Posts Tagged ‘equity markets’

Week in Review: Minister Mboweni Delivers a Grim Assessment of SA’s Finances

On Wednesday, South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered a grim assessment of the nation’s finances in a special Supplementary Budget Review (SBR) that forecasts a deep South African recession and plunging tax revenues as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown measures. Gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to shrink by 7.2%…

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Week in Review: Crude Oil Plunges

U.S. crude futures dived into negative territory for the first time in history this week amid concerns that there is not enough global storage for a market decimated by collapsing demand amid widespread lockdowns and travel bans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brent Crude finished the week down more than 20% as demand destruction from…

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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: 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: 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 Fears Escalate

Growing concerns about the economic impact of the coronavirus dominated headlines this week. Global equity markets and cyclical sectors underperformed whilst bonds rallied. As the outbreak continues to escalate, the World Health Organization has declared it a public-health emergency of international concern, but said restrictions on commerce weren’t necessary and that it had confidence in…

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