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    Nan Wang

    Below you will find all posts by Nan.

  • Keep Calm and Carry On

    Last week, the S&P index headed for the worst month since 2009. Concerns about peak earnings and high valuations sent most sectors down with the MSCI World Stock Index falling 3.90%. The safe heaven assets from gold to Treasuries rose as investors sought refuge. Last Tuesday, Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co. plunged following their third […]

  • Another Volatile Week

    Global equity markets had a tumultuous few days last week, triggered by rising Treasury rates and trade war concerns. On Friday, the U.S. equity markets and emerging markets pared some losses as trade tensions eased. The U.S. market was also boosted by solid earnings from the banking sector. The S&P index and the MSCI world […]

  • Optimism Boosts Equity Markets

    The U.S. equity market had a strong week with the S&P 500, the Russell 2000 and Nasdaq Composite all reaching record highs. Federal Reserve chief, Jeremy Powell’s speech gave markets confidence that the central bank will not accelerate the pace of rate hikes. The global equity markets had a positive week with the MSCI World […]

  • Earnings Seasons

    Last week, investors shifted attention from trade war concerns to earnings releases. About a third of the S&P 500 companies reported results last week, including Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Most of the companies that have reported earnings so far have had positive results, leading to a 1.6% gain for the Dow index, […]

  • Central Banks Under the Spotlight

    Last week, central banks of America, Europe and Japan all had policy updates. While the Fed and the European Central Bank (ECB) sounded more hawkish, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept the dovish tone in its policy outlook. The equity markets fluctuated amid renewed concerns of trade war between the world’s two largest economies. The […]

  • Protectionism Shakes Markets

    Equity markets fluctuated last week amid geopolitical concerns. Despite the turmoil, the S&P 500 ended the week higher after the release of strong job data on Friday. In recent years, we have seen a rising force of nationalist politics across the world. U.S. President Donald Trump and Italy’s two leading parties, for example, have emphasized […]

  • Government Policies Take Center Stage

    The U.S. equity market had another volatile week. The week started with sloppy performance despite strong earnings results. On Friday, the broad market was lifted by strong technology and financial shares, erasing almost all losses for the week. Main events last week included the Fed meeting and a high level delegation of U.S. trade negotiators […]

  • Monthly Global Market Commentary April 23, 2018

    Last week, investors shifted focus from political tensions to first quarter earnings releases. The U.S. equity market started strong as high earnings boosted market optimism. All major indices pared gains later in the week led primarily by weak technology sector performance. Nevertheless, the S&P 500 index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq all […]

  • Fed and White House Leave Investors on Edge

    Last week, global equity markets plunged on renewed concerns over trade and interest rates. The week started with a decline in technology sector shares triggered by an apparent data leak at social media giant, Facebook. Then the broad market dropped further on Wednesday following the monthly FOMC meeting which indicated more aggressive fed funds rate […]

  • Monthly Global Market Commentary January 2018

    Global equities markets have had a record start this year, with the MSCI world index increasing by 4.5% in the first three weeks of 2018. In the U.S., the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all had the best start of a year since 2004. The S&P index has exceeded 2800 for the first time, while reaching […]

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