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Major global equity indices advanced today, reflecting investor appetite for risk assets, but not enough to salvage a tumultuous week battered by intensifying trade tensions, lackluster activity data and increased uncertainty on Brexit trajectory following UK PM May’s decision to quit.
Safe-haven bond yields continued to trend lower, dragged by the ongoing US-China trade strains, alongside the release of a gloomy business survey in Europe and increasing anxiety over a no-deal Brexit
Financial markets trade in a cautious fashion, as investors wait for new developments in the US-China trade dispute, amid the US mulling over whether or not to add five new Chinese technology firms to a blacklist. The lack of support of May’s new Brexit plan also increase the risk-off mood.
May 21, 2019
Financial market mood improved slightly today, after the US granted Chinese tech major Huawei a 90-day conditional waiver to continue doing business with US companies.
May 20, 2019
US ‘blacklisting’ of China’s technology major Huawei further undermined the frayed US-China relationship while dimming prospects of a trade deal.
In what was a highly volatile week for financial markets, marred by the tit-for-tat US China trade dispute, equity volatility swung sharply.
May 17, 2019
The dynamics of Global Investment Funds flows in 1Q19 can be characterized by a widening bond-equity divergence, and a visible moderation in inflows to EMs. Looking ahead, we expect EM outflows to continue at a moderate pace until global volatility eases. In a risk scenario, EMs to face more intense and persistent outflows.
May 16, 2019
Equity markets bounced back trimming some loses inflicted by the renewed trade tensions, while volatility eased as Trump announced a six month extension of the deadline for imposing auto tariffs on Europe and Japan. Expectation of central banks support also contributed to the positive market tone today.