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October Monthly

Trade,  central bank policy, and Brexit dominated the investment climate in September. The US-Chinese trade conflict stopped escalating.  Although face-to-face talks are planned in October and the list of exemptions from the punitive tariffs has increased (US soy and pork, for example, are now exempt as are 10 components of Apple’s Mac Book Pro from China), the tensions remain high.  The conflict is more than about more than trade.  It is also about market access, unfair subsidies, and...

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Equities Find Some Traction while the Dollar Firms

Overview:  Equities are paring some of their recent losses.  The MSCI Asia Pacific Index is posting its first back-to-back gain in a month, led by a more than 1% rally in China.  Heightened prospects for an Australian rate cut in a few weeks helped extend the run in the local equity market to a new record high.  European bourses are higher, with the Dow Jones Stoxx 600 rising around 0.3% in the morning session.  US shares are firmer, and the S&P 500 is recouping about half of...

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The Week Ahead featuring the Battle for 7.0

The strategic objective is to integrate China into the world economy.  The liberal international solution was trade, investment flows, and cultural exchanges.  The rise of nationalism and China's own willingness to flaunt the international rules are defeating the strategy.   President Trump may suggest that China would prefer to negotiate with his main Democrat rival 18-months away from the election, by both Pelosi and Schumer's support for the hardline on China indicates a rare united...

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April Monthly Currency Outlook

Poor economic data and soft inflation saw several central banks, including the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank, take a dovish turn in March. Contrary to expectations that interest rates would rise as the G3 central banks were no longer adding to their balance sheets on a combined basis. The sharp drop in interest rates and the flattening of curves in March is one of the key factors shaping the investment climate. The fall in yields has occurred even as oil prices...

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Equities Bounce While Bonds Pullback to End Q1

Overview:  The global growth scare may be subsiding.  It had been fanned by the ECB and Fed statements and projections.  Poor US jobs growth reported in early March and the poor flash EMU PMI late in the month contributed.  The slowdown in China and the flurry of measures to combat it also had a role.  The economic soft patch, late in the business cycle, spooked investors and policymakers but better data has already begun, and more is likely in the coming days.  These...

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Brexit Uncertainty Deepens as Parliament is Divided, while Turkey’s Short Squeeze Falters

Overview:  The lurch lower in global interest rates continue.  The US 10-year yield is at new 15-month lows, five basis points through the average effective Fed funds rate.  Late yesterday, it appeared that 10-year German Bund yields slipped below similar Japanese government bond yields for the first time since  Q4 16, but when the JGB market opened, it the 10-year JGB yield fell a couple more basis points to minus 10, the most negative since August 2016,  The 10-year Bund...

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Global Bond Rally Continues, Greenback Remains Firm

Overview: The US 10-year yield is trading below the Fed funds target.  The two-year yield is trading below the lower end of the Fed funds target range.  A warning by New Zealand that the next rate move could be a cut sent New Zealand and Australian yields to new record lows.  In Japan, the 10-year yield slipped below the overnight unsecured call rate.  Benchmark yields in Europe are mostly lower, with the yield on the 10-year German Bund is slumping to new three-year lows...

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Semblance of Stability Re-Emerging

Overview:  The sell-off in equities seemed to peak yesterday, and US indices were narrowly mixed. Traders found comfort in that performance, even though the S&P 500 finished a little below 2800, and took the markets in the Asia-Pacific region higher, except in China, where the Shanghai Composite fell 1.5%.  Chinese shares saw the most foreign sales over the link with Hong Kong since the second connect was opened a couple of years ago.  The Nikkei led the Asian markets...

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Monday Blues: Equities Pare Quarterly Gains

Overview:  Global equities have soured after the US shares dropped the most since very early in the year before the weekend.  Asia's sell-off was led by the 3% decline in Nikkei, while Malaysia fared among the best, surrendering 1%.  Europe's Dow Jones Stoxx 600 is off for a fourth session. It lost 1.2% at the end of last week and gapped lower today but stabilizing after the better than expected German IFO survey.   The S&P 500 closed its week's lows of 2800.  US shares...

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Thoughts about the Price Action

The Federal Reserve was more dovish than expected, but that did not stop the dollar from appreciating against most of the major currencies last week.  Even the Norwegian krone, which one would have thought would have been better supported following the central bank's rate hike, closed lower on the week. Among the majors, the yen and Swiss franc were resilient in the face of the dollar's strength. The dollar also rose against many of the high-beta emerging market...

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