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Our pragmatic assessment of global economic and financial market developments and how this affects our most pressing investment goals.

August 8, 2019

Asian stocks were mostly higher Thursday as investors mulled China’s daily currency fixing, which was stronger than expected, and following a late recovery in US equities overnight. Treasuries pared gains and the yuan climbed. South Korean stocks outperformed amid signs of easing tensions with Japan. China’s Shanghai Composite rose from the lowest level since February and gains in the yuan helped lift the Australian dollar.

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July 29, 2019

Asian stocks dipped at the start of an event-filled week that features the resumption of US-China trade talks, an expected Federal Reserve interest-rate cut, further corporate-earnings releases and the monthly American payrolls report. Hong Kong equities declined as increasing concern about ongoing protests hit real estate and transport operators. Futures on the S&P 500 dipped after the index closed at a fresh record high Friday. 2-year Treasury yields are around their average for the month ahead of the anticipated Fed rate cut.

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July 18, 2019

Stocks in Asia dropped and the yen hit a two-week high on deepening concerns about a weak earning season and the consequences of a continuing trade battle between Japan and South Korea, two of the region’s four largest economies. Treasuries extended gains while US futures dipped.

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July 9, 2019

Asian stocks saw muted trading Tuesday after their US counterparts slipped overnight, with Treasuries little changed. S&P 500 futures edged lower as investors took a cautious approach ahead of key testimony this week from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, and as investors dialled back expectations of aggressive monetary easing following Friday’s solid US jobs report.

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June 27, 2019

Asian stocks advanced on optimism that the US and China will declare another truce in their trade war at a presidential meeting on Saturday. The yen extended losses after the biggest drop since April. U.S. stock futures also climbed after reports that the current plan is for the US to hold fire on hiking tariffs on another swathe of Chinese imports. 10yr Treasury yields edged up, while safe haven assets such as gold remain lower.

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June 17, 2019

Asian indices were mixed at the start of a big week for central bank policy. Treasuries edged lower after upbeat economic data at the end of last week left some doubts about a more dovish position from the Fed. Investors will be scrutinizing the Fed’s policy decision Wednesday for signals on the chances of rates cuts ahead. Meantime, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross reiterated that the prospect of a major trade deal is unlikely to emerge from a possible meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping later this month.

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June 11, 2019

Asian stocks advanced Tuesday as investor focus returned to the US-China trade arena, while Treasury yields steadied after Monday’s gains. Earlier, the S&P 500 Index rose for a fifth straight session, though closed below the highs of the day. President Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on China again if President Xi Jinping doesn’t meet with him at the Group of 20 summit at month-end.

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June 4, 2019

Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday after a technology rout sank Nasdaq shares overnight. Treasuries came off their highs after yields dived on growing conviction the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates. The Nasdaq 100 Index tumbled more than 2% Monday as the FAANG cohort of tech companies was said to potentially face antitrust probes. 2-year US yields earlier dropped to their lowest since 2017 a Fed official said the central bank may need to cut rates soon amid the trade war.

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May 22, 2019

Asian stocks were little changed in earlier trading Wednesday as traders await the next page in the US-China trade war and any fresh narratives on the Fed, which releases minutes from its last policy meeting today. Earlier, US stocks closed higher after the US decided to grant limited relief for consumers and carriers that do business with Huawei Technologies Co. Safe havens such as Treasuries and the yen were flat.

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