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What's the plan in Japan

Japan has been a big hit with investors in 2017, but we’ve been here before. Can the stock market continue to deliver for investors in 2018?

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Market briefings looking back at December

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

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A record-breaking year for US equities

US equity indices reached new highs during December as President Donald Trump’s controversial tax reforms were approved by US lawmakers and signed into law. The sweeping reforms will cut corporate tax from 35% to 21%.

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Brexit negotiations are cleared to move on

The UK performed relatively strongly during December compared with many other major equity markets; over 2017 as a whole, however, the performance of the FTSE 100 Index was dwarfed by double-digit returns from overseas markets including the US, Japan and Germany. 

 
 

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The FTSE 100 Index’s yield rose over 2017

Although the UK lagged many other major equity markets during 2017 as a whole, it posted a robust performance during December. Both the FTSE 100 Index and the FTSE 250 Index reached new highs during the month.

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Inflation rises to 3.1%

UK government bond yields fell over December as a whole as demand for gilts rallied during the month. Investors’ appetite for gilts was underpinned by ongoing political uncertainties.

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A strong 2017 for global equity markets

Although global equity market returns were relatively muted during December – particularly amongst larger companies – annualised performance from leading equity indices were very strong.

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US Treasury bond yields ease over 2017

US Treasury bond yields rose during a busy December. As expected, the Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate for a third time in 2017, taking the key federal funds rate to a range of 1.25% to 1.5%. President Trump’s hotly debated tax reforms were approved and signed into law.

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Europe’s economy continues to gain traction

European equity markets generally posted subdued performance during December; over 2017 as a whole, however, returns were strong.

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Emerging markets rise over 2017

Emerging equity indices generally ended 2018 in positive territory, with many individual countries outperforming the broader world equity market. 

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