On Monday August 12, Argentina currency, together with stocks and bonds, dropped sharply. Peso was down over 30% to a record low of 60 per US dollar as the President Mauricio Macri unexpectedly suffered a defeat in primary elections with a wide margin on Sunday August 11.
On Tuesday August 13, the US decided to delay the introduction of the additional 10% tariff on Chinese goods like mobile phones, laptops etc. from September 1 to December 15. The US will go ahead with applying 10% additional tariffs on a number of other items as initially planned.
On Wednesday August 14, the US yield curve inverted with the spread between 10-year and 2-year Treasury yields turning negative and on Thursday August 15, the 30-year bond yield fell below 2% for the first time, signalling a forthcoming recession. The US Fed is now expected to cut interest rate by another 0.25% in September meeting.
On Thursday, Alibaba Group reported Q2 earnings, showing a jump in earnings per share of 146.3% YoY and the revenue topped the estimates, growing to $16.74 billion, 42% higher than the same period last year.
Eurozone CPI for July will be announced on Monday August 19, with an expectation of 1.1% YoY.
On Friday August 23, Japan CPI for July will also be published with an expectation of 0.5% YoY.
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0.0 A score of 0 indicates a neutral economic outlook with almost equal probability of positive and negative returns in risky asset classes like equities. The Risk Barometer maintains a balance between equities and other asset classes during such periods.
+1.0 A score of +1.0 indicates an extremely positive economic outlook, which is accompanied by a high probability of positive returns in risky asset classes like equities. The Risk Barometer tilts our portfolios towards equities during such periods.
*as at latest realignment 31/07/19
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