On Thursday 7 February, the BoE announced that the current benchmark interest rate will remain unchanged at 0.75%, meanwhile cutting UK GDP growth forecast from 1.7% to 1.2% for 2019 and from 1.7% to 1.5% for 2020.
On Thursday, Theresa May failed to persuade the EU to reopen the Brexit deal for further negotiation in a meeting with the EC president Jean-Claude Juncker. The President however expressed that he would be open to adding wording to the Brexit Political Declaration.
On Thursday, SoftBank Group announced a share buyback of $5.46bn or 10.3% of its market value after its earnings report. Sony followed the repurchase plan, by announcing its own $910 million share buyback on Friday 8 February.
On Thursday, Trump confirmed that the meeting with Chinese President Xi will not take place before 1 March, the expiry date of the trade truce agreed by the US and China.
US CPI will be released on Wednesday 13 February and is expected to come in at 1.5% YoY.
UK CPI will also be published on Wednesday 13 February and is expected to come in at 1.9% YoY.
-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 31/01/19
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