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Where are Rates Headed?

The unexpected easing by the Federal Reserve was not yet needed from the perspective of the US domestic economy, but was warranted due to a high exposure to the uncertainty shock. More central bank easing is likely to be needed, when real economic data starts to weaken.
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Q4 US Earnings May See a Recovery

Citi analysts believe the S&P 500 EPS may have bottomed in Q3 2019 and profit growth could accelerate into 2020 as a strong US consumer and recovering global demand drive a pickup in industrial production.
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Phase 1 Deal Finally Signed - What Now?

The US-China Phase 1 deal represents a milestone as it grants a de-escalation of trade tensions, and reaches some commitments on intellectual property and technology issues. It should provide some reprieve to the global economy as some uncertainty is lifted.
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Where to after Phase One?

US and China are reportedly finalizing a series of long-running corporate deals ahead of the signing ceremony of the first phase of the trade deal this week. President Trump has indicated he would like to start second phase negotiations right away, but these may not finish until the US elections.
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Early Christmas Cheer on Trade and Brexit Clarity

Risk assets were fueled by optimistic newsflow on two fronts. One, US President Trump is said to have in-priciple agreed to a phase “one” trade deal in the final stages of discussion between US and China. Two, incumbent PM Boris Johnson won the UK snap election with a stronger-than-expected majority, clearing the path to a long drawn-out Brexit.
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Implications of US Passing Hong Kong Legislation

Last week, US President Trump signed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which had previously passed the US House & Senate. While it could complicate US/China trade talks, Citi analysts believe that negotiations are unlikely to be derailed ultimately.
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