Last week saw another sell-off in US Treasury bonds with the ten-year Treasury yield climbing to 1.54% on Thursday March 4. The rise in Treasury yields again weighed on US tech stocks and the Nasdaq plunged to two-month low.
Crude prices surged last week as OPEC+ alliance unexpectedly announced their decision to keep the current oil output cuts while the global oil market is recovering. The Saudi Energy Minister noted that the pandemic risks still remain and OPEC and OPEC+ should keep their power dry.
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday March 3 that the UK corporation tax will be increased to 25% from 19% in 2023 and government will freeze income-tax allowances from April 2022 to 2026.
On Friday March 5, China National People’s Congress announced a modest target for GDP growth of over 6% for 2021, setting an annual inflation target at 3% approximately and cutting the budget deficit to 3.2% of GDP for 2021.
China CPI for February will be announced on Wednesday March 10, expected at -0.4% YoY.
ECB interest rate decision will be announced on Thursday March 11, expected to remain at 0.00%.
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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.
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*as at latest realignment 26/02/21
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