Impact Rising Geopolitical Tensions Could Have on Fed’s Outlook
In August, the financial markets saw a surge in volatility as North Korea threatened missile launches that would target the US territory of Guam.
Equity markets in the US and across the globe reported heavy losses as risk aversion set in.
Bonds, especially U.S. Treasuries (GOVT), are considered one of the safest assets in which to park your funds in times of uncertainty.
Last week’s rising geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea turned the tide for the yen. The Swiss franc also appreciated.
The safe havens that benefit the most in times of uncertainty include gold (GLD) and U.S. Treasuries (GOVT).
Some companies benefit in times of uncertainty, and some sectors provide cover for investors.
The last few days have been tense for the markets after the war of words between President Trump and the North Korean regime, and all the major indexes turned negative.
According to North Korea, it recently launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. The move has come just ahead of the annual G20 meeting that’s scheduled for July 7–8, 2017.
President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered a Section 232 investigation to discover whether steel imports are a threat to US national security.
Apple has created a $1.0 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund to bring jobs to the United States. The first beneficiary of this fund is its glass supplier, Corning.
The Alerian MLP Index (AMZ) closed 1.9% lower on May 17, 2017.
As part of Obamacare, a medical device tax of 2.3% has been implemented on medical device companies in the United States.
President Donald Trump’s proposed policies were expected to boost US economic growth and revive the country’s employment outlook. However, investors are starting to grow wary.
The EU’s light immigration laws have helped and continue to aid the economic development of EU countries. But there have been areas of concern.
In the past two quarters, we’ve seen that France’s GDP growth has been improving gradually.
On Sunday, after the announcement of the French Presidential election exit polls, the euro jumped a near five-month high against the US dollar.
The German market is stable amid the global relief rally triggered by France’s presidential election on April 24.
After regaining strength on Monday and stabilizing above the important price level of 24,000, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index continued to move higher.
After regaining strength last week, the S&P 500 opened higher on Monday and closed the day at the highest levels in three weeks.
After falling to the lowest levels since February last week, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 index is trading higher in the morning session on Monday.