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As Gavin Friend discusses, part of the hit reflects the warning from President Trump yesterday about the number of deaths could occur in the United States.

The quarter has started with big falls again on equity markets and lower Treasury yields, whilst oil prices continue to be driven downwards.

Australia has entered a deep recession and unemployment could soon reach 12%, a level surpassed only by the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s

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The quarter has started with big falls again on equity markets and lower Treasury yields, whilst oil prices continue to be driven downwards.

The AUD/USD collapsed in March to its lowest levels since 2003. Read our summary of what impacted the course of the AUD/USD during the month.

Equities in Europe are on the rise. Equities in the US are on the slide.

Australia has entered a deep recession and unemployment could soon reach 12%, a level surpassed only by the depressions of the 1890s and 1930s

Scott Morrison’s job retention program helped equities yesterday but doesn’t explain the rise in the US and Europe.

Other parts of the world are getting ready for a lockdown that could last a few months.

US equities rose sharply overnight despite the news unemployment claims in the US have risen to 3.2 million for the week to March 21.

Equities are on the rise in the US and Europe.

Markets reversed a little overnight with US and European equities rising.

The US Fed announces unlimited QE.

It’s likely prices will fall further as more countries and regions go into lockdown.

Oil has shot up in price, with equities rising too and there’s a bit more interest in government bonds.

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