Europe market review: ECB launches review of its monetary policy strategy
The eurozone’s economy expanded by only 0.1% during the fourth quarter of 2019.
12th Feb 2020
Europe market review: Germany avoids recession
The eurozone’s economy almost stalled during November, according to IHS Markit, which reported the lowest level of activity for two months.
20th Dec 2019
Global bond market review: Central banks around the world cut rates
Investors saw a raft of interest-rate cuts during July, as central banks sought to address slowing economic growth and subdued inflationary pressures.
19th Aug 2019
What next for Brexit?
After months of political wrangling over Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she would stand down as leader of the Conservative Party.
28th May 2019
Europe market review: Eurozone stages a rally
The eurozone’s economy rebounded during the first three months of 2019, posting quarter-on-quarter growth of 0.4%. Italy emerged from recession, supported by export activity.
14th May 2019
Global bond market review: Italian bond yields rise
Government bond yields in Italy rose sharply during February as a decline in confidence pushed up borrowing costs. Sentiment was knocked by a combination of factors...
7th Mar 2019
Europe market review: EU initiates Brexit contingency measures
Despite concerns that the eurozone’s economic expansion is showing signs of faltering, the European Central Bank confirmed that its programme of quantitative easing measures was ending at the end of 2...
18th Dec 2018
Europe market review: Italy remains defiant
Brexit moved closer to a resolution during November as the EU and UK reached agreement on a deal; however, there are considerable doubts whether the deal will be ratified by the UK Parliament.
7th Dec 2018
Global bond market review: A choppy month for bond investors
A turbulent October sent investors scrambling for the perceived safety of “haven” assets such as the Japanese yen, US Treasury bonds, and gold.
9th Nov 2018
Fed tightens rates
US Treasury bond yields increased as investors awaited the next development in the trade war between the US and China. The yield on the ten-year Treasury bond rose as high as 3.1%, b...
5th Oct 2018
Italy’s spending plans raise eyebrows
Having recovered slightly during September, share prices in Italy fell heavily at the end of September as Italy’s government raised eyebrows with a controversial budget. The go...
The Week: A decade on from the financial crisis, how do the banks look today?
On a total return basis, the FTSE All Share is up 139% over the last decade to end September. In contrast, the FTSE All Share Banks Index is down -6%
Banks account for 11.9% of the FTSE 100, 12.2...
4th Oct 2018
Global bond market review|: Political turmoil in Italy
Having breached 3% for the first time since 2011 in April, the ten-year US Treasury Bond yield rose above 3.10% in May. As the month progressed, however, Treasury bond yields subsided, dam...
11th Jun 2018
The Week: La Dolce Vita?
Markets have been soothed by Italy’s apparently successful bond auction. Are they too quick to revert to business as usual?
31st May 2018
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