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Tuesday July 28th, 2020

The US$ index rebounded from a two-year low as markets consolidated ahead of the FOMC two-day meeting. The FOMC meeting gets underway today, where the central bank is widely expected to leave monetary policy unchanged when it makes its announcement on Wednesday. Ahead of the FOMC, Asian & Europe...
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Monday July 27th, 2020

Surging coronavirus cases, fresh quarantine restrictions and Sino/US tensions continue to dominate market headlines. With virus cases approach 16 ½ million globally (1-million new cases 4-days) and 2nd wave fears prompting the UK to announce new quarantine rules for travelers returning from Spain....
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Friday July 24th, 2020

Geopolitical concerns and the ongoing surge in new Covid-19 cases is causing risk sentiment to wane. In China’s anticipated response to the closure of its Houston consulate, it ordered the closing of the US consulate in Chengdu. The escalating Sino/US tensions saw equity markets weaken, safe haven...
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Currency Markets Review – July 23rd, 2020

Markets move into “risk off” territory amid rising covid-19 cases, weak US jobs data and on-going Sino/US tensions.  US covid cases surpass 4 million as they accumulate 2,600 new cases every hour. US jobless claims add 1.4 million new claims surpassing expectations. Equity markets and oil p...
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Thursday July 23rd, 2020

Investors ignore Sino/US tensions and the accelerating covid-19 cases in the US, but instead focus on the EU and US stimulus packages. China is expected to retaliate against the Houston consulate closing, which is the latest in a slew of escalating clashes between the US and China. US coronavirus ca...
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Currency Markets Review – July 22nd, 2020

Markets end the trading day mixed with investors conflicted between escalating Sino/US tensions and rising Covid-19 cases versus expected EU and US stimulus.  The US gives China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston. Markets now await the Chinese response as they have assured “firm count...
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Wednesday July 22nd, 2020

The US Orders the Chinese consulate in Houston to close and China is expected to retaliate with a similar action. In the US President’s speech yesterday he highlighted that covid-19 cases will worsen before improving as US covid cases surpass 4mio and related US deaths approach 145k. The US corona...
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Tuesday July 21st, 2020

Global markets extended their gains on vaccine hopes and stimulus news from the US and EU. A positive immune response from the Oxford university vaccine and other vaccine projects are also underway providing confidence to investors. The EU have reached an agreement on the Eur 750 bln coronavirus rec...
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Monday July 20th, 2020

Stimulus & Vaccine hopes are balancing out investor concerns over rising coronavirus cases. The EU appears closer to a compromised recovery fund and the US is expected to introduce a new stimulus package this week. The Lancet medical journal is anticipated to publish positive results from AstraZ...
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Friday July 17th, 2020

Markets remain mixed, wanting to rally on economic recover signs, but concerned with the rising covid cases globally and specifically within the US. The US$ index is down ½% since Monday, oil is slightly up since Monday and DJI is up 2% for the week. Lingering high US jobless claims and another rec...
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