SINGAPORE (Dec 3): November was another choppy month for Wall Street and global stock markets. Despite robust corporate earnings in the US, expectations are that earnings have peaked as interest rates start to rise and the US-China spat affects trade. A decade of pump-priming amid low interest rates and easy credit has reflated asset prices and led to growing indebtedness, and this has to be unwound. 

A key driver behind the market rout was fears that interest rates were likely to rise more than expected. The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 2.00% to 2.25% in September. It foresees another rate hike in December and three more next year. 

Have a premium account? Sign in to continue reading.

Unlimited access to all stories from $99.9/year*

The latest reporting and analysis from business and investments to news and views on social issues.

Bonus:

  • Simultaneous logins across all devices
  • Instant access to past digital issues
  • Unlimited access to The Edge Malaysia
  • *For annual subscription plan only. T&Cs apply

Subscribe

Stay updated with Singapore corporate news stories for FREE

Follow our Telegram | Facebook