19 October 2014
With the Ebola scare encircling the world and uncertainty in the economic performance for some regions it was little wonder that markets had a volatile week but by Friday US time markets lifted strongly. The diagnosis of the second US health worker, based in Texas, has escalated the virus to front page news almost every day. It also raises worrying questions about if the virus is changing in enough of a way to become more easily transmitted. Discussions between Russia, Ukraine, and EU states in an effort to solve the Ukrainian issues failed. What was apparent was a chasm of thought remains and further sanctions against Russia remain likely in spite of the current ones already starting to bite hard.