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
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: The “second wave” breaks
Share prices fell heavily around the world during October as Covid-19 infection rates continued to rise.
2nd Nov 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 update: Share price rises defy an uncertain outlook
Global share prices generally rose during August as investors took heart from ongoing fiscal and monetary support alongside some encouraging economic data.
3rd Sep 2020
Global update: The other “R” number … Recession
Early in July, investors were buoyed by news of progress in the development of coronavirus vaccines. However, as the month continued, optimism was tempered by a surge in infection rates in countries i...
11th Aug 2020
Global update: Painful consequences
Following March’s collapse in share prices, global stock markets made a partial recovery in April, although most major indices still sustained double-digit losses compared with the start of the year....
11th May 2020
Global update: March meltdown
The extended bull run came to an abrupt end in March as the coronavirus continued to spread into Europe and America, and a collapse in confidence pushed share indices into bear-market territory.
20th Apr 2020
Global update: Investors take fright as coronavirus takes hold
As the spread of coronavirus gathered pace across the world during February, investors became increasingly concerned that the economic impact could trigger a global recession. Share prices plunged ove...
5th Mar 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
Global update: Brexit takes a back seat
Although politics continued to dominate newsflow and sentiment in the UK during November, Brexit was superseded by the General Election as the focal point.
10th Dec 2019
Global update: Election fever
October saw the UK plunge into election fever as progress on Brexit once again ground to a halt.
6th Nov 2019
Global update: What next for Brexit?
The long-running Brexit saga took a new twist in September as the clock continued to tick towards its Hallowe’en deadline.
3rd Oct 2019
Global update: Parliament’s suspension creates controversy
The prospect of a no-deal Brexit crept closer during August as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Parliament would be suspended.
4th Sep 2019
Global update: Possibility of “no deal” moves closer
Boris Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt during July to become the new leader of the Conservative Party and the UK’s new Prime Minister.
1st Aug 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 update: US/China trade war escalates
Prime Minister Theresa May finally announced that she was resigning as leader of the Conservative Party on 7 June. Her decision triggered a leadership contest alongside rising concerns over the possib...
4th Jun 2019
Global update: Brexit postponed…
“Brexit Day” – 29 March – came and went, but the UK remained in the EU. The UK was forced to seek an extension to the Article 50 process as Prime Minister Theresa May failed to get her Brexit deal thr...
9th 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 update: 2018: worst year since 2008 for equity markets
2018 proved to be the worst year for global markets since 2008. The MSCI World Index fell by 10.4% over the year as a whole, dragged down by widespread economic and political concerns. Markets seesawe...
7th Jan 2019
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
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
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
Global update: Inflation remains a conundrum
Global equity markets generally rose during July, underpinned by further evidence of economic strength. Despite further political upheaval in the US, the benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average Index r...
3rd Aug 2017
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