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UK equity yields rise in August 20/09/2018

UK equity markets declined during August as investor sentiment was undermined by escalating concern that Brexit might actually take place without the UK and EU reaching a deal. The FTSE 100 Index fell by 4.1% over the month; meanwhile, the FTSE 250 Index posted a decline of 0.9%. The yield on the FTSE 100 Index rose from 3.79% to 4.01%, while the y... Read more...

US yield curve flattens 20/09/2018

As the US yield curve has continued to flatten, some officials at the Federal Reserve (Fed) are monitoring its trajectory for evidence of economic downturn. In the past, narrowing spreads between yields for shorter-dated and longer-dated US Treasury bonds have tended to herald worries about economic prospects …
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A tough month for emerging markets 13/09/2018

Emerging markets generally fell during August, undermined by an increasingly hawkish US central bank, a strengthening US dollar, and unease over escalating trade tensions. The Turkish lira plunged against the US dollar and, as the relationship between Turkey and the US continued to deteriorate, President Trump doubled US tariffs on imports of Turki... Read more...

Consumer confidence dips in Europe 13/09/2018

Share prices dipped across European markets at the end of August following the news that consumer confidence in the eurozone had posted a sharp drop. According the European Commission (EC), household sentiment was dragged down by concerns over employment prospects, although broader confidence over the economic outlook remained generally intact. Read more...

S&P 500 achieves longest-ever bull run 13/09/2018

Equity market performance in the US during August was underpinned by strong corporate earnings and sales. The S&P 500 Index achieved its longest bull market in history, superseding the previous record of 3,452 days that was set during the technology boom of the early noughties.
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A new Prime Minister for Australia 13/09/2018

The share prices of larger companies performed better than their medium-sized counterparts during August. Over the month as a whole, the Nikkei 225 Index rose by 1.4%, while the Topix Index and the TSE Second Section Index fell by 1% and 1.4% respectively.
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Brexit concerns intensify 11/09/2018

Amid mounting fears that the UK might have to exit the EU without a deal, the pound wobbled during August, dipping below US$1.27 against the US dollar for the first time in over a year. Whilst issuing  “practical and proportionate” information in case of a no-deal Brexit, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab stressed that agreeing a deal remains the “over... Read more...

Brexit affects investor sentiment 11/09/2018

Gilt yields declined during most of August, but rallied towards the end of the month amid speculation that Governor of the Bank of England (BoE) Mark Carney might be requested to stay on beyond the end his term as Governor to help facilitate oversee the post-Brexit transition. Over August as a whole, the yield on the benchmark government bond fell ... Read more...

What's next for Nafta? 04/09/2018

Trade talks took a fresh turn during August as the US and Canada failed to reach agreement over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). Meanwhile, trade discussions between the US and China broke up without making any significant progress; China imposed tariffs of 25% on US$16 billion-worth of US imports following the ... Read more...

Trade fears dampen confidence 15/08/2018

Concerns over the impact of trade wars is starting to affect confidence amongst Japanese companies, according to the Bank of Japan’s (BoJ’s) quarterly Tankan survey of business sentiment. Optimism amongst large manufacturers posted a larger-than-expected decline during the second quarter.
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