Market digest

17 April 2020

This Market Digest provides an overview of economic activity and a round-up of financial market news for the past fortnight, as well as the key things to watch out for over the coming weeks.

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Economic news at a glance

Icon chevron-rightCentral banks continue support

Icon chevron-rightNegative economic releases in the US and Europe on jobs, consumption and production

Icon chevron-rightOPEC+ oil supply cuts fail to offset the fall in demand

Financial markets at a glance

Icon chevron-rightSome equity market sectors saw a relief rally as virus risks perceived to have faded

Icon chevron-rightCredit spreads tightened greatly as major central bank programmes to support credit took full effect

Icon chevron-rightYields across the globe continue to fall with central bank policies and dire economic growth expectations

Things to watch

Icon chevron-rightRisk assets, especially equities, have recovered but perhaps beyond what the economic releases imply

Icon chevron-rightFiscal packages have been enhanced – but their effectiveness is yet to be determined

Icon chevron-rightHow resilient will markets be to the Q1 earnings season results?

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