Global Market Indicators 7-11 Mar 2016

In the past week the European Central Bank on March 10 made the following announcements:

Boosting the qualitative easing budget from 60,000 million Euros to 80,000 million Euros per month including corporate bonds (starting April 2016 and ending March 2017)
Deposit rates will be reduced to -0.40% per year and cut the main financing operation’s interest rates from 0.05% to 0%
Initiating targeted long-term refinancing for a period of four years.

Global Market Indicators 29 Feb-4 Mar 2016

In the last week the foreign investment market is on the rise, with contributing factors such as:

Forecasts stimulus from the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan during meetings in March
Increased oil prices create a positive impact on energy-related stocks
Enhanced reliability due to the increase of US GDP from 0.7% to 1%
China's forecast stimulus that involved reducing the reserve requirement ratio (RRR)

The ECB meeting was held on March 10 where cutting interest rates was discussed.

Global Market Indicators 22-26 Feb 2016

For the first two months of 2016, international stock markets have experienced an overall decline, especially in China where both the Shanghai and Shenzhen foreign markets struggled with a 20% decline.

The initial figures for the country were released at the beginning of this year which still brought concern and indicated a downturn in the world's economy.