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Market Insight

FAB’s Market Insights & Strategy team is based within the bank’s Global Markets business and as such provides finger-on-the-pulse insights and views on macroeconomic and geopolitical developments as well as Rates, FX, Oil, and Fixed Income, among other areas.

Latest Insights

FAB House View - Global Rates (Update March 2020)

23 March 2020

Let’s face it, global rates and equities today are nowhere near where we generally thought they would be by the end of Q1 back at the start of the year. At the turn of 2020 the growing hope and assumption was that a gradual improvement in global growth conditions would fuel a modest uptick in yields during the year, albeit with monetary policy perhaps on hold through the year. BUT… COVID-19 has rapidly turned all such forecasts upside-down.

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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FAB Market Insights : House View on Oil

23 March 2020

The sudden oil price ‘war’ between Saudi Arabia and Russia looks set to continue for months to come and this situation, combined with the global health crisis, will keep crude prices low for the rest of this year and probably into 2021 too. However, there is hope that a medical solution will be found sooner than later, and in our opinion this should kickstart demand again relatively quickly.

Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist, Middle East & Africa

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Macro Strategy - Race you to the bottom

10 March 2020

In light of the huge market moves seen overnight, led predominantly by the sell off in oil post Saudi Arabia's announcement of an increase in supply, and resultant correction across various asset classes globally, please find attached our initial read of the situation..

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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Taqa: Getting Powered Up

05 February 2020

In this report we provide our initial view on the landmark deal between AD Power and Taqa that was announced on 3rd Feb 2020 and explain why we believe it will be credit positive for Taqa.

Rakesh Sahu, Director & Analyst
Chavan Bhogaita, Managing Director & Head of Market Insights & Strategy

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Thoughts on Coronavirus

03 February 2020

In this report we provide our thoughts on the potential implications of the Coronavirus on the global economy and markets. Please read on.

Simon Ballard, Executive Director & Chief Economist

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Negative bond yields - From Feast to Famine

12 February 2020

The global macro environment of the past 5 years, in the post sovereign debt crisis era, has seen a seismic shift in financial market dynamics, especially in the Eurozone as a result of central bank intervention. In this paper we explore the current and deepening metrics surrounding negative bond yields, and whether this is now a ticking time-bomb.

Simon Ballard, Executive Director & Chief Economist

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