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Please see below for economic and market news from Brooks McDonald’s in-house research team posted 05/10/2020:

In Summary

  • Donald Trump’s hospitalisation rattled markets last week but reports that he is recovering buoy sentiment
  • US Stimulus talks remain ongoing but the two sides are still far apart, raising the risk of further delay
  • Barnier’s talk with EU countries over the UK fisheries policies suggests possible compromise ahead

Donald Trump’s hospitalisation rattled markets last week but reports that he is recovering buoy sentiment

After a weaker Friday, the expectation that Donald Trump may be released from hospital as soon as today has helped markets start the week in positive territory. US politics is certainly the key topic at the moment with investors trying to weigh up the probability of a Biden ‘clean sweep’ but also whether any US stimulus will come prior to the election.

US Stimulus talks remain ongoing, but the two sides are still far apart, raising the risk of further delay

Last week saw a volatile Presidential debate and the hospitalisation of Donald Trump due to COVID-19. It is still too early to say whether the latter has had any impact on polling. The two polls which took place during Friday and Saturday (when the news had broken) suggest Joe Biden’s lead remains intact but further information will be needed. Previously, investors were favouring a Trump re-election given the continuity and more market friendly policies. As the risk of a contested election rises and stimulus is delayed, the preference of markets appears to be shifting towards a comprehensive Joe Biden win. The logic is that a clear win is difficult to legally challenge by Donald Trump but also that it will allow significant fiscal policy to be unveiled. The less market-friendly policies are unlikely to be tabled whilst the US is focusing on the economic recovery and this buys time. Over the weekend, Donald Trump tweeted in support of stimulus, asking lawmakers to ‘work together and get it done’ however the gap between the Democrats and White House still appears to be significant.

Barnier’s talk with EU countries over the UK fisheries policies suggests possible compromise ahead

We have learned not to hold our breath on Brexit trade talks but despite the recent bluster there are signs that both sides are getting closer to a deal. While little concrete information came out of the call between Johnson and von der Leyen on Saturday, both sides stated their commitment to finding an agreement. The Financial Times suggested yesterday that EU negotiator Michel Barnier was set to have talks with EU countries impacted by the fisheries policy. This would suggest movement on one of the main sticking points alongside the role of state aid. US politics is likely to dominate the week ahead with European COVID-19 cases rising steadily in the background. Paris is shutting all bars from Tuesday amid a continued increase in cases. In the UK, hopes that cases had slowed last week were quashed as 16,000 cases were found to be unreported between 25 September and 2 October. This week we will also see the releases of the services and manufacturing Purchasing Managers Indexes across the world, with most countries reporting today and the UK tomorrow.

Although current global events may cause market researchers and analysts to concentrate heavily on certain areas of the market (in this case the US Election and it’s effect on the US Economy), it is important that we keep our views as holistic as possible and consider the whole market. Events such as the US election can have a knock-on effect on a wide variety of market sectors, and it is important to understand the reasoning behind these effects.  

Please keep reading our blogs in regular intervals to keep your view of the markets well informed, holistic and up to date.

Keep safe and all the best

Paul Green

06/10/2020