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Life after lockdown: what’s next for markets?

Steven Bell Webinar – 30 July 2020
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Steven Bell

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager & Chief Economist, Multi Asset Solutions

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Steven Bell rounds up the month’s economic news and answers your questions on the outlook for financial markets.

  • The US has turned a corner, but the media are painting a bleak picture: the second wave in the US has been centred in the ‘sun belt’ states, namely Florida, Texas and California, which are the 3 most populous states so they matter the most. The US media has been reporting surging cases, when data has showed cases have clearly plateaued and were set to decline.

 

  • Economic support is huge but differs between regions: whereas Europe has tended to subsidise people to remain employed, the US has allowed unemployment to skyrocket and given very generous benefits; $600 a week from the Federal government – more than average wages in most states, but that expired on 31 July.

 

  • Second-quarter earnings have not hit the predicted lows: this year, the downgrades for earnings estimates have been massive, but they are starting to flatten. Relative to those very depressed expectations, a high proportion of companies have reported ahead of forecasts.

 

  • Positive on a vaccine and risk assets: Markets have recovered most of their losses from earlier this year but there’s still so much pessimism that I remain modestly bullish for risk assets.

 

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