It was all heat and no light at the first US Presidential debates between President Donald Trump and former Vice-President Joe Biden today, as the proceedings quickly descended into a farce. Trump’s regular interruptions of Biden’s speeches - which moderator Chris Wallace proved powerless to stop - meant that viewers often strained to discern any coherent line of argument in the melee as Biden struggled to get a word in edgewise through the President’s shouting. 

“Overall, the debate was neutral and neither candidate came across significantly better than the other,” says Vasu Menon, Executive Director of Investment Strategy, OCBC Bank. He thought that while Biden was calm and addressed key issues raised by an aggressive Trump, he came across as less forceful in articulating his message. Issues important to investors such as the economy and the Covid-19 pandemic were not meaningfully addressed above the noise. 

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