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Upbeat Spring Statement

The outlook for the UK economy has brightened, according to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement. Chancellor Philip Hammond described himself as “positively Tigger-like” in the face of an improving economy for which there is “light at the end of the tunnel”.

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Time to relax?

Markets appear on a surer footing following the volatility at the start of the year, but can it last?

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FTSE 100’s yield rises above 4%

The UK equity market experienced a volatile February; share prices fell sharply at the start of the month as investors became increasingly concerned that major central banks might seek to tighten monetary policy more quickly than previously anticipated.

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US bond yields continue to rise

Global bond investors experienced an eventful February as investors faced up to the possibility that interest rates in the US might rise sooner than anticipated. Demand for bonds dropped sharply at the beginning of February as stronger-than-expected US labour market data stoked speculation over inflationary pressures.

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Post-Brexit future of Northern Ireland remains in doubt

European share prices generally fell in February, undermined by speculation that major central banks may be poised to tighten monetary policy more quickly than previously anticipated. 

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Brazil cuts interest rates again

Emerging equity markets were not immune to the heavy declines experienced by developed share indices during February. Investors around the world were rattled by signs that the end of a period of low-cost borrowing was approaching more rapidly than expected. 

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Asian markets weakened in February

Like many other major equity markets around the world, stock indices in Asia fell sharply during February amid speculation that US monetary policy might begin to tighten more quickly than expected.

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How the value factor performs in the market cycle

This month, we turn our attention to the value premium, which is one the most popular and well-known factors. We begin by examining the cumulative return of investing in two common value portfolios and show that the returns have been far in excess of the market.

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Market briefings looking back at February

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

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Sharp falls in US share prices

Having risen by over 25% over 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index fell during February to levels last seen at the end of November. 

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