Nov 19, 2018 8:46 AM | Daily Market News
LGT Navigator: Brexit remains in focus in Thanksgiving week
In Asia, the stock markets started the new week with no clear trend. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA, the trading volume should be lower, but investors will highly anticipate the effects of the upcoming retail blockbuster-days "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday". In Europe, Brexit developments in the UK will continue to be the focus of attention. Prime Minister Theresa May warned that a vote of no confidence against her would complicate negotiations with the EU and that a new British Prime Minister would face the same problems as her.
The ECB's cautious bias toward an interest rate turnaround, despite the announcement to end its billion-dollar bond purchase program probably at the end of this year, weakened the euro significantly. The ECB maintained its key interest rate at a record low and remained extremely cautious in its communication. At the same time, the Bank of Japan also left its key interest rates unchanged and even lowered its inflation expectations.
The capital markets were all relaxed about the thoroughly trend-setting results of the US parliamentary elections, and most stock exchanges recorded some significant gains thanks to the uncertainty that has now been removed. Although US President Donald Trump's position of power has thus been weakened, this should not immediately mean a real change of direction in previous policy, especially with regard to the trade conflict, which is important for the financial markets.