Posts Tagged ‘China’

Optimism Outweighs Geopolitical Tensions

Despite escalating tensions between the U.S. and China – with this week focusing on President Trump placing restrictions on Chinese social-media apps including TikTok and WeChat – global markets recorded solid gains. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index recorded fresh new highs and the S&P 500 Index is within 1.2% of its all-time high, recorded in…

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Week in Review: U.S.-China Trade Tensions Escalate

Escalating tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on global equity markets this week, with the S&P 500 Index briefly turning positive for 2020 before retreating. Tensions arose after the U.S. accused two Chinese hackers of targeting American companies working on virus research and stealing information. It also ordered the shutdown of China’s Houston consulate,…

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Week in Review: Markets Shrug Off Weak Data

Major indexes were mostly stronger this week, as investors weighed record downturns in economic data against hopes that progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic may soon result in the partial reopening of economies. Investors cheered early indications that coronavirus infection rates may be peaking in Europe and the U.S. along with announcements that governments are…

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Week in Review: Virus Emergency

Global equity markets finished sharply lower over the week after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) a global pandemic. The declines pushed the major indexes well into bear market territory with the onset being the fastest in history and the Dow suffering its worst daily decline since 1987. The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX)…

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Week in Review: Central Banks Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Major stock market indexes ended the week mixed as extraordinary volatility driven by COVID-19 fears continues. Possible policy responses from the U.S. and other governments to the COVID-19 outbreak took centre stage this week. G-7 finance ministers and central-bank governors met on Tuesday, pledging to use “all appropriate policy tools” to safeguard the global economy…

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Week in Review: Coronavirus Sparks Market Correction

Coronavirus panic has sent world equity markets into correction (a correction is a 10 percent drop in stocks from their most recent peak) territory. While the rate of reported cases in China slowed and Chinese companies that were shuttered in February started to reopen, the headlines that the virus is spreading at an increased rate…

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Coronavirus – Update

We don’t yet know how dangerous the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 is, and we won’t know until more data becomes available. What we do know is that the probability of dying if infected by the virus is significantly higher for vulnerable members of the…

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Week in Review: President Ramaphosa delivers SONA 2020

Global attention remained on the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases rose and China’s factories try to reopen. Equities were mostly stronger for a second straight week while bond yields stayed unchanged, a sign that investors are cautiously optimistic. In the U.S., Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair, Jerome Powell’s commentary took centre stage, where…

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Week in Review: Coronavirus Death Toll Rises

Countries around the world are stepping up efforts to tackle the threat of the spread of coronavirus. The latest figures brought the total number of deaths in China to at least 722 with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 34,000. Most of the newly reported deaths, 81, occurred in Hubei Province, the heart…

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