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June 10, 2019

Europe: the election backlash

The European election results were less negative than feared by pro-European parties, but it is still too early to determine the changes that may come about in terms of economic policy. Currently, they are contributing to the aggravation of political problems in some countries.

May 9, 2019

Market Comment | Markets deepen losses amid trade impasse

Financial markets rattled for the third straight day as US-China trade tensions festered ahead of crucial negotiations between high-level officials in Washington, starting today. Trump’s rebuke that ‘China broke the deal’, accelerated the sell-off in equities.

May 8, 2019

Market Comment | Risk-off mood prevails ahead of decisive US-China trade talks

The 'risk-off' mood persisted across markets today as global growth concerns mounted in the wake of escalating US-China trade conflict, downbeat China exports data, and a flair-up in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East with Iran poised to breach parts of the nuclear deal.

May 7, 2019

Market Comment | Escalating trade tensions weigh on markets

Caution prevailed across financial markets, as US-China trade tensions ratcheted up further today. The slight downward revision in Eurozone growth forecast by European commission did not help either. Safe-haven bonds continued to attract fresh demand, while equity markets declined.

May 6, 2019

Market Comment | US-China trade tensions resumed, unexpectedly

Risk-off mood in financial markets. Trump’s threat to introduce further tariff barriers against China took a heavy toll on equity markets today, boosting flows towards safe-haven bonds, amid mute inflation pressure.

May 3, 2019

Market Comment | Powell guides markets to neutral stance on interest rates

Safe-haven bond yields increased and equity markets retreated from their recent highs, while bond investors searched for an extra-yield, in turn, narrowing peripheral and HY spreads, as Fed Chair Powell guided markets to a neutral stance on interest rates.

April 30, 2019

Market Comment | Markets soak in Eurozone growth surprise, eye FOMC meeting

Financial markets were calm today, ahead of tomorrow’s FOMC meeting, and today’s mixed signals - reassuring Eurozone GDP growth, softer Chinese PMI outturns and cautious company earnings results.

April 29, 2019

Market Comment | Financial markets hold steady ahead of an eventful week (FOMC preview)

Financial markets were broadly stable ahead of an eventful week, marked by the upcoming FOMC meeting, 1Q19 Euro area GDP growth outturn, alongside Chinese PMI and the US labor market figures.