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
Asian Japan markets review: Asian economies vulnerable to trade tensions
Economic growth in Asian countries – particularly Singapore and Hong Kong – is still heavily reliant on merchandise exports, according to Moody’s Investors Service, and e...
11th Jun 2018
Emerging markets review: Argentina raises rates to 40%
Sentiment towards emerging markets was undermined during May by speculation that US monetary policy is likely to tighten more aggressively than previously anticipated, and by escalating co...
Europe market review: EU hit by US levies
Trade tensions and political instability unsettled European investors during May. Markets were dealt a blow by the news that US President Donald Trump had decided, after all, to impose tar...
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...
Market briefings looking back at May
A selection of articles, written by our expert investment writers that cover the markets looking back through May.
US market review: Escalating trade tensions
The prospect of global trade wars moved closer during May. The US announced that it would start imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico, and also on...
8th Jun 2018
UK bond market review: Gilt yields driven down by demand for safe havens
UK gilts experienced a choppy month during May. The yield on the benchmark ten-year government bond rose above 1.55% during the middle of the month, but plummeted towards the end of May as...
How Factor Returns have Faded Around the World
The deterioration of factor return premiums is a major worry for smart beta investors. It raises the concern that the back-tested returns of the past will fail to materialise during the life of their...
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