A weaker currency gives a tangible boost to exports despite the rise of global supply chains blurring the country of origin of many products, according to research published by the International Monetary Fund on Monday.
At the time of this writing on Friday, both oil contracts look poised to finish the week lower. Brent is set to close lower for the second straight week, while WTI is about to snap a two-week winning streak. Despite this week’s losses, both contracts remain above their August lows, keeping bullish hopes alive that prices may have bottomed, even if the probability of such scenario appears to have diminished given the lack of further follow-up buying after that late August rally.
StocksThe stock market volatility remained elevated last week, in part because of the increased worries about the health of the global economy. The much-anticipated U.S.-jobs report failed to inspire a rally either as the unexpectedly sharp drop in the unemployment rate and the stronger-than-expected increase in wage growth kept the prospects of a 2015 Federal Reserve rate rise alive.
Equities will be the riskiest asset class this year and through the next decade, but will also offer the highest returns and attract the biggest allocation boost from investors, a poll predicted on Monday.