It's likely to be another volatile week for traders and investors in all markets.
The global focus is likely to still be on stock markets.
Investing in US stocks: keep calm and be patient?
US earnings season continues and last week did see stock markets trying to stage a recovery from their recent sharp falls – only to give up a portion of those gains on Thursday and Friday.
Investors do appear to be still very nervous when it comes to stocks - after years of almost stress-free gains, the sharp sell-offs that we have seen this year (in February and October) have served as a reminder that investing is not without its risks - some of them quite sharp and sudden.
The latest updates we have seen from US companies have been encouraging, but this has not as of yet convinced investors that maybe markets around the world still look a little on the expensive side, and maybe a bit more patience could see bargains in the months ahead.
Surprises in currency markets
Currency markets are also unlikely to be quiet. This Thursday sees the latest interest rate decision from the European Central Bank. No change is expected –but the press conference after the decision does occasionally have the potential to deliver some fireworks.