Friday 20th November 2020
Schools out for winter in New York as COVID cases in the US continue to rise, with the country passing a quarter of a million deaths from the virus. Phil Dobbie talks to NAB’s Gavin Friend about how the markets are more focused on the short-term economic hit than the longer-term vaccine fuelled positive outlook The short-term hit was demonstrated, however, by a sharp increase in unemployment claims in the US. The reverse was the case in Australia yesterday, but worsening relations with China add another dimension to local markets. And Brexit talks have been delayed by a senior negotiator on the EU side contracting COVID-19, but Gavin reckons we can still expect positive news next week and the pound is behaving as though that is the case.