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October Global Macro Monthly & Investment Strategy - Into the bleak, debt winter

  • 21 October 2020 (5 min read)

Key points

  • The pandemic is resurgent across many countries, with Europe re-emerging as a hotspot and cases rising again in the US. Social restrictions are rising across Europe again. 
  • Q3 looks likely to post a strong rebound across most economies. However, even before the close of Q3, momentum appeared to be fading.
  • Fiscal authorities have in the main expanded policy to accommodate the return of the virus. However, UK policy is reduced and stalled stimulus discussions in the US have caused a hiatus here.
  • Risks point to a softer Q4. The outlook for 2021 is falling globally and risks are skewed to further weakness.
  • Equity markets face a clouded near-term outlook and positive earnings momentum has stalled. Credit sees some protection from central banks covering around one-third of IG credit.
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