Investors bullish on China

As COVID fears rattled global asset markets earlier this week, one country was notably absent from the sell-off. China’s CSI 300 Index rallied in the midweek, while stocks across the US and Europe slid the other way. China’s breakaway from the pack has been noticeable for some time – out of the major global indices…

Canary in the oil well?

Back in February, tumbling oil prices were a harbinger of things to come. It became clear the world was heading for a crisis – one that would eventually force governments to shutter their economies and plunge the global economy into its deepest-ever recession on record. The economic ice age to come would severely hamper oil…

Sun lit uplands or a Covid gorge

Sunlit uplands or COVID gorge?

Halloween is around the corner and markets had plenty to frighten them this week. Across Europe, the second wave of infections has risen higher than the first. While new lockdown measures are less stringent this time (schools and businesses can remain open unless social distancing is impossible), shutting down social interactions, just as the service…

India revisited

Indian equities have been on a roll. Since the global sell-off through the end of February and March, Indian stocks have recovered over 40%. That still leaves the Indian market down around 2% year- to-date, but compared to other emerging markets, India is faring well, outrunning China particularly over the past couple of weeks. One…

Brexit Negotiations

Watching and waiting

A noticeable winter chill is in the air this week. The threat of fresh lockdown measures has become reality, with renewed restrictions coming into force not just in the UK, but across most of continental Europe as well. But unfortunately, the UK – once again – is faring particularly badly in virus terms. At the…

UK and EU

UK and EU

It may be the hundredth time saying this, but despite the all-dominating focus on COVID, it is now also Brexit crunch time, given the UK government rejected the offer of a further extension when the lockdown ‘sabotaged’ the already tight negotiation schedule. Britain’s official transition period of EU membership still only lasts until the end…