Anxiety among investors and in the market is greater than it has been for some time, despite the lack of substantive change in global fundamentals. Volatility has gone up, but remains well below panic levels. As with any market in which there are big price drops, opportunities are opening up, but having the conviction to act is another matter. Central banks remain key drivers of sentiment and asset prices so will probably need to provide further support via lower or even negative rates before buyers return to the market.
Continue Reading below:Newell Palmer - Monthly Economic Notes March 2016
Big-name investors including billionaire James Packer, SEEK co-founder Paul Bassat, fund manager David Paradice and the Prime Minister’s son Alex Turnbull are backing taxi-booking app GoCatch to launch a new ride-sharing service in Australia.
Investors have to acknowledge a new set of risks tied to socioeconomic concerns that go far beyond the realm of traditional geopolitical hazards and have the potential to roil economic activity and financial markets. The confluence of new and old political risks threatens to undermine progress made through globalisation and foster a rise in conflict between, as well as within, nations. That is the ominous conclusion of Citibank’s team of analysts and the Carnegie Europe think tank. Such traditional geopolitical risks as armed conflict and newer socioeconomic risks like income inequality, threaten to intersect in an environment where global growth is stagnating while public expectations remain high and government capacity to effect positive change through reforms is low.
Continue reading below:Newell Palmer - Monthly Economic Notes February 2016