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Hypothetical risks that investors brush aside are becoming a reality
BENGALURU: The Federal Reserve struck the right tone in its first pandemic-era economic outlook, suggesting years of extraordinary policy support for an economy facing a slow and long slog back, according to a majority of economists in a Reuters poll
MANY of the world’s leading investors are concerned that the recent gains in the U.S. stock market are overdone, given the uncertain economic outlook and the risks of a second wave of the Covid-19 virus. But American equities are in very good company.
COPENHAGEN: Major central banks in Europe and Asia are scaling back their offers of dollars to lenders in a sign of confidence that the pandemic’s grip on markets is loosening, even if the economic pain persists.
WASHINGTON DC: The US economic recovery from the novel coronavirus epidemic is set to be challenging and there will be no quick fix, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell(pic) said on Friday in comments that reinforced his recent cautionary stance.
NEW YORK: The S&P 500 ended lower on Friday after an up-and-down session as investors weighed spiking cases of COVID-19 and Apple Inc's announcement of fresh store closures against anticipated stimulus and continued economic recovery.
THE dollar appreciated by 0.10% to 97.40, benefiting from safe-haven flows following rising concerns about a rise in new coronavirus cases; and geopolitical risks – clashes along the India-China border, as well as fresh provocations by North Korea – blowing up a liaison office building it operates with South Korea.
The US$1 trillion pile of cash that investors amassed amid the pandemic-fuelled market turmoil may determine the length of the risk rally.
THIS week, global markets were spooked by the re-emergence of Covid-19 cases in places where the deadly virus was seen to be well under control. From Beijing to New York and from Mumbai to Moscow, incidences of Covid-19 are either rising or have reached new record highs as economies begin to open-up.
THE Covid-19 pandemic arrested the plans of millions of Americans to purchase a home. But what if you lock someone down in a home they had already mentally moved out of? Might they pour their energy into touring homes online to produce a short list of targets? And might they get pre-approved for a mortgage so it’s a simple matter of income verification once the economy reopened and they’d submitted an offer on a home?