The rapidly deteriorating trade relationship between the U.S. and China was of primary focus this week, followed by further deterioration in the Brexit negotiation process in Europe.
The collapse of the trade talks between the U.S. and China was the primary driver for stock market moves this week. Ongoing uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations was also a factor in market volatility as well as increased tensions in the Middle East.
Escalating tensions in the trade talks between the U.S. and China sent markets lower as President Trump threatened to enact a tariff increase on Chinese goods beginning Friday. When the U.S. followed through on its threat at midnight on Friday morning, stocks plunged as equity markets apparently had not been pricing in the fact that the deal could collapse so quickly.
The U.S. Federal Reserve was the primary driver for market movements this week as analysts awaited the release of the Non-Farm Payrolls report for April on Friday.
An outbreak of violence in Sri Lanka rattled markets this week as terror attacks during the Easter Weekend ripped through three churches and four luxury hotels, killing at least 290 and wounding nearly 500 more.
“How do I get it there?” is a question I’m often asked by clients who wish to move their gold or silver from their homes into a foreign country. Usually, their intention is to move it to an offshore depository for long-term storage.
One of gold’s biggest catalysts throughout history has been inflation. Debase your currency enough and gold responds almost automatically. And the bigger the inflation, the bigger gold’s response. Even the fear of inflation ignites the gold price, like we saw from 2009 to 2011.
For centuries, East Indians have regarded gold as the primary source of wealth. All Indians own gold if they can afford to. They keep it as close as possible, sometimes in coin form, but often as jewellery, since “wearing wealth” means that it can be kept very close. They’re often especially reluctant to trust banks to hold their gold.
This week and next will be shortened holiday weeks due to the timing of religious holidays this year. With the release of the Mueller report, which found no collusion with Russia and no obstruction of justice on the part of President Trump during the 2016 Elections, American politics is likely to explode into chaos in the near term. The Democratic Party is almost certainly going to redouble their efforts to block President Trump’s legislative agenda at every turn now that the basis of their calls for impeachment has been essentially eliminated.
The U.K. received a reprieve from the constant pressure of coming up with a viable Brexit package this week when the EU gave it until October 31 to come up with a new plan. Conditions on the extension, however, mean that the U.K. must elect members to the European Parliament in May, or it will again be faced with the threat of a disorderly exit come June 1.