Rollercoaster ride continues across global financial markets

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The markets continued their rollercoaster ride yesterday. The European markets closed down by 5-6% yesterday. The leading index in the USA (S&P500) also closed at -5.2%. However, not only were there large movements compared to the previous day, there were also large swings during the day. The S&P500 was already down 10%, but made up for almost half of its losses in the final hours of trading. To quote Benoit Mandelbrot once again, time is currently moving at a rapid pace in the markets.

Yields from investment-grade government bonds rose again yesterday. Currently, the yield on 10 year German government bonds is around -0.3% and the 10 year US government bond yield is 1.1%. The commodity markets also remain volatile.

What will we be observing in the coming days?

The two poles, which we have already reported on, on several occasions, continue to drive market activity and are also the stimuli that we will continue to monitor closely:

Firstly, the global spread of the virus and the associated containment measures that need to be taken by individual countries. These will lead/have led to supply chains being disrupted and a decline in demand. The latter can also be observed in high-frequency and “alternative data” in the USA: daily data from OpenTable, which measures the restaurant occupancy, which collapsed by 84%. Data from show that traffic in the USA has dropped significantly. This makes a recession very likely in the first half of the year.

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Secondly, the contrasts with monetary and fiscal policy measures taken by central banks and governments. Yesterday, the European Commission announced another bond purchase program, under which an additional EUR 750 billion of bonds are to be purchased. President Lagarde said “extraordinary times require extraordinary measures- There are no limits to our commitment to the euro”. Yesterday, the US Senate debated the USD 1.3 trillion fiscal package proposed by President Trump.

Today we also saw a big rebound as oil jumped as much as 23%, putting it on track for its best day on record, clawing back more than half of the losses from Wednesday’s steep slide.

Moreover, the Bank of England has become the latest global central bank to announce further measures amid the widening virus shock.

Unsurprisingly, policymakers have cut interest rates to 0.1%, which represents a 15 basis point cut, and takes it to a level which the committee has long viewed the effective lower bound. Negative rates aren’t considered a viable tool in the UK, which is why the Bank has followed up with additional quantitative easing. Again while this will come as little surprise, the scale is probably larger than most had been expecting.