The Incoming Flood Of Japanese Money Into US Treasury Bonds | Forbes

Even with global stocks reaching new record highs almost daily, the money flowing into global bond markets and falling yields has been the more surprising fact this year. As global Central Banks cut rates in the face of the coronavirus, or flood markets with liquidity, much of the cash is finding its way into bonds all around the world, despite low yields and robust economic growth.

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Fed officials feel rates are likely to stay where they are, minutes show | CNBC

Federal Reserve officials expressed confidence at their most recent meeting about the state of the U.S. economy and figured interest rates likely would remain unchanged for a while, according to minutes released Wednesday. That comes even as financial markets are pricing in a near-certainty of at least one cut this year and possibly two.

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US Earnings Season Summary | Interactive Investor

Our head of markets judges the success of the US corporate results and implications for stock markets.

Despite the previous concerns of the US/China trade spat and latterly the outbreak of the coronavirus – the economic impacts of which remain unknown – the US has continued its progress apace.

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Beyond the S&P 500 — Strategist Says These Foreign Markets Could Offer Major Returns | CNBC

U.S. markets have stretched to records again. The broad-based S&P 500 and tech-focused Nasdaq hit all-time highs on Wednesday as fears over the coronavirus outbreak began to recede and the bulls rushed back in. But after a steep run to records for U.S. markets, some strategists are looking farther afield for value.

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Why Bullishness on Gold is likely to prompt a drop in prices in coming sessions | Market Watch

When gold and gold stocks struggle in coming weeks, as I expect they will, it won’t be because the COVID-19 threat has decreased.

Instead, they will have been sabotaged by the excess bullishness that currently prevails among gold-market investors.

This isn’t to say a lessening of the virus’ threat wouldn’t also cause gold to recede from its recent seven-year high. But my argument is that gold will be weak in coming weeks even if the coronavirus remains just as much the public health emergency it is today.

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Oil Futures End Higher as U.S. Crude Supplies Post a Smaller-Than-Expected Weekly Climb | Market Watch

Oil futures finished higher on Thursday, buoyed by a smaller-than-expected weekly increase in U.S. crude supplies.

Prices were already moving up ahead of the supply data, partly on the back of expectations that efforts by China to stimulate the economy will blunt the hit to crude demand from the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. The prospect of a further squeeze on Venezuelan oil exports has also supported prices.

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EU to Tackle ESG Data Issue Using Every Means Possible | Expert Investor

The Commission has announced that it is seeking a fully-fledged solution to solve the problem of insufficient environmental, social and governance (ESG) data quality.

In a speech on Monday, the Commission’s Alain Deckers said that reporting and key performance indicators as tools to increase ESG data quality are not sufficient.

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Coronavirus Fears Weigh on Stocks, Forint Regains Some Ground | CEE MARKETS

By Anita Komuves BUDAPEST, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Central European stock indexes slipped on Friday as new cases of coronavirus infections in China and a strengthening U.S. dollar hit sentiment. Currencies in the region were mostly steady.

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