Global update: Shares advance on vaccine optimism
After a tumultuous year in which the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world, many major stock markets ended 2020 in positive territory.
5th Jan 2021
UK equity income market review: Search for yield remains a challenge
UK share prices were dragged down during September by fears that the economic recovery could be held back by a “second wave” of coronavirus infections. The FTSE 100 Index fell by 1.6% during September...
14th Oct 2020
The Week: Does size really matter?
Size has provided little protection in the recent market rout. The appeal of large caps has historically been their defensiveness and their dividend payments, but does this still stand?
28th May 2020
Lessons from a crisis
Stock market crises may not feel much fun at the time, but they can provide a handy lesson in the right way to run a portfolio.
14th May 2020
The Week: Bye-bye the ‘V’ shaped recovery; hello the ‘L’ shape
A V-shaped recovery now looks vanishingly unlikely, but could any good come of the financial market meltdown?
19th Mar 2020
UK equity income market review: A defining moment for Brexit
The UK General Election proved to be a defining moment for Brexit in the UK as Boris Johnson’s decisive victory – with an 80-seat majority – paved the way for his Brexit deal to clear the House of Com...
15th Jan 2020
Global update: Double-digit gains in 2019
Despite a year that was filled with political and social upheaval – from the trade war between the US and China, through Brexit, to the civil unrest in Hong Kong – many world markets achieved double-d...
9th Jan 2020
The Week: What next for equity income?
After recent weak performance, equity income’s position at the heart of a UK portfolio is under threat.
20th Nov 2019
The Week: A new world order threatens capitalism
After significant falls this week, have markets recognised that China/US trade wars are part of a deeper problem?
8th Aug 2019
UK equity funds move back into favour
UK share prices rose and equity yields fell in June in the face of ongoing political uncertainty. The unfolding story of Brexit entered a new chapter during the month as the Conservative Party.
10th Jul 2019
UK equity income market update: UK equity funds move back into favour
UK equity income market review: Brexit drives up equity yields
UK share prices fell during May as Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would be standing down.
12th Jun 2019
UK equity market review: Brexit tensions intensify in May
Escalating political upheaval knocked investors’ confidence in May, and share prices suffered.
UK equity income market review: Brexit puzzle remains unsolved
The Brexit conundrum remained unsolved as March drew to a close, and the UK remained in the EU as Brexit Day was pushed out to 12 April. The yield on the FTSE 100 Index declined over March.
17th Apr 2019
UK equity market review: The Brexit deadline looms
The UK ended February with the question of Brexit still unanswered. The month was dominated by political newsflow as concerns over Brexit were compounded by the resignation of eleven MPs.
6th Mar 2019
Europe market review: Headwinds to European growth
Although European stock markets generally rallied in January after December’s sharp falls, investor sentiment was blunted by further signs of economic slowdown. European Central Bank President Mario D...
25th Feb 2019
The Week: Markets rebound; but why?
Markets re-found their footing this week with European stock markets hitting a three month high.
14th Feb 2019
The Week: UK dividends hit new highs
With the yield on UK shares at a level not seen since the depths of the financial crisis, are investors missing a barg
24th Jan 2019
The Week: Is Brexit in the price?
Markets were stable in the face of political turmoil in the UK this week. Does this suggest that Brexit - in all its forms - is in the price?
17th Jan 2019
The Week: Santa rally ahead?
It’s a festive tradition to discuss the prospects for a ‘Santa rally’ – will markets deliver this year?
A Santa rally has happened 84% of the time...
29th Nov 2018
UK equity income market review: Record Q3 for UK dividends
Concerns about Brexit, global economic growth, geopolitical issues and monetary tightening undermined investors’ confidence during October and share prices generally fell.
9th Nov 2018
The Week: A bumper year for global dividends, but what about the UK?
The latest statistics from the Janus Henderson Global Dividend index show payouts improving across the globe, but the UK appears a notable laggard.
23rd Aug 2018
UK equity market review: FTSE 100’s yield rises above 4%
The UK equity market experienced a volatile February.
14th Mar 2018
UK equity market review: 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 sterl...
14th Feb 2018
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 n...
10th Jan 2018
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