Markets will continue to watch for COVID-19 developments in many shapes and forms over the next week, as well as looking for how key data releases tell the story of the economic rebound.



a sign on the side of the street: A man wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stands at a road crossing near a sign alerting pedestrians to social distance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Liverpool, north west England on October 2, 2020, following the announcement of new local restrictions for certain areas in the northwest of the country, due to a resurgence of novel coronavirus cases. - The British government on Thursday extended lockdowns to Liverpool and several other towns in northern England, effectively putting more than a quarter of the country under tighter coronavirus restrictions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said limits on social gatherings would be extended to the Liverpool City region, which has a population of about 1.5 million. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)


A man wearing a face mask or covering due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stands at a road crossing near a sign alerting pedestrians to social distance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Liverpool, north west England on October 2, 2020, following the announcement of new local restrictions for certain areas in the northwest of the country, due to a resurgence of novel coronavirus cases. – The British government on Thursday extended lockdowns to Liverpool and several other towns in northern England, effectively putting more than a quarter of the country under tighter coronavirus restrictions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said limits on social gatherings would be extended to the Liverpool City region, which has a population of about 1.5 million. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Most notably, the health of US President Donald Trump will be a key area of concern, as will developments in the creation of a vaccine and predictions about the veracity of a second wave.

Fears of a no-deal Brexit will also keep investors on their toes, as officials digest the latest developments from the weekend following prime minster Boris Johnson and the EU’s Ursula Von der Leyen’s call.

Stories from the weekend to watch for developments in:

Key earnings:

UK: Conservative Party conference, more Brexit, house price watch



a group of people on a stage: Boris Johnson addresses delegates at a Conservative Home fringe meeting on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


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After a weekend where Brexit talks appeared

Postponed from its usual April slot on the sporting calendar, the rejigged 2020 edition of the London Marathon finally takes place this weekend – read on to find out how to watch this iconic race online, no matter where in the world you are.xfhg

This year’s rescheduled event will only feature elite runners who have prepared for the event within a biosecure bubble in an ‘athletes only’ hotel outside of London. The route is also set to be somewhat unfamiliar, eschewing its famous trip around the UK capital’s landmarks for a more Covid-19-safe revised 19.6 lap closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park.hf

The race marks the first major event of the year for the majority of runners taking part on Sunday, with the big talking point a rare and much-anticipated match up between world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and 2019 Berlin Marathon winner Kenenisa Bekele.

With weather conditions currently favouring fast finishing times, both runners will also have one eye on setting a new marathon world record.

There appears to be a similar objective for Kenyan superstar Brigid Kosge in the womens race, who will be looking to better her own world record, while Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär both return to defend their wheelchair race titles.hfg

Who will win this year? Read on to find out how to watch the 2020 London Marathon no matter where you are in the world.

Marathons are long-distance running events with a lot of participants. London Marathon is one of them held in London, United Kingdom. London Marathon was established by Olympic winner and reporter Chris Brasher and athlete Jhon Disley in 1981. As a part of the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the London marathon is setting a lot of World records to break.g

Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money

Looking at the Federal Reserve balance sheet over the past month it appears as if there is really nothing new to announce. The Fed continues to buy securities to hold outright in its portfolio.

The Fed added $58.9 billion in U. S. Treasury securities to its portfolio between September 2 and September 30. During this time the Fed also added $33.6 billion in mortgage-backed securities.

Overall , however, Reserve Balances with Federal Reserve Banks, the proxy for excess reserves in the banking system dropped by $107.4 billion to rest at $2,743.23 billion on September 30. That is the U. S. banking system held a little more than $2.7 trillion in excess reserves at the end of September.

The reason for the decline in reserves was primarily related to a $129.9 billion increase in the Treasury’s General Account at the Fed. On September 30d, the U. S. Treasury held almost $1.8 trillion in its primary account, the account that it collects taxes in and from which it writes checks.

In addition, the public added to its holdings of cash during this time of $10.7 billion.

Over the past four banking weeks the effective federal funds rate has remained almost constant at a 0.09 percent level.

Everything in the banking system and the financial markets seem calm and collected.

Since The End Of May

The next division of time I take is between the banking week ending May 27, 2020 and the banking week ending September 30, 2020.

The reason for the selection of the earlier week is that central bank liquidity swaps peaked in that week. On May 27, Central Bank Liquidity Swaps peaked out at $448.9 billion.

One of the major actions the Fed took in March was to help out the world financial system by opening up its window

It’s possible that as many as 12 million Americans might have lost health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Economic Policy Institute, more than 6 million people have lost coverage provided by their employers. Job losses as well as job changes have contributed to this, and further trouble may be ahead if employers, suffering from revenue shortfalls, find they can no longer afford to cover premiums.

Medicaid has helped many of the unemployed regain coverage, a respite for them but a problem for states dealing with record budget deficits. An economic resurgence could help restore some balance, but it’s virtually impossible to predict how that will unfold.

Credit Karma, a consumer finance company, did an analysis of the situation for 20 million of its U.S. members and found a total of $45 billion in medical debt that was in collections. Medical issues were reported as a factor by two-thirds of Americans who filed for bankruptcy between 2013 and 2016.

Solutions and strategies do exist to help those who fall behind, but the best answer is to have at least some health insurance to prevent the worst economic impacts. Since August, dozens of bills have put forward proposals to help make this possible. Here are some examples:

SB15 in Louisiana requires public and elementary school systems to provide first-day health insurance coverage to employees if the system is located in an area subject to a disaster or emergency declared by the governor or president. The legislation also states that an emergency also must pose a risk to the health or well being of these employees and that risky activities are integral to the employee’s job.

New Jersey A4739 establishes guidelines relating to the allocation of health-care resources during a public health emergency, with an eye toward ensuring equity. It

Kate Danella, head of Strategic Planning and Consumer Bank Products and Origination Partnerships for Regions Bank, has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch in Banking and Finance by American Banker magazine. This is the second consecutive year that Danella has been recognized by the publication.

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Kate Danella, Regions Bank (Photo: Business Wire)

“No matter the challenge, Kate maintains an unwavering focus on putting people first through her dedication to our customers, associates and the communities we serve,” said John Turner, president and CEO of Regions Financial. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kate and her team have continuously listened to our customers and reshaped our strategies and consumer products to address the urgent financial needs of individuals and families. I’m pleased that Kate has once again been recognized by the American Banker for her contributions to Regions and to the banking industry.”

The annual American Banker ranking recognizes the most influential female leaders in the banking industry, honoring their business acumen, professional achievements and personal tenacity. Honorees are featured in the October 2020 issue of American Banker magazine.

“For 18 years, this list has honored those who have achieved amazing things in the face of countless challenges — individuals who are bravely creating the change we need and driving the industry forward,” said Gemma Postlethwaite, CEO of Arizent, publisher of American Banker. “This year, our honorees have collectively succeeded in moving us forward despite unprecedented obstacles.”

The publication notes Danella’s leadership in expanding Regions’ focus on the unbanked and underbanked and her team’s efforts to introduce additional features and functionality throughout the bank’s deposit products and services to meet customer needs. Further, Kate and her team played a key role in the early days of the