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10 events that matter to investors in final quarter of 2018

(Oct 9): With the final quarter of 2018 fast approaching, we look at the key events on the agenda for investors. As many northern hemisphere investors get their feet back under their desks after the summer break, we look at the key events and themes likely to be on the agenda for September and the fourth quarter of 2018.

Increased volatility and higher yields part of package that comes with market normalcy: DBS

SINGAPORE (Feb 7): Don't panic, markets are simply showing signs of normalcy with more volatility and higher yields despite ongoing bouts of risk aversion, says DBS.

For the past few years, volatility was suppressed via monetary policies by the G3 central banks amid downside risks to growth as well as inflation. But the market got used to this period of low rates.

However, things changed last year when synchronised global growth took hold and drove commodity prices up with it.

The improvement in global growth allowed the Fed to deliver three hikes last year.

Saxo Bank predicts 'ugly end' to complacency bubble in 2018

SINGAPORE (Dec 8): Following a generally smooth-sailing year for global risk assets – one that came as a shock to bears and gold bugs expecting 2017 to be the year of volatility – Saxo Bank now sees the pendulum swinging back in favour of pronounced volatility risks, or in short, an “ugly end to the complacency bubble”. 

BOJ's Kuroda warns of risks to hitting inflation goal

Haruhiko Kuroda

NAGOYA (Nov 14): Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the economy is sustaining momentum towards hitting the central bank's 2 percent inflation target but risks are tilted to the downside due to uncertainty over the global economy.

Kuroda maintained his optimistic view of Japan's economy, saying it is likely to expand moderately as exports and output rebound, reflecting an expected improvement in overseas demand.

3 uncertainties that could derail stock markets

SINGAPORE (Nov 1): Stock markets will be facing a bumpy ride in the next couple of weeks, says DBS Group Research.

While renewed political uncertainties – such as the FBI’s renewed investigation in to Hillary Clinton’s emails and Clinton’s narrowing lead over Trump as a result – certainly set the stage for volatility leading up to the US Presidential election, the research house highlights that the market’s problems are not entirely political.

In a Monday report, DBS notes that stocks were selling off even before the FBI announcement.

Why September could be huge for markets all around the world

(Sept 1): The first debate of the US presidential campaign. A Group of 20 (G20) central bank interest rate announcement nearly every other trading day. And a key meeting among commodity nations around the world.

With a jam-packed calendar in September, no asset class is immune from potential event risk.

Yen weaker on BOJ easing talk, BOE's 'Super Thursday' in focus

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LONDON (May 12): The yen fell on Thursday as investors sold the currency amid speculation that the Bank of Japan could decide to expand its monetary stimulus as soon as next month.

Talk of more action gathered pace after prominent Japanese academic Takatoshi Ito said the BOJ is likely to expand monetary stimulus either in June or July. Ito is said to have close ties to Governor Haruhiko Kuroda.

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