Tag: APAC Market Corner

Switching Hats 

Switching Hats  After rallying into the historic Singapore summit, stock indexes are little changed and for the most part, trading sideways as we enter the business part of the week. Dealers have switched hats, discarding well-worn geopolitical “Tams”, in favour of the lightly used central bank” Porkpie Hat” and taking dead-eye focus on the trio […]

It’s showtime !

Enough with the speculation and all the teasers, it’s showtime!chil Not surprisingly it was a quiet session overnight despite the abundance of commentary and conjecture for today’s Trump-Kim Summit. FX interbank tapes indicated a staggering -45 % drop in electronic volumes as traders thought best to sit on their hands ahead of this week’s significant […]


MARKETS BRACE FOR “BUSIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR” Stephen Innes, Head of Trading in Asia-Pacific, OANDA, Singapore Also, Friday marks the deadline for the White House to finalise a list of tariffs on Chinese goods. Stephen outlines how market expectations are shaping up for the week ahead. Presented by: Sharaad Kuttan, Melisa Idris, Tan Chung […]

Calm before chaos but more likely the fear of the unknown.

Calm before chaos but more likely the fear of the unknown. But one thing that we do know for sure is the president’s uncontrollable need to defend his status is more apparent than any strategy when comes to bilateral trade negotiations. But, the far from harmonious Quebec summit confirmed deep-seated G6+1’s expanding policy fissures on […]

Market Scuttlebutt 

Market Scuttlebutt There’s a high level of circumspection associated with this weekend’s G7 meeting as President Trump prepares to enter the G-7 lion’s den. Usually, a non-event for markets but with all the focus on escalating trade tensions amongst long-standing G-7 allies, there’s a good reason for investors to be chary as this meeting is […]

Let the Games Begin

 Maximus Pressure or Circus Maximus Both the S & P and Nasdaq fell overnight snapping the 5-day winning streak as the tech sector sags. But entering weeks end investors are taking another peek at the calendar and thinking that perhaps booking some profit is prudent in case politics gets messy over the next week or […]

US equity markets defy gravity.

US equity markets defy gravity. Equity Markets US equity markets continue to defy gravity and extending the recent winning streak to four straight sessions. It was all about the financials as a series of coordinated hawkish comments from ECB members,  that the end of QE will be top of the to-do list with some suggesting […]

Investors utterly unfazed by trade tariffs

  Investors utterly unfazed by trade tariffs Stock market investors remain utterly unfazed by the prospects of trade tariffs or even higher interest rates as consecutive monthly payroll numbers continue to support the Goldilocks economy sweet spot scenario. Employers are aggressively ramping up staff, but wages are rising much less dramatically. So far, investors remain […]

Chasing One’s Tail

Chasing one’s tail There’s a lot less drama to start the week but still plenty of possible noisemakers in play to keep things interesting. Global trade war tensions are on the rise again so on the heels of the latest US administrations salvo of metal import tariffs, the market’s focus will be directed at trade […]

A tempest in an espresso cup

A tempest in an espresso cup The markets are looking much more constructive to end the week than they did to start, and with trade wars still lingering, that is saying a lot. Mind you, the Italian rumpus, and ensuing blow-off was incredibly intense so investors will be keen to put politics on the back […]