Markets wrestle with the 2023 world economic outlook

After a positive start to the year in markets, world equities were mixed this past week as investors grappled with worries that the world economy may be headed for a painful recession. The uncertainty regarding the ultimate impact on the economy and financial conditions of recent global monetary policy decisions to aggressively tighten policies weighed on markets. hover over a country to

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For stock markets bad news is good news

World markets were mostly higher this week. All eyes were on the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which concluded with Fed policymakers announcing a widely expected 75-basis-point rate increase. Expectations that the US central bank may need to slow down the pace of its interest rate hikes, given the U.S. economy contracted for the second straight quarter in the three

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Stocks roar back as economic data disappoint

World stock had a strong week, with the S&P notching its first weekly gain in four despite the geopolitical, energy and monetary environments remaining still very problematic. Bad news for the economy were interpreted as good news for stocks and inflation concerns are gradually being replaced by recession fears. hover over a country to see key data and over a black round

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World stocks bleed as lingering fears of recession haunt investors

Risk assets suffered a week of sharp falls as recession fears continued to dominate sentiment. Investors worried about the impact of monetary tightening on global growth as the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Swiss central bank all raised rates. Sentiment was also doused by big macroeconomic data misses. Mercifully, a quieter week of economic releases lies ahead. hover over

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US inflation roils world markets, risks to growth rise

It was a very bearish trading week for U.S. and European stocks as mounting worries about rampant inflation and monetary tightening triggered a sell-off. U.S. inflation data disappointed investors who had been looking for price increases to slow and stoked concerns about global growth. Investors now have no illusions that central banks now care more about fighting inflation than propping up financial

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World stocks climb despite fearful headlines

Leading share indices increased this week despite growth forecasts being revised lower across the world, hot inflation, central banks’ unstoppable path to monetary tightening, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the EU’s fresh sanctions against Russia. Hover over a country to see key data and over a black round marker to see the indices. click on the plus or minus sign to

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