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LGT Navigator: Washington signals Beijing readiness to talk

September 13, 2018

The US has invited China to new talks to settle the trade dispute, which should provide some relief on the stock markets. In Asia, some indices rose strongly. Furthermore, monetary policy announcements of the ECB and Bank of England will be in investors' focus.

The ECB's cautious bias toward an interest rate turnaround, despite the announcement to end its billion-dollar bond purchase program probably at the end of this year, weakened the euro significantly. The ECB maintained its key interest rate at a record low and remained extremely cautious in its communication. At the same time, the Bank of Japan also left its key interest rates unchanged and even lowered its inflation expectations.

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