The markets were plagued by risk aversion, which saw prices across equity markets entering a downslide. The most watched S&P 500 index printed eight consecutive session of losses as of Thursday.
For the week ahead, Asia will likely see a week of two halves. The jitters in the market is likely to be sustained into midweek when the election results will be made known, while the second half will be anybody’s guess.
We have finally arrived at the week in which the person who holds the fate to the next four years for the world’s largest economy will be made known. The markets are strongly favouring Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican candidate Donald Trump, the latter associated with heightened volatility for the markets. While a Clinton-win had largely been priced in ahead of the elections, we were thrown a step back with the eruption of the FBI investigation last week, sparking some concerns in the markets.
Results for the elections are expected to trickle in over Wednesday morning (Singapore time) and this might be one of the most turbulent times we will see this year. The two most profound impact for Asia markets come through the trade and interest rate channels, where the candidates have vastly different routes in terms of policies.