LONDON (Reuters) - Global financial markets have been jolted in recent days by yet another escalation in a trade war between the United States and China, with the resulting selloff and bid for safety pushing assets and markers into new territory for the year.
The following graphics illustrate the key milestones and levels breached over the past few days:
The VIX volatility index, also known as Wall Street’s “fear gauge”, marked its biggest one-day spike since October 2018 on Monday, as markets foresaw an extended period of price swings for stocks.
MSCI’s All-Country World Index, which tracks shares across 47 countries, fell for a six straight day on Monday - marking its longest losing streak this year. The index is down about 6% from its 2019 peak.
The S&P 500 index of U.S. stocks suffered its worst day in 2019, falling almost 3%. Monday was its worst day since Dec. 4 last year.
The inversion of the U.S. 3-month to 10-year yield curve deepened further to around -30 basis points, its most negative since 2007 on Monday. The inversion of yield curve is widely seen as a reliable predictor of impending economic slowdowns.
The Chinese yuan fell below the key psychological level of 7 yuan to the dollar for the first time in 11 years on Monday as Chinese authorities allowed the currency to depreciate in the wake of the fresh round of U.S. tariffs.
MSCI’s emerging market currency index wiped out all its gains for the year on Monday as the yuan’s fall dragged down other emerging market currencies such as the Korean won and the New Taiwanese dollar with it.
European sovereign debt yields continued to sink into sub-zero territory, with Irish 10-year government the latest to go negative on Monday, along with 30-year Dutch government debt. The entire German, Danish, Swiss and Dutch yield curves are now in negative territory.
8) GOLD HITS 6-YEAR PEAK
Gold hit a six-year high on Monday as the bid for safe haven assets gave the precious metal a boost.
Reporting by Ritvik Carvalho; Editing by Frances Kerry