Yesterday marked the worst day for global markets since the 2008 financial crisis. This is on the back of the collapse in oil prices, down over 30% at one point, as Saudi Arabia notified its clients that it will sell oil at reduced prices from 1 April 2020. This is to protect its market share while demand is low.
This is effectively the second black swan to hit the market after the corona viru... ››› more
Over the past year we've seen a number of factors drag the world economy down.
From the sudden cut in interest rates in September, to the ongoing war with Brexit and with the US-China trade war, to the oil output being decimated by a drone attack in Saudi Arabia…
We are now seeing the aftermath and the ripple effect, unfortunately hit home…
In fact, we had an announcement last week... ››› more
Global markets are riding a rising tide of positivity from hawkish FOMC meeting minutes, US Fed Chair Powell indicating the US economy is strong and a positive US and Mexico trade deal.
Investors shouldn't fear new record highs because historical market data indicates it's a bullish signal. When a new all-time high is achieved, there is a 90% chance of achieving a new all-time high in the four... ››› more
Global markets typically have a good run in April before the “Sell in May and Go Away” period, but the spike in volatility in February and March has shaken investors. With global markets down year to date, we should see investors buy this dip and a potential run up in April that will make up for 2018's rocky first quarter.
The below graph shows the S&P 500's average monthly return for the ... ››› more
Global markets are watching developments around the French elections for direction. Once again, a far-right candidate, with radical views is the underdog and has the potential to create a shock to the status quo.
Emmanuel Marcon is leading Marine Le Pen after the first round, both candidates have offered to hold referendums on remaining part of the European Union.
The US earnings season k... ››› more
Today, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange followed global markets lower.
Last night, the S&P 500 in New York lost over 2%.
So what's causing the markets to fall?
Let's take a closer look…
Stock markets are making up for the sharp fall in New York
Stock markets are under severe pressure after the “sell-off in New York” yesterday, reports Fin24. There are a number of ... ››› more
Following three trading sessions down, shares on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) blasted higher yesterday.
And the JSE wasn't the only stock market to have a good day. Across the globe, bourses rallied.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on…
The JSE rose over 1%
The JSE closed strongly higher breaking its losing run, says Fin24. An appetite for risk “returned to global ma... ››› more
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After a dreadful start to the year, global markets consolidated towards the end of week. Though the recent fall was quite painful for investors, it wasn't exceptional. Since 2009, the S&P 500 has fallen by 5% or more 18 times. Twice by more than 10%. This week's fall was only around 6%. If history holds, we can expect another two similar pullbacks this year alone! Despite this, since 2009 the S&P ... ››› more
Last week was a volatile one for the global markets with significant moves, both up and down. However, there was little overall direction in the market, despite interesting releases out of China, most notably the HSBC China PMI. Here's what happened and what you can expect from next week's economic data…
Last week's HSBC China PMI figure came in lower than expected.
This reinforced ... ››› more
The JSE opened firmly higher today following comments by the US Federal Reserve and chairman Ben Bernanke last night. It looks like America's $85 billion a month stimulus programme is set to continue for the time being. This sent the gold price rising and is great news for the JSE. Let's have a look at what's going on…
The JSE “followed global markets higher” today after Ben Bernanke, chai... ››› more
The markets crept higher today. Comments made by a US Federal Reserve (Fed) official calmed fears of cuts to its stimulus programme happening too quickly. And US economic data came out which was slightly better than expected, but this indicates the economy was still weak…
Global stock markets rose today showing stability “from a dramatic sell-off as investors’ view strengthened that major ... ››› more
After a rollercoaster ride on the markets yesterday, today has seen a slight recovery. With stock markets across the world plunging after the US Federal Reserve confirmed that it would be cutting back on its stimulus programme, some stability has returned. Here's what has been going on…
Traders and brokers across the globe would have been glad to see the end of yesterday after most markets exp... ››› more
Following the much anticipated statement by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) about its stimulus programme, markets around the globe have plunged. And it's not just emerging markets feeling the pain…
Stock markets in Europe fell “sharply after the US central bank signalled it could begin to scale back its economic stimulus programme later this year,” reports the BBC. And to make matters worse, ... ››› more
Stock markets around the world have fallen today. And there's no respite for the JSE. Here's what's going on and why it's made the markets so skittish…
The global markets are plagued with uncertainty at the moment.
No one knows what’s going to happen in Japan or the States, and this is knocking on to the markets.
Worse hit are emerging markets who are the victims of abandonment in time... ››› more
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