Immigration Policy Fallout

Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 has reacted negatively to Donald Trump’s policy banning immigration policy from seven mainly Muslim countries.

President Trump’s recent immigration policy comes amid slight risk aversion in global markets.

The index is down 1.1 per cent at 5650 points, on track for its biggest one-day fall in two months. Overnight futures had indicated only a 0.2 per cent fall.

The broad-based fall in Australian shares comes amid slight risk aversion in global markets. US bonds are down 1 basis point, spot gold is up 0.2 per cent, US stock index futures are down 0.3 per cent and the US dollar is down 0.2 per cent.

Trump’s immigration policy as raised concern about the risk of sudden and extreme policies from the new President. However, despite condemnation from world leaders and corporate America, this recent policy change in itself is unlikely to have any economic effects.

“Investors will continue to be frustrated by the lack of clarity on the economic front as the president continues to focus on protectionism and immigrations,” says OANDA senior trader Stephen Innes.

“But I don’t believe this immigration stance is economically disruptive to the scale where it will dampen Wall Street’s current momentum and the dollar should regain solid ground quickly.”

Most of Asia is closed for Lunar New Year holidays, but volume on the S&P/ASX 200 is line with the 20-day average.



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes