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Despite a big jump in confidence in the Conference Board numbers for the US, there’s not much optimism in the markets today.

US and European equities rose sharply, with rising confidence seeing a fall in the US dollar and a rise in the Aussie.

NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster talks about the latest impacts of the Coronavirus. Listen now.

COVID19 cases continue to rise in Europe, with numbers in the UK and France now well above the first wave.

NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster talks about the latest impacts of the Coronavirus. Listen now.

Equities were rising again in the US overnight on the hopes that a stimulus deal would be struck between the GOP and Democrats, but as optimism turned to reality, prices fell, the US dollar regained some of its strength and bond yields weakened.

NAB had forecast that the Aussie dollar would reach 74 US cents by the end of the year. It did earlier this month but, as global risk sentiment rises, it is rapidly losing ground.

In the US Jerome Powell spelt out very clearly in his testimony before Congress that more fiscal stimulus was needed and had been assumed by many board members in their policy predictions.

NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster talks about the latest impacts of the Coronavirus. Listen now.

Concerns over the impact of a second wave in the US and Europe seem to be gathering momentum, driving investors to government bonds and safe-haven currencies.

What more can central banks do to help stabilise the global economy?

NAB Group Chief Economist Alan Oster talks about the latest impacts of the Coronavirus. Listen now.

It’s been a topsy turvy session overnight.

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