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Commodities performance during 2020 second quarter

The second quarter has seen a strong performance by commodities.

Since the market shock in February and March triggered by two black swan events – the Covid-19 and oil crises – the asset has rebounded vigorously.

Below we compare the performance of the main commodities, the reasons for the price increases and their possible future behaviour.

Weekly Keys: What is happening this week?

Good macro data and the extension of fiscal measures bolster increases in the S&P 500, pushing it very close to all-time highs.

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Market outlook: July 2020

COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe and the difficult situation in the US and Latin America may slow down economic recovery.
The implementation of selective measures of social distancing could predominate, to try and avoid the confinements of spring.
The strength and speed of the announced economic measures (monetary and fiscal) could protect markets from the worst-case scenario.
This is a cyclical recession, with a sharp drop in supply and demand, but it will be different in nature from the 2008/09 crisis.
The European Union could approve the recovery fund in mid-July, with positive economic and political repercussions.

Valuation of the stock market against the economic situation

Due to the economic situation that we are confronting these days, it seems relevant to discuss issues of utmost importance to investors and that, for some reason, continue to cause confusion and puzzlement, even among professional investors and analysts.

Market outlook: June 2020

The developed economies are gradually reopening but the downward revision of economic growth in 2020 continues for now.
There is an increasing likelihood of recovery and economic growth returning in the third quarter.
The strength and speed of the announced economic measures (monetary and fiscal) could protect markets from the worst-case scenario.
This is a cyclical recession, with a sharp drop in supply and demand, but it will be shorter and different in nature from the 2008/09 crisis.
The European Union is negotiating a recovery fund with positive political repercussions in terms of cohesion and the European project.

2020 Outlook: A winning strategy

After 10 years of bull markets and one of the longest economic cycles in history, many investors refuse to think that the situation has changed; and that the most appropriate equity investment model has therefore also changed.

Consumer confidence index shows the US consumer sentiment of the general economic situation

Consumer confidence, measured in the Conference Board Consumer Confidence (CCI), is defined as the degree of optimism about the state of the economy in general.

This index shows the results of a survey of 5,000 households.

Market outlook: May 2020

The trend in the coronavirus contagion curve and the improvement in the Chinese economy acting as a leading indicator are positive signs. It increases the probability that we will be in the central scenario in which recovery and economic growth return in Q3. The strength and speed of the announced economic measures (monetary and fiscal) could protect markets from the worst-case scenario. It is a cyclical recession, with a sharp drop in supply and demand, but shorter and different in nature from the 2008/09 crisis. Headline inflation could fall in the coming months due to the drop in oil prices, to gradually rise again in 2021.

The evolution of financial markets

Several weeks have passed since the market crisis associated with the global spread of COVID-19: weeks during which we have witnessed extreme financial market developments.

Emerging-market currencies beaten down by COVID-19

The surge to the U.S. dollar given its perceived safe-haven status has driven several EM currencies to record lows against the greenback in recent weeks, such as the Turkish lira, Mexican peso and Brazilian real.

Long-term economic risks associated to Coronavirus crisis

The substantial fiscal and monetary stimuli being implemented around the world are from our point of view essential to counter the strong negative effects of the paralysis we are currently suffering from in many segments of the economy.

Analysis of the fall in the price of oil

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude, closed last 19th April 2020 at – $ 37.63, something that seemed impossible. It has never closed negative at maturity before. The Price on the spot contract was also negative, due to the lack of storage

Market outlook: April 2020

The increase in economic uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus outside China may last a few weeks. The expansionary cycle should continue negative impact concentrated in Q1 and recovery from Q2, with an impact of -0.2% of global GDP. The alternative high-risk scenario is that the virus becomes a pandemic, with a negative impact on Q1 and Q2 and -0.5% on global GDP. This uncertainty has occurred at a time of improvement in global cyclical indicators, which will help rebuild confidence. In China, there has already been an upturn in production levels and they are also currently implementing tax incentives, a pattern that can be repeated in other regions.

Coronavirus: Economic situation analysis

At this stage, it is challenging to predict the consequences of the real economy and the business sector. The reason is that there are no historical situations with which to compare the current context reliably. We believe, in any case, that the global economy is weakened due to the high level of debt, so we are cautious about how the economic activity will be affected.

We consolidate our position in the market against Coronavirus

During the last two weeks, we have witnessed a worsening of the effects of the coronavirus on a global scale; showing that the problem is far from being under control and that it is reasonable to assume that several months of

Is there an opportunity with equities?

Only last summer did we mention, with a hint of irony, the “imminent collapse of equities” based on a deluge of headlines and news that pointed to an impending market correction.

Investment strategy against the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus

During the last days, we have witnessed an increase in the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus and its possible effects on the population and the world economy.

Economic situation after the first months of 2020

The markets ended January with corrections affecting risk assets, despite optimism over the signing of an initial trade agreement between USA and China, improved growth prospects and central banks committing to accommodative monetary policy.

Impact of the coronavirus on the economy and markets

The coronavirus is generating economic and financial uncertainty. It is still too soon to have a clear understanding of what economic impact the outbreak will have in China.

The value of assets and the important role of professional investors

The main assets offer far less value over the next 10 years in terms of anticipated yield than was the case over the last decade.

The positive balance and challenges for 2020

The financial markets, supported by the actions of the world’s central banks, have performed very well during 2019, which has allowed us to offer our customers very significant returns in an environment of low-interest rates and moderate economic growth.

The importance of emotions in the world of investment

Traditional theories of finance tend to see people as rational beings who try to maximize utility and have perfect information. But are we humans like that? The answer is not. Sometimes we humans are rational, but at other times we are guided by our emotions or look for shortcuts, given our inability to process all available information.

The Federal Reserve lowers the reference rates and applies new stimuli

The Central Bank of the United States (Fed) has again lowered the reference rates for the third consecutive time during 2019. Far are the forecasts of rate hikes at the end of 2018 when our forecast was, and continues to be, that the Federal Reserve won’t be able to upload them for a long time (years) and there is still a long way down.

Are we facing a new economic crisis?

The manufacturing ISM is an indicator of activity, widely used to anticipate the behaviour of the economy. When it is above 50 it indicates that we are in an area of economic expansion, while if it is below that level it points towards increasing risks that a period of economic contraction may occur. In the […]

Oil and geopolitical risk

Geopolitical risk increases affecting the price of certain commodities in the short term, although its long-term influence, is very low we do not advise basing investments on it.

Investors are holding fire from the central banks

Somewhat surprisingly, we’re still seeing global investors paying an inordinate amount of attention to the decisions from the central banks in general and the Federal Reserve in particular.

The Argentine authorities seek to extend the maturities of government debt

The Argentine authorities seek to extend the maturities of more than 100 billion dollars of government debt, which includes over 50 billion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Are we facing the imminent collapse of equities?

We are actually reading, in websites specialised in financial activity, about the imminent collapse of the equity indices or the divergence between the macroeconomic situation and the U.S. indices, which are close to record highs. What future is there for equities?