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In spite of fears that it is losing its edge, done right, email marketing still gives a good return on investment.

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Market briefings looking back at January

The selection of articles have been written by our expert investment writers and cover the markets looking back through January.

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The price of oil reaches US$70 in January

The price of oil rose to US$70 per barrel for the first time in over three years during January as OPEC members confirmed that they would continue to limit output until the end of 2018. Meanwhile, share prices in Brazil received a boost from the news that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had failed in his appeal against his conviction for corruption.

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The Nikkei 225 Index hits its highest level since 1991

Following the US’s rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the remaining 11 participants have agreed to sign a trade deal in Chile in March. The pact will include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam and will encompass almost 500 million people and 13.4% of global GDP.

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Global bond yields rise sharply in January

Bond yields generally rose sharply in January as investors moved away from global fixed income, triggering speculation over the possibility of a bear market for bonds. The attractions of bonds appear to be wavering for some investors against a backdrop of tighter monetary policy, rising interest rates, and strengthening inflationary pressures.

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Stronger pound could dampen UK dividend payouts

UK equity indices fell over January as a whole, dampened by a rally in the value of the pound.

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Government shutdown hampers US sentiment

A three-day shutdown of the US federal government dampened investor sentiment as politicians reached deadlock over immigration policy.

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The pound rallies in January

Although the FTSE 100 Index reached a new all-time high during January, UK equity indices generally ended the month in negative territory, weighed down by a rally in the value of sterling. The pound rose above US$1.40 in January, reaching its highest level against the US dollar since the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016.

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Gilt yields soar in January

Despite a rally in the value of the pound, UK government bonds experienced a drop in demand during January, sending yields sharply higher. Sentiment towards gilts deteriorated against a backdrop of tightening monetary policy and ongoing concerns over the outlook for Brexit.

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The EU sets out its Brexit stall

The EU outlined its requirements for the UK during the post-Brexit transition period that will take place from March 2019 to the end of 2020. The UK is expected to continue to abide by the EU’s regulations, but will not be allowed to take part in the decision-making process.

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