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What to Look out for Today – US Slips as Trump’s Policy is Questioned
It seems that the dollar will continue to be the focus of markets – this time investors are apprehensive whether Trump’s political impotence will create further policy floundering. With floundering policy comes floundering currency prices – the USD fell 0.2% giving gains to the go-to safe-haven JPY which was trading at 110.95 this morning.

As expected this also resulted in U.S. markets slipping – the S&P 500 lost 1.5% its most significant drop in the last 3 mo. Of course, the health of global indices will be better judged closer to the closing of markets.

Other fundamental data that might affect USD are the sanctions on Russia putting off Russian investments – which was a possibility if Russian/US relations were amended as Trump promised during his presidential campaign. The problem is that this creates a mirrored-effect dynamic that raises red-flags for western companies looking to invest in Russia.  

All these factors contributed to the volatility we have been seeing the past few weeks, in addition to a short tete-a-tete between N. Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and the U.S. Leader Donald Trump has investors switching from risk-on to risk-off seemingly on a daily basis.

This article comprises the personal view and opinion of the STO Investment Research Desk and at no time should be construed as Investment Advice.
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