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Weekly Market Update: Equities sell off on renewed trade war fears

Read our full Market Update Week 49 Market Update US equities sold off significantly last week, down -4.4% in Sterling terms, as trade war concerns weighed on American stocks, erasing the gains made in the previous week. Global equities were down -3.5% in Sterling terms, with all sectors apart from utilities experiencing negative returns. Emerging Market and Japanese equities posted losses …

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Weekly Market Update: Global stocks rally with US stocks higher after Fed’s comments

Read our full Market Update Week 48 Market Update Last week US equities had already seen a solid rebound, up over 2% for the week in US Dollar terms, when on Wednesday Jerome Powell’s apparent U-turn on interest rates, stating that “they remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy” …

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Will Donald Trump be happier with the 2019 Fed?

Having regularly declared that he will only hire the best people, Donald Trump has been rather vocal in decrying the actions the Federal Reserve has taken since Jay Powell, his choice for Fed Chair, took office. Mind you he has decried many of his appointees at one point or another, with his Attorney General Jeff Sessions coming in for regular …

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Weekly Market Update: Oil prices fall and Tech leads US equities lower

Read our full Market Update Week 47 Market Update Equities fell across the globe last week, with the US suffering the largest decline as technology mega-caps sold off. Facebook is down over 25% year-to-date, suffering from both idiosyncratic factors, such as an ageing user base and political scandals, and sector specific issues such as regulation. Emerging Market equities fell -1.65% in …

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Italy’s Greek Moment?

The European commission confirmed that it would be starting the excessive deficit procedure for Italy. Under Eurozone rules, no country is allowed a deficit higher than 3% of its GDP, but the Italian budget proposal challenged the EU directly by assuming significantly higher growth rates. According to Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis “The Commission confirms the existence of a particularly …

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Weekly Market Update: Global stocks continue their rebound while Oil prices drop further and Brexit uncertainty heightens

Read our full Market Update Week 46 Market Update Global stocks continued their rebound this week, with both Global and European equities up +0.3%. Emerging Market equities led the pack, returning +2.5% as the slide in oil prices gave a boost to emerging market currencies. UK Stocks were hit by further Brexit volatility, hardest hit stocks were of companies with hefty …

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Brexit Update: What now?

New Update! Monday 19 November 2018 After Friday’s dramatic cabinet session, which saw a third Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab and Work & Pensions Secretary Esther McVeigh resign, there are several possible options on the table: 1)      The deal might still go through parliament. Although divisions in the conservative party are high and it is unlikely that other parties would vote for the …

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Weekly Market Update: US Equities continue their rebound, oil enters bear market and Democrats win the House

Read our full Market Update Week 45 Market Update US stocks continued their rebound this week, with energy and financials sectors up +1.4% and +1.5%, while the tech sector suffered as Amazon and Apple saw big falls. General Electric also fell to it lowest level since the GFC. Emerging Market equities were down -2.4% in Sterling terms, while Italian bond yields …

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Is it time for a value comeback?

In recent years value investors in the US have watched as growth stocks have soared and provided excellent returns to shareholders. Some investors have even begun to call value investing a “dead strategy”. There are two primary schools of thought when it comes to effective stock selection: value and growth investing. There are probably as many definitions of these two …

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US Midterm Elections: What is the outlook for markets?

The US goes to the polls today for midterm elections. Every seat of the lower chamber (the House) is up for election (as it is every two years!), while a third of the upper chamber (the Senate) will also be voted on (Senators are elected every six years). For comparison to the UK Parliament, the House is somewhat like the …

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