Jun 25, 2018
Capital markets are once again focusing on the trading tensions between the two largest economies in the world. Following the European Union's retaliation on US steel and aluminum tariffs, US President Donald Trump has announced a potential further escalation of the trade dispute. On this backdrop, Asian stock markets started the new trading week with moderate losses.
Jun 22, 2018
In view of the continuing risk of a further expansion of the trade conflict, caution dominates stock market sentiment. At the same time, the Swiss National Bank confirmed its loose monetary policy in the back of geopolitical uncertainties and the recent renewed strengthening of the Swiss franc.
Jun 21, 2018
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said yesterday at an ECB conference that in view of low unemployment, an inflation rate close to the Fed's target and a roughly balanced economic outlook, he sees strong arguments in favor of a further gradual increase in key rates. At the same time, however, Powell also pointed to the high level of uncertainty in the current environment, such as the trade conflict. The Fed is forecasting two more rate hikes in 2018 after raising its key interest rate last week for the second time this year and for the seventh time since the turnaround in rates initiated
at the end of 2015.
Jun 20, 2018
Sentiment on the stock markets remains tense in view of the escalation in the trade dispute between the USA and China. Against the backdrop of the trading conflict, stocks on Wall Street dived and the SMI briefly reached its lowest level since February 2017.
Jun 19, 2018
The intensification of the trade conflict between the US and China and the dispute in the German government over refugee policy caused uncertainty among investors and increased profit taking on stock markets at the beginning of the week. Tensions will continue to keep the capital markets in check, as US President Trump is again accepting an escalation of the trade dispute with China and has already threatened further punitive tariffs worth USD 200bn.