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How Might the Coronavirus Affect China's Growth, Commodities?

28 January 2020

Simon Ballard, chief economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank. discusses how the coronavirus outbreak might affect China, the global economy, commodities and central banks' policies.

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Global markets remain sensitive to headline risk, strategist says

13 January 2020

Simon Ballard, chief economist at FAB Global Markets, says he’s expecting a “modest rebound” for the economy in 2020.

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The FAB View - Hot Topics

12 December 2019

In the inaugural edition of The FAB View, members of our Market Insights & Strategy team provide their candid views on a range of hot topics including Interest Rates (outlook for 2020), Trump, US-China trade war, Oil, reforms in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UK Elections/Brexit. Watch the video here…

Chavan Bhogaita, Head of Market Insights & Strategy
Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist – Middle East & Africa
Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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Conservative Majority Expected in U.K. Election: First Abu Dhabi's Ballard

11 December 2019

Simon Ballard, chief economist at First Abu Dhabi Bank Pjsc, talks about this week’s U.K. election, the Brexit negotiations and the implications for markets. He speaks from the sidelines of the SALT conference in Abu Dhabi with Manus Cranny and Yousef Gamal El-Din on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Trade war drags on sentiment around the world, strategist says

27 November 2019

Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at FAB Global Market, discusses the impact of U.S.-China trade tensions on the global economy.
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Situation in Hong Kong will hang over Asian markets: Macro strategist

17 October 2019

There seems to be little light at the end of the tunnel from markets’ perspective, says Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at FAB Global Markets.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Tread carefully with oil at the moment, macro strategist says

17 September 2019

Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at FAB Global Markets discusses the oil situation after Saudi attacks.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Global economy risks are rising, macro strategist says

21 August 2019

It’s not necessary on the cliff edge, as far as U.S. economy and recession fear is concerned, says Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist ...
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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No surprises in the Chinese growth numbers: Exec

15 July 2019

The underlying story for China is still fairly strong, says Simon Ballard, executive director at Fab Global Markets.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Expect modest upside for oil prices: Strategist

03 April 2019

We are expecting further stabilization in commodity prices, particularly oil, says Simon Ballard, executive director & macro strategist at FAB Global Markets.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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We have a fairly constructive view on oil, analyst says

18 March 2019

We are expecting some modest upside for oil this year, says Simon Ballard, executive director & macro strategist at FAB Global Markets.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Expecting just one rate hike from Fed: Analyst

21 February 2019

Simon Ballard, executive director & macro strategist at FAB Global Markets discusses the global economic and growth outlook.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Macro Strategy.. pre-FED analysis

19 December 2018

Ahead of the FOMC’s December rate decision , Simon Ballard, FAB Macro Strategist spoke to CNBC about his current outlook for U.S. monetary policy and that of the broader global macroeconomic situation.
Simon Ballard
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Oil Market Outlook 2019 and Beyond

28 November 2018

The outlook for oil has become somewhat more difficult to judge especially in the longer term. In this interview with Refintiv, FAB oil and geopolitical strategist Glenn Wepener discusses the crude market’s recovery since 2016 and what to look out for in the years ahead.

Glenn Wepener, Executive Director, Market Insights & Strategy 

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Don’t expect a ‘grand declaration’ from the G-20 summit: Strategist

28 November 2018

Simon Ballard of First Abu Dhabi Bank says “capitulation” from either China or the U.S. is unlikely to emerge from the upcoming G-20 summit.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Headlines in the UK drive markets significantly, expert says

03 October 2018

Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at Fab global markets discusses Brexit and the U.K. government’s comments.
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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A key issue is the impact of tariffs on US consumer, strategist says

06 September 2018

Simon Ballard, executive director & macro strategist at FAB Global Markets discusses the US-China trade war and what we can expect from President Trump next.
Simon Ballard
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Higher oil prices are good for the Gulf, expert says

23 July 2018

Generally the outlook for this region is optimistic, says Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at First Abu Dhabi Bank Global Markets.
Simon Ballard
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Trade tensions will have a negative impact on global growth: Expert

22 July 2018

It’s going to create uncertainty across risk assets, says Simon Ballard, executive director and macro strategist at First Abu Dhabi Bank Global Markets.
Simon Ballard
Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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