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Caspar Rock: Monday markets - the week ahead on 9 March

A shock fall in the oil price has taken a heavy toll on global equity markets, adding to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.



Caspar Rock
Chief Investment Officer
  • The failure of OPEC to reach an agreement on production cuts on Friday in Vienna, with Russia refusing to play ball, led Saudi Arabia to announce a surprise increase in production to target market share as a punishment.
  • This has pushed oil prices down to levels at or below the breakeven point of both Russian producers and the US shale industry.
  • We have seen a sharp fall in equity and credit markets (especially US high yield which has a significant energy exposure), alongside a sharp rally in government debt markets and gold.
  • Although oil and COVID19  will be the centre of attention this week, you may see further government and central bank action after last week's off-cycle rate cut in the US.
  • Typically the oil market recovers rapidly following a supply-side shock such as the one we are witnessing, but the unknown impact of COVID-19 will lead to further uncertainty.

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Caspar Rock
Chief Investment Officer


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