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FOMC raises rates at their June meeting

US Federal Reserve (Fed) policymakers raised interest rates for the second time this year, increasing the key federal funds rate by 0.25 percentage points to a range of 1.75% to 2%.

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Video: Multi-Asset Core Income

In this Essentials video for the Janus Henderson Core Income range of funds, meet Multi-Asset Team head Paul O’Connor and managers Dean Cheeseman and Nick Watson. Learn about the team’s investment philosophy, the range’s key benefits, and what differentiates the funds from their peers.

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Why are global investors moving back to the US?

Valuations are expensive, there’s an unpredictable egoist in charge of the economy and stock market growth has been heavily geared to a number of companies whose moral position now looks dangerously in doubt. So why are investors moving back to the US markets?

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Do Factor Returns work in Large Caps?

Smart beta and factor return strategies tend to invest in the liquid, large-cap segment of the market, ensuring that the products are scalable. The downside to this strategy is that large caps receive more attention from investors and may be more efficiently priced, which could reduce factor returns in this segment of the market.

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Asian economies vulnerable to trade tensions

Economic growth in Asian countries – particularly Singapore and Hong Kong – is still heavily reliant on merchandise exports, according to Moody’s Investors Service, and exports make up over 50% of GDP for one-quarter of Asia’s economies.

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Argentina raises rates to 40%

Sentiment towards emerging markets was undermined during May by speculation that US monetary policy is likely to tighten more aggressively than previously anticipated, and by escalating concern over Argentina.

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EU hit by US levies

Trade tensions and political instability unsettled European investors during May.

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Political turmoil in Italy

Having breached 3% for the first time since 2011 in April, the ten-year US Treasury Bond yield rose above 3.10% in May.

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UK equity indices rise above the tension

Despite escalating trade tensions, uncertainties over Brexit, and political instability in Italy, UK equity markets rose during May. The FTSE 100 Index increased by 2.2% and reached a new all-time high of 7.877 points during the month.

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Market briefings looking back at May

Selection of articles written by our expert investment writers and cover the markets looking back through May.

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