The US – China trade war escalated further, with the US announcing additional 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on Monday September 17 and China retaliating by levying a 5% to 10% tax on $60 billion worth of US goods on Tuesday September 18.
UK CPI for August was released on Wednesday September 19 and came in at 2.7%, surprisingly higher than economists’ estimates of 2.4%.
On Wednesday September 18, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a decrease by 2.1 million barrels of US crude oil inventories for the week ending September 14.
The Pound rallied against the USD to a two-month high on Thursday September 20, trading at $1.325.
UK GDP growth will be released on Friday September 28, at an expected rate of 1.3% YoY.
On the same day Friday September 28, Japan’s unemployment rate for August will be released and is expected at 2.4%.
-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 31/08/18
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