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Brexit concerns hamper confidence 12/10/2017

Unlike many other major equity markets, the FTSE 100 Index ended September in negative territory. Ongoing disquiet over Brexit dampened investor sentiment; moreover, confidence was further thrown off balance by concerns over an escalating battle of words between North Korea and the US. Read more...

Gilt yields soar in September 12/10/2017

Gilt yields surged during September and prices fell amid expectations of higher interest rates. Over the month, the yield on the ten-year gilt soared from 1.09% to 1.41%, while the short-dated gilt yield climbed from 0.18% to 0.54%. Read more...

Brexit haunts UK investors 12/10/2017

The FTSE 100 Index declined during September, dampened by ongoing Brexit-related worries and concerns over mounting tensions between North Korea and the US. During September, the FTSE 100 index fell by 0.8%, while the FTSE 250 Index rose by 0.4%. Read more...

US markets hit new highs 12/10/2017

Despite some disappointing economic data, fresh disruptions caused by hurricanes, and ongoing tensions with North Korea, US equity indices reached fresh highs during the month, buoyed by a strong second-quarter earnings season. In a meeting between President Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, both presidents “condemned in the strongest ... Read more...

Europe's economy continues to strengthen 12/10/2017

In closely watched Federal elections, German Chancellor Angela Merkel managed to achieve a fourth term in office; however, her victory was soured by her smaller-than-expected share of the vote. Earlier in the month, credit ratings agency Fitch affirmed Germany’s credit rating at “AAA” with a “stable” outlook. Read more...

Snap election in Japan 12/10/2017

Investors were caught off-guard in September by the decision of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call a snap General Election in a move designed to reinforce his mandate and press ahead with his reform programme. Mr Abe also unveiled a package of stimulus measures worth two trillion yen. Read more...

BRICS nations meet in September 12/10/2017

At the annual BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China’s President Xi Jinping urged the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – to work together more closely in order to maximise the bloc’s growth potential. Of the US$197 billion in outbound investment in 2016, only 5.7% took place amongst the five countries. In consequence, Mr Xi hig... Read more...

Global bond yields rise in September 12/10/2017

Global bond yields generally rose during September despite a backdrop of rising tension between North Korea and the US. The yield on the ten-year US Treasury bond increased from 2.13% to 2.32%. The Federal Reserve (Fed) confirmed that it intends to start cutting back its US$4.5 trillion balance sheet in October. Read more...

North Korea dominates newsflow 02/10/2017

Global markets generally ended September in positive territory, despite an intensifying war of words between US President Donald Trump and North Korea. The UK was an exception, however; the FTSE 100 Index fell by 0.8% over the month, driven down by Brexit-related worries. Read more...

"No decisive progress" on Brexit 18/09/2017

Although UK equity indices ended August slightly higher than they began it, share prices were dampened by concerns over escalating tensions between North Korea and the international community. Sabre-rattling between North Korea and the US eventually reached a climax at the end of the month as North Korea fired a missile over Japan, undermining inve... Read more...

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