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Underlying dividend growth falters 21/05/2018

UK equity indices generally performed strongly during April, supported by a raft of corporate activity that was particularly concentrated in the FTSE 100 Index. The FTSE 100 Index rose by 6.4% over the month, while the FTSE 250 Index climbed by 4.2%. The yield on the FTSE 100 Index fell from 4.1% to 3.9% over April, while the FTSE 250 Index’s yield... Read more...

Ongoing concern over trade tensions 21/05/2018

Confidence amongst large Japanese manufacturers deteriorated during the first quarter of 2018, according to the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ’s) quarterly Tankan survey. On a brighter note, Japanese companies generally said that current production capacity is not enough to meet demand, which should provide a boost for future investment. Having contracted by... Read more...

10-year Treasury bond yield breaches 3% 21/05/2018

The ten-year US Treasury Bond yield rose above 3% for the first time since 2011 during April, stoked by mounting concerns over the outlook for inflation. The price of oil continued to climb during the month, and the price of a barrel of Brent Crude oil rose above US$75 amid worries that burgeoning trade wars and renewed sanctions against Iran will ... Read more...

ECB remains supportive 21/05/2018

During April, the European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed that it would continue with its planned programme of monthly bond purchases until the end of September, and that asset purchases would carry on beyond this date “if necessary”. The ECB also reiterated that its current policy of ultra-low interest rates would continue “well past” the conclusion... Read more...

Oil price continues its rise 21/05/2018

China posted encouraging annualised economic growth of 6.8% during the first three months of the year, beating the official target of “around 6.5%” set at March’s National People’s Congress. Nevertheless, there are persistent concerns about mounting debt levels in China. During April, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cautioned China against fi... Read more...

Corporate activity dominates the FTSE 100 10/05/2018

UK markets in April were notable for a flurry of corporate activity that was concentrated in the FTSE 100 Index. Large companies generally outperformed their medium-sized counterparts over the month; the FTSE 100 Index rose by 6.4%, while the FTSE 250 Index climbed by 4.2%.

UK economic growth disappoints 10/05/2018

Mounting speculation over inflation drove up government bond yields around the world in the middle of April, and the benchmark UK gilt yield closed as high as 1.54% during April. Sterling rallied against the US dollar in the middle of the month, boosted by mounting expectations of higher interest rates, but later subsided on news of disappointing e... Read more...

Strong beginning to Q1 earnings season 10/05/2018

Strong first-quarter earnings reports provided a boost for investors who have been distracted by ongoing political developments and concerns over possible trade wars. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) warned that global economic growth and confidence have been “tilted to the downside” by the looming trade war generated by President Trump’s introdu... Read more...

Corporate activity grips UK markets 01/05/2018

Despite ongoing Brexit-related uncertainties and fresh political instability in the UK, newsflow during April was dominated by a wave of corporate activity that reached across the FTSE 100 Index. In particular, investors were surprised by the news that supermarket retailers Asda – owned by US retailer Walmart – and Sainsbury’s were planning a merge... Read more...

High demand for safe-haven assets 10/04/2018

Government bond prices generally rose in March as investors faced the possibility of a trade war. Demand for bonds remained robust despite ongoing speculation that their bull run might be coming to an end as central banks have continued to scale back their monetary stimulus programmes. Read more...

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