Gerald Fitzgerald’s Market Review 14th October
14 October 2019
LAST WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
Politics took centre stage last week. Markets finished the week on a high after Donald Trump announced significant progress in trade discussions with China. Meanwhile closer to home, talks continued behind closed doors on the UK’s exit from the EU. Markets received these events warmly with global equities eroding earlier week losses to finish the week 0.7% higher.
Amidst the risk-on sentiment gold fell by 1.7% and bond yields saw a notable rise towards the end of last week, with the German 10-year bund finishing the week 0.15% higher at -0.44%.
THIS WEEK IN 30 SECONDS...
Brexit discussions take centre stage this week as Boris Johnson looks to avoid extending the UK’s exit date from the EU.
Quarterly earnings disclosures for Q3 2019 begin this week with over 500 companies announcing results including Netflix, IBM and Citigroup Inc. Investors will look closely for further indications of falling earnings expectations as a guide to the health of the global economy.
Elsewhere, US retail sales information are due for release on Wednesday, with an anticipated deteriorating German economic sentiment output due for release on Tuesday.
STERLING SUPPORTED YET VOLATILE TWO WEEKS AHEAD
Since the UK’s referendum to leave the EU, after an initial fall in value versus the Euro, the Pound Sterling has seen ample volatility albeit within a set range. With the impending withdrawal on the 31st October, expect further gyrations ahead, in particular, in the binary situation where a deal or no deal is enacted.
By Gerald Fitzgerald, Investment Consultant
Gerald Fitzgerald joined Invesco’s Investment Consulting team in 2015 and has 10 years industry experience assisting clients with their investment & actuarial requirements. Gerald is a Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) and a graduate of both University College Cork and University College Dublin.