March 26, 2018— President Trump tweeted on March 2 and 7, respectively: “When a country (USA) is losing billions of dollars of trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade with them anymore – we win big. It’s easy!” and, “The U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.
February 26, 2018 – Ever since the surprise Brexit referendum in June 2016, global investors have been closely watching European elections for signs that political instability might impact regional economic progress or equity markets. On March 4, it is Italy’s turn for general elections. Italian voters go to the polls to elect a new Chamber of Deputies (lower house of parliament) and Senate (upper house).
February 8, 2018— Since January 30, we have seen sharp movements in both domestic and international equity markets. The most significant drop thus far came on Monday, Feb. 5, when the S&P 500 declined by 4.1%, and international markets fell as well. Global markets remained volatile on February 6 and 7. A notable feature of the early February 2018 equities pullback is the low dispersion of negative equity returns across global markets.