Week In Review
- Caixin Manufacturing PMI
- RBA Rate Statement
- US ISM Manufacturing/ Non-Manufacturing PMI
- US Nonfarm Payrolls and Unemployment Rate
Thought Of The Week
Another Covid-19 vaccine joins the party
Markets continue to be driven by pandemic news with optimism in vaccine progress supporting risk assets. The positive trials announced by Pfizer-Biotech and Moderna had lifted stock markets, signaling a potential end to the lockdowns. For the third Monday in a row, a rival pharmaceutical company announced its trial results – AstraZeneca-Oxford reported an average efficacy of 70% but doubts have since risen about the conduct of the trials. In one of the subgroups, the participants were limited to age below 55 and received a half-dose followed by a full dose, making the efficacy of 90% look like a lucky break. Markets took notice and AstraZenca shares slid almost 7% since the announcement.
Janet Yellen is the Treasury Secretary we need
Joe Biden, the U.S. president-elect, is expected to nominate former Fed chair, Janet Yellen as his Treasury Secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen would become the first woman to hold the job. Her constant questioning of economic models and forecasts, ability to enforce tax laws and regulations, and the command of soft power in America made her the key architect of economic recovery when she led the Fed from 2014-2018. As Treasury Secretary, Yellen will again face a monumental challenge as U.S. tries to bounce back from this widespread and deadly pandemic.
Chart Of The Week
Joining the latest trend of green charities that includes Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to the Bezos Earth Fund. He has cut several cheques to the most established green groups in the U.S. Although it is a nice gesture, it seems to be lacking in both disruption and innovation coming from Bezos, a man often celebrated as one of the most disruptive innovators. Either way, climate change is real, and it takes more than the combined efforts by each billionaire.
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