’t rewarded investors with great returns so far.
Inclusion in the MSCI EM Index should be well received by investors
Following a weak Q1 risk assets rebounded in the month of April, supported by robust corporate earnings in the US and in Europe, fading trade war threats and stabilizing business sentiment.
Global debt currently stands at just over USD 233tn “Debt is a form of wealth” – surge in debt should translate into global growth
The S&P500 is 8.1% down peak-to-trough and -0.9% YTD. Yesterday, the Index fell -4.1% and is now trading below its 50-day moving average.
There was no major market-moving event last week, after a stream of breaking news in November
Last week brought an avalanche of negative virus news, threatening the short-term economic outlook
Mr Biden wins Presidency according to main media, but Mr Trump rejects the outcome
All markets fell sharply last week, with developed markets’ stocks tumbling by almost -6%
Trading was volatile last week, with negative Covid developments and raging US politics
Virus resurgence, Brexit and no relief package in the US made for a choppy week
Despite incredibly erratic newsflow, last week was the best since July on global markets
President Trump hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19
Last week was negative across all asset-classes, even the defensive ones
Last week was volatile and overall only slightly positive as the last sessions were negative
Last week’s key take-away was a reminder that yes, technology stocks can go down
The week had a strong start but ended with a sharp 2-day decline led by technology stocks
Last week the Federal Reserve said interest rates could stay at zero even if inflation rises
Last week was unspectacular on global markets, with a notable outperformance of UAE assets
The consumer recovery decelerates, attention turns to manufacturing and inflation
Positive activity data lifted financial markets higher in the first week of August…
Markets had a positive bias last week despite some profit-taking in EM stocks
Last week was overall positive for global markets, with China and Technology outperforming
Hopes for a coronavirus vaccine and good macro numbers supported markets last week
Markets are concerned by the resurgence of infections worldwide, especially in the US
Last week was much better for markets than the previous one, but it was still turbulent
Global markets experienced their first correction since April, last week
The rally in risk-assets went ballistic last week, with a clear pro-cyclical picture
The rally in risk-assets intensified last week, ending a very positive month of May
Western economies are gradually reopening, potentially starting the global rebound this month
The US unemployment rate in April reached 14.7%, but Chinese exports rose in April
Q1 GDP numbers are out and show an historic, synchronized, double-digit collapse
Last week was volatile, between concerns on the COVID19 shock and hopes for the recovery
Exit strategies from social distancing are being discussed everywhere, but really started only in China
Markets rallied last week, as the size and scope of policy responses dramatically increased
The attempt at market stabilization last week was halted by March economic data
Last week saw a sharp rebound across all asset classes, led by developed market equities
The COVID crisis is accelerating on all fronts: healthcare, economy, markets, and policy responses
Markets crashed last week as economic lockdowns intensified globally
March starts with an all-time low for US government bond yields and Oil prices crashing
Markets ended February with one of their worst weekly performances since 2008
The coronavirus continues to spread, dampening optimism about its impact
Several of our year end fair values have been reached last week on DM equities
Markets were positive last week, with hopes on the virus and positive economic signals
Rapidly spreading coronavirus triggers a clear aversion to risk
Optimism dominated markets last week, supported by the trade deal and positive data from China
The year starts under influence of the tensions in the Middle-East
2019 proved to be a fantastic year for financial returns…
Global markets get a double shot of confidence from lower geopolitical risks
Last week was volatile, with mixed messages on trade negotiations…
The trade relations between US and China are dominating market action…
Last week was overall positive for markets, with equities remaining close to record highs
Last week was clearly pro-risk, with equities up and defensive assets down
Benign economic and geopolitical news supported risk appetite last week
Last week was positive for risky assets, as geopolitical tail risks kept on abating
As we hoped, US and China are moving towards a temporary truce on trade
Volatility spiked last week due to weak US data and ever-increasing geopolitical risks
After a buoyant first half, the third quarter saw a return of anxiety on multiple fronts
Last week was eventful, with negative shocks and significant policy support
Wednesday, we reduced Emerging Market debt to Neutral and added to Emerging Market equities
Markets were slightly positive last week, with risk assets showing some optimism
Last week was positive for risk assets, with hopes of de-escalation in the US/China trade tensions
Last week was eventful, volatile, and ended on a negative note as trade tensions escalated (again)
Last week was the third consecutive with negative performance for risky assets
Fed chair Powell fails to live up to market expectations of a long easing cycle
Last week saw many important news: economic data, central bank meetings, and corporate earnings
Last week saw some moderate profit taking in DM Equities, but also an all-time high on the S&P500
2019 is an exceptional year for investors so far, with record performances
Last week’s set of monthly US economic data were good enough to question a rate cut in July
H1-2019 provided investors with very positive returns for every single asset-class
Geopolitical risks are weighing on business sentiment, questioning growth prospects
Last week's economic data confirmed downside risks to global growth
Last week has been all about the re-escalation of the trade conflict between US and China
Last night on Twitter, Mr Trump announced an increase on tariffs on imports from China
Positive economic news over the week, supporting the case for improving global growth
IMF Managing Director calls bottom of global economy either now or soon
The US Fed explicitly guided for no more rate hike in 2019, triggering a rally
All asset classes were higher last week, as economic data pointed to some stabilization
ECB and China were cautious on macro outlook, job creations in the US were soft in February
Fed chairman testified, US/North-Korea held summit, US GDP was released…
Another positive week across asset classes and geographies, lifting indices closer to our year-end fair values
The 2019 rally was extended last week by a dovish Federal Reserve in particular
Another positive week across major asset classes, with a patient Fed and US shutdown ending
2019 shows a very good start for risky assets, despite many issues still unresolved
After a brilliant 2017, 2018 was a year of no returns, and of considerable volatility
Another negative week across the board, with a stronger US Dollar and weaker oil
Another negative week for DM risky assets across the board, however better for EM equities
US Congress is divided with Democrats winning the House, Republicans retaining the Senate
Equity markets sharply corrected last week, dominated by the fear that earnings might be peaking
A slightly negative week, concluding an overall positive quarter
We are increasing our allocation to Emerging Market Equities
Daily CIO Updates
2020 has been like no other year before, and with regards to financial markets
With only 3 trading days left in the month of November major equity indices are well positioned to finish significantly higher
Global equities are on course for the best month on record, with US indices making new highs.
Plenty to be thankful for, with positive update on vaccines for the third straight week providing a constructive note to the start of the week.
The market is dealing with the second wave of the virus, remaining US election uncertainties and the spectre of higher rates.
Markets were volatile with continuing virus and vaccine news the main market movers
Yesterday was vaccine euphoria all over again and investors got one more sneak peek into the reflation trade
In spite of last week’s unchecked investor enthusiasm about the early rolling out of a vaccine
Global equities were up strongly last week, though some of the gains faded later on.
November continues to treat markets very well, and yesterday was no exception
After last week’s spectacular rally, let’s start by a look at the year-to-date performance for the key asset classes.
The first week of November will undoubtedly be remembered for its stunning intensity.
Wednesday was all about the US elections’ results being called state by state.
This Wednesday is all about US elections and we’ll come back to the current state of the results in a short while, but bottom-line, the race is closer than what polls were suggesting.
Global markets suffered last week, hit by the combination of the virus’s comeback in the West, threatening global growth, with the imminence of US elections showing a somewhat closer race, heightening the risk of a disputed outcome.
Global markets were not far from panic last week, with every major asset class in the red.
Positive earnings results are being weighed against concerns regarding the economic impact from the rise in new COVID-19 cases across the U.S., Asia and Europe.
The S&P 500 Index posted its biggest drop in a month on concern rising coronavirus cases will hurt the global economy and as prospects dimmed for fiscal aid from Washington before the presidential election.
It’s a bit of an unpleasant start to the week for equity markets, with virus cases rising globally, the absence of stimulus progress in the US and disappointing guidance from European tech bellwether SAP.
This morning Asia i.e. Japan and China markets are flat to slightly negative.
Global markets remain driven by virus news, the US elections, the stimulus stalemate and a stalled Brexit.
Markets were little changed in the United States and Europe stocks fell on partial lockdowns clouding the outlook.
Markets are stuck in a holding pattern amidst a lack of catalysts, both unwilling to give up gains in spite of dwindling chances of any forthcoming fiscal aid from Congress and unable to break out higher with the Nov. 3 risk event looming larger.
Markets retreated from early gains driven by hopeful news about pre-election US fiscal stimulus to close in the red.
About a week ago Mohamed El-Erian, former CEO of PIMCO, said that “right now, this market wants to go higher”.
Global markets closed the week on a positive note, snapping a three-day losing streak following strong US retail sales and above-consensus earnings from European companies.
U.S. stocks dropped after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin downplayed the chances of striking a stimulus deal before the election.
Wednesday was overall quiet on global stocks, flat in emerging markets and down -0.2% in developed markets on average, but the US retreated -0.6%.
After a strong Monday, the mood was more cautious on financial markets yesterday.
U.S. stocks climbed to an almost six-week high amid a rally in some of the world’s largest technology companies.
Last week was excellent for global assets, and our regional markets also gained yesterday, led by KSA, up 1.2%.
This year was rich in surprises, and last week was undoubtedly one of them.
Markets made up for the previous day’s losses closing in the green across the board.
Pre-election time is indeed living up to its claim of being a volatile period for equities.
The event of the week was the hospitalisation of President Trump infected by Covid19, which saw risk assets succumb to rising volatility on Friday.
The year 2020 has so far proven to be a dramatic one for investors
Global financial markets ended the month, and the quarter, on a slightly positive note yesterday.
As we write, the first debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden just ended, and it was undoubtedly very heated, if not outright aggressive, not far from insults at some times with for example Mr Biden telling the president to “shut-up”.
September should be the first negative month since March on global markets, but the magnitude of the sell-off remains reasonable.
Despite a rebound on Friday, last week was broadly negative on global markets across asset classes, paving the way for September to be the first negative month since March.
The markets continue to be volatile and most major equity indices are on track to post their first monthly decline, since March.
Global markets were up almost half a percent yesterday, after the Monday sell off, though September could possibly be the first negative month since March.
The September autumnal equinox on September 22nd, with the sun moving from north to south, brings around a change of seasons.
Asia markets are slightly lower today, after a very positive week.
September continues to see volatile markets, though global markets ended the week up 0.2%.
U.S. stocks erased gains amid a selloff in technology companies and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s remarks over an uncertain economic rebound without further stimulus.
“Buy Jackson Hole, sell the FOMC”: markets loved the August announcement of the Fed’s new tolerance towards inflation, but they didn’t like its official confirmation yesterday after the monthly policy meeting.
U.S. stocks closed higher as gains in technology shares helped offset a late slide in financials.
Financial markets were well oriented and overall quiet yesterday.
Monday’s market session was positive, supported by progress on a vaccine and by the announcement of large M&A deals.
The last two weeks have been volatile on financial markets, with a technologycentric correction in equities.
After a glorious summer, led by an apparently unbreakable rally in technology stocks, the start of September is much more dramatic.
The US markets staged a rebound to end the session off their highs, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq yesterday gaining 2% and 2.7% respectively.
U.S. stock markets were closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day.
With North American markets closed for Labour day, volumes were lower than usual in Europe, where the Europe Stoxx 600 closed 1.7% higher led by automakers.
In the US and Canada it is going to be a holiday-shortened week, with markets closed today for Labor Day.
Global markets seemed to be in for more of the same last week, with stimulus running aplenty and economies performing just fine to warrant continued risk taking, when suddenly technology stocks on Thursday reversed course causing the biggest rout since June.
Wednesday was another greatly positive session on global markets, confirming the impression of an unbreakable rally.
56 was the number of the day: the August ISM Manufacturing survey posted a large increase over the already respectable 54.2 of July and was, as we were hoping for in yesterday's daily notes, clearly above expectations.
Monday ended a brilliant month with a mixed session on financial markets.
Last week was another proof of the strength of the current rally.
Against many predictions, the rally remained strong last week, with robust positive returns from almost all major asset classes.
U.S. stocks extended a streak of record gains amid rising expectations for loose monetary policy while the economy shows signs of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. equities rose to all-time highs for a third day, with investors counting on the Fed to stay accommodative as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Tuesday was another positive session for risk assets globally, with key US stock indices notching fresh all-time highs again, led by technology, again.
Optimism dominated markets on Monday, boosted by news flow about COVID-19 treatments and vaccine, as well as by some de-escalation between the US and China.
U.S. stocks dropped after the Federal Reserve tempered optimism about growth in the second half of 2020.
U.S. stocks completed the fastest-ever return to a record high, capping a 52% rally from the March low surpassing February highs for the first time since the pandemic upended financial markets.
U.S. stock climbed amid a rally in technology companies, while failing to top their all-time high as big banks sold off.
Global financial markets are waiting for the expected next good news. In the meantime, as there are not many sellers due to overall light positioning, they gently rise.
Last week, defensive assets underperformed, with gold down 4% and a slight rise in interest rates affecting the fixed income asset class.
Financial markets moved on growth and inflation last week, in what looked like a “riskon” pattern.
A broad global rally, with the MSCI All-Country World Index closing up 1.2% yesterday.
This morning Asian markets are mildly positive, following a broad global rally, with the MSCI All-Country World Index closing up 1.2% yesterday.
Most Asian markets are down this morning with Japan slightly positive.
Ongoing US and China tensions continue to weigh on markets, however the S&P 500 approached its all- time high reached in February and Apple is close to being the first two trillion dollar company.
Global equity markets advanced last week, buoyed by optimism over potential COVID19 vaccines and better than expected earnings results.
Global equities were up 2.1% for the week, despite exacerbated U.S.-China tensions, the continuing rise in global COVID-19 cases and stalled talks in the US Congress around a new fiscal relief package.
The S&P 500 Index posted a fourth straight advance amid encouraging news on the vaccine front and speculation U.S. lawmakers are making progress on an economic aid package.
Wednesday was positive on financial markets, supported by optimism in the US.
U.S. equities rose higher after wavering between small losses and gains throughout the day.
A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital yesterday evening, killing at least 70 people, injuring thousands, and making considerable damage to the city.
After a positive week and month, August had a strong start on global markets yesterday, fuelled by positive economic data and hopes for additional stimulus.
U.S. stocks climbed, led by technology shares on speculation the Federal Reserve will reinforce its dovish message.
It’s a strong start to the week for global markets as markets anticipate more fiscal and monetary support in the US.
Yesterday US stocks clung to modest gains, Europe closed in the red, and as of the time of writing Asia is mixed to steady in the morning session.
Markets are off to a mixed start as of the time of writing, with Asian stocks showing no clear direction and US futures slightly in the green.
U.S. stocks advanced to the highest since February, hopes for positive data from an array of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
Asian stocks are in the green this morning, boosted by a technology-led rally in the US, progress towards a vaccine and expectations for more stimulus on both sides of the Atlantic.
While investors continue to set great store by a new vaccine being found in a reasonable time as the final solution to the current crisis, some renowned virus hunters have made quite sobering statements on the topic.
US equities in the five days to Friday capped off a performance once more at odds with harsh reality.
U.S. stocks climbed to a one-month high amid optimism about progress in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.
The coronavirus, geopolitics and quarterly earnings were the drivers of a volatile session yesterday, and this will probably happen every day in the coming weeks.
Last week was excellent on financial markets, and this one started well on global markets before the mood turned negative in the late hours of the US session.
The second quarter of 2020 was one of the best ever, and Q3 shows a strong start. In July so far, none of the major asset classes we include in our framework is negative.
Last week was another good one for global financial markets, with all major asset classes delivering positive returns, except Global Listed Real Estate.
China equities continue to rally, with echoes of 2015 at the back of investors’ minds when the market came down as quickly as it had gone up.
Shares in the U.S. closed lower yesterday, ending a run of five straight days of gains.
Asian stocks are slightly positive this morning, with the global stock rally taking a breather, after a spectacular first week performance in the second half of 2020.
Asian markets this morning are mixed with Japan and Hong Kong down about 0.5% and China equities trading up a percent.
Asian stocks are up this morning along with U.S. and European futures in spite of increasing global coronavirus cases as the opening up of economies and the stimulus from Central banks and governments is buoying investor sentiment.
Global equities have begun the third quarter of 2020 on a high note and were up 3.3% last week led by improving economic data right from China to the US.
U.S. stocks rose as positive vaccine developments and better than expected manufacturing data tempered concern over a jump in coronavirus cases.
The third quarter started yesterday on a mildly positive note on global financial markets.
U.S. stocks climbed on the final day of the best quarter since 1998 as investors assessed better-than-estimated economic data amid concern over new coronavirus cases and trade relations with China.
U.S. stocks climbed after better-than-estimated economic data overshadowed concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases.
It may seem counter-intuitive: the second quarter of 2020 that will end today could be the best in more than 10 years for markets.
Global cases of Covid-19 reached 10 million yesterday, with another material increase in the daily additions.
Risk assets struggled for direction last week before ending it in the red, for one clear reason: the COVID-19 infection rates are rising again globally, and especially in the Southern States of the US.
U.S. stocks fell asinvestors grew anxious that the resurgence in virus cases in multiple states will hamper the economic recovery.
U.S. stocks rose for a second day, with investors buoyed by signs of continued economic growth and the idea that any setback will be met with increased government spending and Federal Reserve moves but faded into the close as concern mounted that a spike in virus cases in some states could curtail economic activity.
Global equities gained against a general risk-on backdrop driven by positive economic data, hopes for more stimulus and reassurance by president Trump that the trade deal with China is “fully intact”.
U.S. stocks rose, with the technology sector leading the advance as investors continued to bet on companies with strong balance sheets and better prospects in an economy where work-from-home remains part of the norm.
Markets closed in the green in the US, with the S&P500 up 0.65% and the Nasdaq 1.1% to hit a record high, in spite of rising corona virus cases and lack of meaningful catalysts.
Asian markets are trading mixed and on light volume as of the time of writing.
Global equites managed to record a 5-day gain of 2%, with the Fed launching its corporate buying program and China planning to comply with the phase one trade deal, although the MSCI World Index closed the week on a cautious note as concerns mounted about new corona virus cases.
Global financial markets were quiet Wednesday, especially compared to the extreme moves of the recent sessions.
Monday’s session on international markets went through an intraday V-shaped drama, from a risk-off wave to a rise in the end.
Markets experienced their first significant correction last week since the rally began in late March, but Friday session was positive, signalling some dip buying.
U.S. indices finished lower for the session while the Nasdaq traded briefly above the 10,000 level for the first time.
Global equities closed down by half a percent yesterday, after almost uninterrupted gains for the last 10 trading sessions.
The S&P 500 jumped to a 15-week high on Monday, extending the benchmark’s surge from its March low by almost 45%.
The US and Asian markets had a good day yesterday and this morning Asia is mixed with China and Hong Kong up and Japan a little negative.
Asian stocks start the week with gains, following last week’s sizeable global equity rally.
Markets ended a positive week with a strong close on Friday boosted by an unexpected increase in US payrolls and a bold European fiscal plan.
Global stocks extended their rally for an eighth straight day as investors clung to optimism for a quick economic recovery from the pandemic.
Wednesday was another spectacularly positive session on financial markets.
A positive day for global equities, U.S. stocks rose alongside equities in Europe and Asia amid new bouts of stimulus and positive economic signals as coronavirus lockdowns ease.
The week starts under influence of two topics: economic data in May, and violent demonstrations in the United States.
Markets didn’t pay much attention to geopolitical and social tensions last week, with an intensification of the equity rally.
U.S. stocks advanced for a third day on rising optimism that the pandemic’s damage to the economy has peaked.
The main US equity benchmarks closed the session in positive territory, with a marked divergence between the Dow Industrials, +2.2%, and the Nasdaq Composite, +0.77%, pointing to value outperforming growth stocks.
In the U.S., the S&P 500 closed +1.2% at an 11-week high, losing some steam in the final hour of trading.
Markets recorded a broad-based risk-on session yesterday, with global equities reaching 8-week highs and the S&P 500 testing the 3000 level for the first time since March.
There was optimism Wednesday on financial markets with global stocks up c. 1%, led by the US + 1.7% (S&P 500).
U.S. stocks fell after reports circulated that Moderna Inc.’s vaccine study, which was credited in part for Monday’s rally, didn’t produce enough critical data to assess its success.
After Monday’s euphoria on a potential vaccine, markets consolidated yesterday.
In the U.S. markets rallied, the S&P 500 rose 3.2% yesterday, after promising early results for an experimental vaccine sparked speculation economies could snap back quickly.
Euphoria is the right word for yesterday’s session on global markets.
Markets panicked in March, rallied in April, and so far, are hesitating in May.
Last week was volatile and overall slightly negative on financial markets, with global stocks down 2%, commercial real estate tumbling, and Gold outperforming.
The S&P 500 briefly fell below 2,800, a level that has provided support in the past month, after the Fed Chairman said the threat of a lasting downturn could deepen without additional government spending.
U.S. stocks fell after a U.S. health official warned against a premature reopening of the economy and as traders assessed a dire outlook from the Federal Reserve regional chiefs.
Volatility and risk aversion came back on markets on Tuesday, affected by several warnings.
U.S. stocks fluctuated on the day as traders assessed the latest moves around the globe to relax restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week’s most spectacular number was the US unemployment rate which reached 14.7% in April.
U.S. stocks fell for the first time in three days as investors digested mixed corporate earnings and worsening economic data.
Global stocks fell 0.3% Wednesday, with Emerging Markets slightly positive.
U.S. stocks closed higher despite a late-day swoon as optimism that more economies are moving toward easing their coronavirus lockdowns outweighed cautionary comments from Federal Reserve Officials.
Markets were overall well oriented on Tuesday, as lockdown relaxations are either starting or seriously considered everywhere.
U.S. stocks started the week on a positive note, rallying towards the close after California spoke of reopening the economy.
Like it or not, the US is the world’s leading market and Monday’s session was no exception.
Last week was positive on global markets until Thursday, then May started with stocks retreating on Friday.
Wednesday was buoyant on financial markets, despite the confirmation of an economic disaster.
After falling last week, U.S. equities closed higher (S&P 500 +1.5%) yesterday as talks of additional states beginning to re-open boosted investor sentiment.
Last week was overall negative for risk assets, with global equities and high yield losing -2%.
U.S. stocks rebounded after a two-day slide as optimism about the reopening of the economy increased along with a rebound in oil and Senate approval of additional funding for the PPP.
Markets gave back some recent gains with the S&P 500 declining over 3% yesterday.
Virus Update: Total fiscal and monetary support reaches USD 1.9 trillion across the globe according to Bloomberg;
Virus Update: Federal US Govt encourages teleworking and minimize face-to-face interactions.
Virus Update: California approves USD 500 Mn corona virus package;
The impact from the coronavirus is weighing on market sentiment and making it more difficult for Asian-based bond issuers with primary bond sales.
FOMC rate decision awaited today with markets believing FED to maintain status-quo
Asian markets opening on a strong footing on the back of strong macroeconomic data
Investors’ worry on headline news on prolonging tariffs by the US on Chinese goods
While investors are positioned for risk-on resulting in positive return for risky assets, the markets still remain sensitive to trade developments.
US markets managed to close higher overnight while the European bourses posted losses.
Treasuries bear steepened for the second consecutive session as long duration bonds led the declines, spurred by a better-than-expected reading on the ISM non-manufacturing gauge.
Risk assets mixed trading this morning across Asia as investor’s focus turn to the FED’s FOMC.
Short-term US treasury bills posted gains amid J.Powell’s announcement that the central bank will resume purchase of Treasuries in order to calm funding markets.
Treasury futures opened higher after Chinese officials were said to be reluctant to commit to a broad trade deal demanded by Washington.
Asian risk assets posting losses across the board on poor economic data releases, particularly on the global manufacturing front.
This week has been dubbed as the most important week for the markets.
This week we have central banks on the podium, and US trade representatives meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Shanghai.
It is all about headlines that are fuelling the ongoing rally across the bond markets.
Emirates NBD’s results for the first half of 2019 have been announced to the public this morning
There seems to be lot of hope that global central bankers would be instrumental in navigating financial asset prices by means of stimulus and rate cuts.
Markets buoyed their appetite for risk assets post better than expected retail sales and industrial production figures out of China.
Markets are anxiously waiting for Powel’s testimony to Congress in order to gauge the possibility for a policy response at the next FOMC.
The markets were caught in a tussle between dovish news related to central bank appointments, monetary policy responses while profit booking and disappointing economic data weighted on the market sentiments.
Asian markets on a mixed tone as investors await an eventful week with key macro-economic data releases and policy announcements.
A weaker overnight session followed by a mixed trading session in Asia this morning across the board ahead of FED's MPC.
A modest overnight trading session in the US with indices broadly posting gains while European indices painting a mixed picture as the market waits for the UK to make its next Brexit move.
Asian markets on a firm footing this week as investor expectations that the FED's policy action would remain muted and dovish.
A mixed opening on risk assets this morning in Asia with China and Japan leading gains on the board.
Asian indices on a mixed footing as investors wait for further clarity on FED's policy actions and balance sheet reduction.
Asian risk assets opened mixed ahead of an eventful week.
The Middle Eastern region successfully raised over $12bn of new debt.
Asian risk assets on a stronger footing across the board while safe-haven assets have underperformed.
Dovish remarks from Fed Chairman, liquidity injection by PBOC are two perfect ingredients for a sentiment boost for the start of the year.
The highly anticipated 80-minute speech by President Xi's have brought in disappointment to many investors globally as no mention on reform roadmap initiatives were brought to light
The big picture for every investor harbingers on inflation. If you get inflation right, the job becomes easy to interpret on the direction for rates, bond yields and across the various asset classes.
Now that the US yield curve has inverted, what's next? Let me elaborate; The shorter end of the curve has inverted, but we still have other observational parts of the yield curve to determine the health of the economic cycle.
The rift between RBI and the Government from October to yesterday's surprise resignation is worrisome.
An eventful week for global financial markets driven by several macrofundamental data and strong technical plays dominated investor sentiment and positioning.
Don't say we didn't tell you, yesterday's carnage on risk assets are likely to weigh on valuations in the coming days as the various narratives by policymakers on monetary policy setting and looming concerns on trade wars takes center stage.
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