The week starts with some comfort regarding the Ukrainian crisis on news that Biden and Putin agreed to meet. US futures are in the positive after having closed the week on a bearish tone. Gold traded a touch below the $1910 this morning but eased below the $1900 mark on encouraging Ukraine-Russai news. Oil slipped below the $90 per barrel on Friday and is now steady a touch above that level. In Switzerland, the sentiment is soft due to the Swiss Secrets that broke in over the weekend. The latest news will likely weigh on Credit Suisse and send a broader shockwave to the Swiss bank, but the medium-term implications for the other Swiss banks should remain limited. US indices closed last week on a negative note. The S&P500 slid 0.72% and Nasdaq lost 1.23%. Nasdaq is now walking with big steps toward a death cross formation on its daily chart, which could further increase the bearish pressure on the stock price. The macro environment isn’t necessarily supportive of the equity markets this year. The hawkish Fed expectations, an imminent rate hike, combined with the prospects of an early and maybe an aggressive shrinking of the Fed’s balance sheet are not appetizing for risk investors. Yet, we begin the week having mostly ruled out the possibility of seeing a 50bp hike in March meeting. Happy Monday! Watch the full episode to find out more! 0:00 Intro 0:26 Ukraine update 1:52 The Swiss Secrets: a big deal? 4:27 Gold, oil ease on encouraging Ukraine news 5:41 Nasdaq: death cross formation ahead! 8:06 Tesla at crossroads 8:43 Other EV makers under pressure 10:07 Nikola, Moderna, Block & Alibaba earnings to watch this week
Ipek Ozkardeskaya has begun her financial career in 2010 in the structured products desk of the Swiss Banque Cantonale Vaudoise. She worked at HSBC Private Bank in Geneva in relation to high and ultra-high net worth clients. In 2012, she started as FX Strategist at Swissquote Bank. She worked as a Senior Market Analyst in London Capital Group in London and in Shanghai. She returned to Swissquote Bank as Senior Analyst in 2020.