Market Updates

“Trade Talks Between US And China…”

A new round of talks started in Washington on Tuesday between the US and China to resolve the trade war, followed by higher level talks on Thursday and Friday.

“UK Economy At Its Weakest Since 2012 …”

In late 2018, the British economy has slowed sharply pushing annual growth to a six-year low. Uncertainty over Brexit had an impact on the business investment and a slowdown in the global economy weighed on trade, data showed on Monday.

“Recession In Italy …”

On Thursday the European Commission slashed its forecasts for Italy’s economic growth in 2019 and 2020, saying the uncertainty over government policies and higher borrowing costs have pushed the country into a recession.

“Brexit News…”

On Tuesday British lawmakers instructed Prime Minister Theresa May to reopen a Brexit treaty with the EU to replace a controversial Irish border arrangement. The EU has long rejected changing the Irish border backstop. The Irish backstop is an insurance policy that aims to prevent the reintroduction of a hard border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.

“IMF’s Christine Lagarde…”

IMF Managing Director said on Monday that the risk of a sharper slowdown in global growth had increased, even if recession was not yet around the corner. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, after the IMF trimmed its 2019 and

“A Defeat For Theresa May’s Brexit Deal…”

Lawmakers voted 432-202 against the Brexit divorce deal just 10 weeks before it is due to leave. It is the worst defeat in modern British history causing political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

“Trump’s Demand For A Wall …”

President Donald Trump urged Congress to give him $5.7 billion this year to help build a wall on the US border with Mexico however he did not declare a national emergency to pay for the barrier with military funds. Trump said in his first prime-time address from the Oval office that there was a growing security and humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border.

“US Factory Activity…”

US manufacturing activity slowed sharply to a two-year low in December as orders and hiring at factories plunged. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) survey published on Thursday, offered a downbeat assessment of the manufacturing sector with almost all components declining last month.

“FED Raises Rates …”

On Tuesday the US Federal Reserve kicked off a two-day monetary policy meeting. The FED stuck to its plan of withdrawing support to the economy and raised interest rates for the fourth time this year pushing the central bank’s key overnight lending rate to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent.

“Vote Withdrawal…”

Theresa May postponed a parliamentary vote which she admitted she would lose. A day after withdrawing the vote in the face of hostility from lawmakers, Prime Minister Theresa May sought Angela Merkel’s support to save her Brexit deal ….

“OPEC Meeting In Vienna…”

In a meeting in Vienna, on Thursday OPEC agreed on a tentative deal to cut oil output but was waiting for a commitment from non-OPEC Russia before deciding on the exact volumes for a production reduction with the aim to stop oil prices from falling, said two sources from the group.

“G20 Summit …”

The world’s biggest economies, the Group of 20 Nations (G20) are meeting on 30th November and 1st December in Argentina with the trade war between Washington and Beijing on top of the agenda. Russia, the United States and Saudi Arabia are all present and oil policy is expected to be discussed.

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