Weekly Market Commentary

A weekly roundup of the latest developments in the financial markets and the economy.


18 March 2019 Progress in U.S./China trade talks appearing to buoy the markets

U.S. stocks were higher, finishing the week solidly to the upside, with reports of progress from the Chinese state media on the U.S./China trade front appearing to buoy the markets. Analysts believe, headlines around Brexit and trade negotiations will persist in the coming weeks, but the market will likely filter the noise.

11 March 2019 Health of the global economy weighed on sentiment

U.S. stocks modestly added to only the second weekly decline of 2019, courtesy of resurfacing global growth uneasiness. Robust new investment-grade corporate bond issuance caused credit spread to widen across most sectors. The precarious economic outlook in the Eurozone took centre stage this week, capped by a high-profile meeting of the ECB.

4 March 2019 Political headlines shaking the markets

In a week jam-packed with economic and political headlines, the market focused on fundamentals – modest economic growth, low inflation, and progress towards a trade agreement. Elsewhere, trade tensions have been a constant source of market volatility over the past year, as negations between the world’s two largest economies continue to play out.