Markets were roiled by the ongoing coronavirus epidemic in February, as investors closely monitored the spread of the virus across the globe. As a result of concerns over the economic impact of the virus, last month saw significant flows into safe-haven assets, steep declines in global equity markets, and a marked deterioration in risk appetite.
This month, while the epidemic will remain in focus, the potential policy response to the virus will be a major talking point, with the latest round of central bank decisions set to see policymakers questioned on the virus’ impact on the global economy. Meanwhile, in the UK, attention will centre on the first round of UK-EU trade talks, as negotiations over the future relationship get underway with just 10 months until the end of the transition period.
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