China’s GDP was published on Monday January 18, showing a growth of 6.5% YoY in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the GDP for the entire year of 2020 saw a 2.3% increase to stand at a record high of 101.6 trillion yuan ($15.4 trillion).
Joe Biden was inaugurated as US President on Wednesday January 20 and signed a series of executive actions last week, some of which reversed Trump’s policies, such as orders to require mask-wearing, demand the US to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and halt the construction of the US-Mexico border wall.
Italian government approved an additional €32 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to help national health services and businesses closed due to the Covid pandemic. The stimulus spending will add to Italy’s 2021 budget deficit.
On Thursday January 21, ECB decided to maintain the benchmark interest rate at 0%, with the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility rates at 0.25% and -0.50% respectively and said will keep the rates accommodative until the inflation outlook of Eurozone improves close to, but below 2%.
UK unemployment rate will be released on Tuesday January 26 and is expected at 5.1%.
Germany IFO Business Climate index will be published on the Monday January 25, expected at 91.3.
-1.0 A score of -1.0 indicates an extremely poor economic outlook, which is accompanied by a high probability of negative returns in risky asset classes like equities. The Risk Barometer tilts our portfolios away from equities during such periods.
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 18/01/21
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