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Week ahead – Future with Biden

When all is well and good, Joe Biden is most likely to be the 46th President of the United States. We can finally put the election behind us and focus on the recovery of the economy stemming from the effects of the Coronavirus. Here is your week ahead.

President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris

Monday, 9th and Tuesday 10th November – Bank of England’s Governor Andrew Bailey Speech

The elections drew our attention in the past week. However, the Coronavirus continues to run rampant in many countries, including the United Kingdom. They recorded over 25,000 new cases on the 7t November, even after Boris Johnson implemented a 4-week lockdown. Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey stated that the Central bank is considering other policy tools such as a path of policy and negative rates – however, it has no fixed order and time frame on when they will use them. He stated that “It will always be dependent upon the state of the world and the state of the economy.” Alongside Bailey’s speech, the UK is set to release its unemployment rate the day after, with analysts predicting an increase of the unemployment rate to 4.8%, up from 4.5% a quarter before. Furthermore, Brexit talks will continue this week, making the Cable an interesting pair to watch.

Monday, 9th November – China’s Consumer Price Index

After beating the Coronavirus,  China is well on its way to recovery. Economists polled by the WSJ protect the consumer price index will rise 0.75% from a year earlier, predicting a number that would be the weakest inflation reading in the past ten years. China has implemented strict Coronavirus rules in order to make sure the outbreak does not resurface. For example, schoolchildren in China must wear masks during the day, re-apply hand sanitizer, and have temperature checks three times a day. Ali Mokdad, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and a former official with the international health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stated that china “have done an amazing job of controlling the virus.”

Wednesday, 11th November – RBNZ Interest Rate decision

With Jacinda Ardern being elected Prime Minister, there is a general consensus that public debt will be set to increase as the government rampantly borrows in order to control the economic effects of the Coronavirus. New Zealand has generally been touted as one of the most successful countries in trying to eliminate the Coronavirus – however, it came at a great economic cost. The IMF forecasts that New Zealand’s economy is expected to fare much worse than most advanced economies, with GDP per capita is predicted to be lower in 2025 than in 2019. However, with most restrictions in New Zealand removed, many local businesses are back and operating.  In October, a survey of 700 global business leaders by Bloomberg ranked New Zealand as the nation that has the best handled the pandemic and the market they would most confident investing in.

Median House Prices in New Zealand

Many Central Bank leaders believe that negative interest rates are the most beneficial when the economy is recovering – and that’s what is currently happening in New Zealand. The average house price in Auckland sold for over $1 Million NZ, which means a  surprise negative interest rate this week ahead; however,  will most definitely send the NZ dollar downwards, which may boost economic activity.

Friday, 13th November – US CPI

With Joe Biden most likely taking the spot of the Presidency, markets can return back to a relative normal. It is a long recovery ahead for the United States, with Biden promising to prioritize eliminating the Coronavirus. Cases in the United States continue to run rampant, with cases reaching an all-time high at 126,000 on 7th November.  It is to be seen whether Biden’s plans will materialize. With that said, the US CPI is stated to say the same at 1.7%.

Friday, 13th November – Europe GDP

The UK, Italy, France, and Germany are all experiencing second waves in their respective countries. This has forced many of them to enter a second lockdown, essentially locking in a “double-dip” recession, as CNN puts it. The European Unions GDP surged 12.1% between July and September, as restrictions eased all around the bloc. However, with restrictions coming back, these gains may be short-lived. Andrew Kenningham stated that “It is difficult to think of another occasion when such ‘good news’ will have so little to cheer” and that “the second wave of Coronavirus restrictions is about to push the single currency area into a double-dip recession”. With that said, analysts predict  GDP figures to stay relatively equal at around 12.1%

Relatively quiet week ahead in comparison to previous weeks. Don’t forget to stay safe, and trade safe.

Congratulations, Joe Biden.

Election And Whats Happening In The Markets

One of the most anticipated days for the markets, the Election has approached us in the midst of one of the most turbulent years in the past decade. It is important to note the critical factors that the markets look for and a general overview of the markets.

Certainty is the leading factor the markets are looking for

Earlier today, as Biden strongly lead the race, commodity and equity markets were up firmly as the likelihood of a contested election faded away. However, with Trump planning to contest the election results alongside Trump claiming that the Democrats are stealing the Election by allowing votes to be continued after the ballots close, a contested election has come back into question. Markets started to retreat, with the Dow Jones pushing lower.

Sells on the indices as uncertainty spiked. NASDAQ in Blue, Dow Jones in Orange

There are no consistent signals showing consensus in the Market

As predicted, volatility has been rocking the futures market today. Particularly with Gold, a commodity that was expected to do relatively well amidst the volatility has taken on an equity-like behavior instead of being a "save haven."

Gold swingin'.

Equity markets have swung back and forth, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones being up / down 1% during the day. A little bit more consistent, the NASDAQ has been up above 2% for most of the day as many investors and traders retreat to tech stocks as a "defensive" play. With that said, U.S. futures near the tail end of the night grinded lower with European equities trading in the negative territory.

Another consistent player in the Market has been the U.S. dollar, as investors and traders sell positions to hold the U.S. It has rallied on risk-off trades. However, it has remained relatively flat. If you take a look at the cable, it essentially mirrors the dollar index.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

It's going to be a tight race

The Democrats hope for a blue sweep have all but gone as Donald Trump clinches Florida and Ohio, battleground states that Biden hoped to win. Fabiana Fedeli, global head of fundamental equities at Robeco, said that "The blue wave trade has been going on since summer and has built up more recently, and I would expect to unravel now." However, she does warn that trading the outcome "makes no sense."

Remember, its not about total votes - its about the electoral votes.

We can clearly state that we do not know what's going to happen in the next couple of hours. However, as all is said and done, markets should return back to a relative normal. Stay put. Stay safe and Trade safe.