Global update: A November to remember
It was a November for investors to remember as a widespread focus on the perceived safe havens of gold and government bonds was replaced by renewed interest in equities.
8th Dec 2020
Global update: Rising infection levels knock sentiment
Share prices generally fell during September amid concerns over rising infection levels and their potential impact on economic activity. Investors’ worries were compounded by doubts over Brexit negoti...
14th Oct 2020
Global bond market review: Bond yields plunge in August
Bond yields slid during August as nervous investors headed for perceived “safe-haven” assets such as government bonds and gold.
16th Sep 2019
Global update: Brexit: no further forward
The third anniversary of the Brexit referendum came and went in June, and still the issue of Brexit remained up in the air.
4th Jul 2019
Global bond market review: European slowdown drives demand for bonds
Fears of an economic slowdown in Europe rattled investors during March, and European government bond yields fell as investors sought perceived safe havens.
17th Apr 2019
Global update: The eleventh hour...
With Brexit still unresolved and the clock counting down to the 29 March deadline, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that a second “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal will be held by 12 March.
6th Mar 2019
Global update: Brexit: more talk, no action?
Having dominated financial markets in 2018, political issues intensified into 2019 in the UK and the US. The UK inched closer towards the Brexit deadline without any sign of a resolution.
5th Feb 2019
Global bond market review: Rising risks to sovereign ratings
After a challenging 2018, risks to sovereign ratings are set to intensify in 2019. According to credit ratings agency Fitch, global financial conditions are tightening, political and geopolitical fact...
18th Dec 2018
Global update: 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.
7th Dec 2018
Global update: October’s global sell-off
October proved a torrid month for investors as equity markets fell heavily. The global sell-off was attributed to a range of factors, including concerns over Italy’s budget, wider worries about Brexit...
9th Nov 2018
Global update: EU rejects Chequers plan
he possibility of a hard Brexit came more sharply into focus during September as an EU summit in Salzburg rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan. European Council (EC) President Don...
2nd Oct 2018
Global update: What's next for Nafta?
Trade talks took a fresh turn during August as the US and Canada failed to reach agreement over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).
5th Sep 2018
Global update: Deal or no deal?
Investors became increasingly preoccupied by the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit during July as the UK’s Parliament broke up for the summer recess.
9th Aug 2018
Trade tensions intensify
Financial markets in June were soured by the rapidly deteriorating trade relationship between the US and China. The IMF warned that the US’s aggressive trade strategy risked harming the global economy...
2nd Jul 2018
Global update: Trade wars on the horizon
Corporate news took a back seat during May as political developments directed investor sentiment. The possibility of an international trade war moved closer during the month as the US pres...
4th Jun 2018
Corporate activity grips UK markets
Despite ongoing Brexit-related uncertainties and fresh political instability in the UK, newsflow during April was dominated by a wave of corporate activity. Elsewhere, the ECB reassured...
1st May 2018
Global update: Rising US protectionism knocks sentiment
Investor sentiment during March was marred by mounting levels of US protectionism.
6th Apr 2018
Global update: Global sell-off in February
Equity markets experienced a global sell-off during early February triggered by concerns that US interest rates might rise more rapidly than previously expected. Equity indices in the...
2nd Mar 2018
Global update: A strong 2017 for global equity markets
Although global equity market returns were relatively muted during December, annualised performance from leading equity indices was very strong. The US, Germany, Japan, Brazil and Ind...
10th Jan 2018
Global update: Stable outlook for sovereigns
The outlook for sovereign creditworthiness in 2018 is generally stable, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s, underpinned by expectations that the “healthy” and “synchronised” global economic gr...
12th Dec 2017
Global update: Renewed aggression from North Korea
North Korea returned to the forefront of investors’ awareness in November following its decision to fire another ballistic missile towards Japan.
5th Dec 2017
Global update: Politics dominate in October
Politics grabbed the spotlight during October, and global investor sentiment was affected by mounting political crisis in Spain, General Elections in Japan and Austria, and continuing developments &nd...
7th Nov 2017
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