Market Updates

“Germany’s Ursula Von Der Leyen …”

“Let us work together constructively because the endeavour is a united and strong Europe,” said Ursula Von Der Leyen, who will take up her new role on 1st November, as European Commission president.  The German conservative Ursula von der Leyen secured European parliamentary approval on Tuesday …

“The US FED Chairman’s Outlook …”

FED Chairman Jerome Powell set the stage for the rate cut this month, as records from policymakers’ latest meeting show increasing fears that the US-China trade war is indirectly causing businesses to hold back on buying equipment, giving workers a raise and hiking their prices. 

“OPEC Extends Oil Cut…”

OPEC agreed on Monday to extend oil supply cuts till March of next year, in order to support the price of crude amid the weakening global economy and the increasing US production.  OPEC and its allies have been reducing oil output since 2017 …

“G20 Summit…”

World leaders are meeting in Osaka, Japan, for a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) big economies, on Friday and Saturday…

“A Week Of Reversing Course for Central Banks…”

Central banks around the globe are moving towards policy easing amid the escalating US-China trade war that adds pressure on the world’s slowing economy …

“Greek President’s Approval For A Call For Snap Election …” 

The Greek president accepted a request from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament on Monday triggering a snap election that Tsipras called for next month.  Tsipras called the snap election four months before the end of his term …

“The Mexican And US Talks …”

Mexico wants to persuade the Trump administration that US funding provided under a joint security scheme known as the Merida Initiative would be better spent on the developing of the Mexican southern border region than on military outlays. 

“Italy’s Clash With EU Over Budget Rules…”

Italy’s debt is proportionally the highest in the eurozone after Greece. Italian benchmark bond yields rose by 10 basis points on Tuesday, having increased around 11 basis points on Monday and marked the sharpest two-day rise in benchmark borrowing costs since the start of the year.

“First Green Issue From A Triple-A Rated Sovereign …”

The focus this week was on the Netherlands and its triple-A rated sovereign green bond issued on Tuesday.   Investors placed 21.2 billion euros of orders for the environmentally friendly paper.  The Netherlands follows other countries …

“Bitcoin Tops $8000 …”

As the cryptocurrency’s rally gained momentum, bitcoin surged to more than $8,000 late on Monday, its highest level since July last year.  Bitcoin climbed nearly 17 percent at $8,131 on the Bitstamp Exchange, the largest daily percentage jump since early April.

“A Difficult Week Of Talks …”

Since July 2018 the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China have been involved in a tit-for-tat tariff war as the US demands that China adopt policy changes that would among other things better protect American intellectual property …

“Plunge In Oil Prices…”

Oil prices have been supported by the political crisis in Venezuela, the stricter US sanctions against Iran and the production cuts from OPEC.  Thursday saw oil prices however plunging with US crude dropping ….

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