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2018: A year to forget

2018 will be a year that many investors would rather forget. A lucky few will still be looking for an overall gain for the year, but the past few months have proved extremely uncomfortable. What have been the highs and lows of the year?

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Humans and data: where will they go next?

New and upcoming opportunities created by big data and its tools seem endless. Data science experts discuss what the development of big data will look like and how it will continue to affect our everyday lives.

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Bond Beats - #1 PureGym

In Bond Beats, Baillie Gifford’s High Yield Bond team explains the thinking behind some of their investment decisions. In the first Bond Beats, Lucy Isles takes a look at how PureGym has radically redefined a whole industry by breaking down the barriers to gym membership.

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From tailwinds to headwinds: A new market regime

Explore our 2019 Investment Views, with expert analysis, asses class by asset class, to equip you with insight into what could lie ahead.

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Natural disasters dampen Japan’s growth

Japan’s economy shrank during the three months to September, contracting at an annualised rate of 1.2%. Spending and export activity were hampered over the summer by a series of natural disasters. Elsewhere, disruptions to trade resulting from the acrimonious trade war between US and China could have a particularly adverse effect on Japan, which holds a key position in the global supply chain. 

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Investors hope for trade resolution at G20

Emerging markets generally performed more strongly than the broader global equity market during November, boosted by hopes that the US and China might resolve their ongoing trade dispute at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, and by indications from the Federal Reserve that US interest rates are currently “just below” the level that would have a “neutral” effect on the economy.

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Italy remains defiant

Brexit moved closer to a resolution during November as the EU and UK reached agreement on a deal; however, there are considerable doubts whether the deal will be ratified by the UK Parliament. Elsewhere, Italy’s Government refused to agree to revise a controversial budget that deviates from official guidelines and the EC described Italy’s public debt as “a major source of vulnerability for (its) economy”. 

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Market briefings looking back at November

These articles have been written by our expert investment writers and cover the markets looking back through November.

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Brexit sentiment drives European bond yields

European government bond yields rose sharply in November on the news that the UK and EU had finally managed to thrash out a Brexit deal. European leaders backed the withdrawal agreement and political declaration; subsequently, however, yields subsided against mounting concern that the Brexit agreement will not receive sufficient support from UK MPs. 

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Deal or no deal … or no Brexit at all?

Months of Brexit speculation and uncertainty came to a head in November as the UK and the EU finally succeeded in reaching a Brexit deal. MPs will vote on the deal on 11 December, but there are doubts whether it will receive enough votes. The EU has stated that it will not contemplate a renegotiation; therefore, if the deal is rejected by Parliament, political turmoil is likely to follow. 

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