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Despite everything default rates are around 3.5%, whilst Global debt has soared with Central Banks buying it back for Quantitative Easing & market support.
Providing a boost to the Canadian Dollar, the Central Bank of Canada announced it is scaling back on its pandemic relief given the progress of the economy.
This week saw releases around GDP growth, retail sales & inflation, which are all rising. Biden's $1.9trn stimulus package is having an immediate effect.
The Biden administration is to raise the US corporate tax rate to 28% and has also proposed to set a global minimum corporation tax rate of 21%.
Latest manufacturing figures show that UK firms are adapting well & with the current lockdown not proving as obstructive as initially thought.
This week a number of developing countries raised interest rates & others could follow suit. Meanwhile, Norway stated it will bring forward it's rate hike.
The successful passage of the US stimulus bill dominated news this week and it was quite the result for the Biden presidency with the full amount passed.
Global manufacturing activity is strong, but services could start to improve once the impact of economic stimulus & vaccinations starts to filter through.
10-year government bond yields continued to soar this week. The continuing trend that began at the start of the year, this week became more pronounced.
As companies adapt, they become smarter at dealing with the virus and lockdowns, meaning they have been able to keep the production cycle running.
The never ending story that is Bitcoin continued this week with Tesla's announcement that it had bought $1.5bn of Bitcoin. Sending the price soaring again.
Some economies seem to be holding up well, with strong data from the US indicating very healthy expansion. Whilst Chinese data has slipped back a little.
The big news this week and one which has dominated market volatility, has been the short squeeze saga around certain companies, most notably GameStop.
There is reason to be optimistic for 2021 – the global growth outlook is expected to be strong and may even surprise on the upside.
Climate change, ESG, artificial intelligence, productivity, the rise of China and returns from bonds are some of the secular trends investors should follow
The UK is about to find out if it can claw its way out of the covid hole and restore a modicum of glory – at a time when the world’s eyes are on it.
As November draws to a close, equities have seen extraordinary gains so far this month.
Two pieces of data are top of mind for investors this week, the acceleration of US COIVD-19 cases & the US home price affordability growing exponentially.
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