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
The Week: A last hurrah for growth stocks
The value of Apple hit $2trillion this week after a significant rise in its share price over the last three months.
20th Aug 2020
The Week: The resilience of Asian dividends
With UK dividends under considerable pressure, have Asian companies continued to deliver payouts to shareholders?
17th Jun 2020
Global update: Coronavirus hits investor sentiment
Investor sentiment was initially buoyed in January as the US and China signed their interim trade deal, driving US share indices to new all-time highs.
4th Feb 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: 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
Asian Japan markets review: Natural disasters dampen Japan’s growth
Japan’s economy shrank during the three months to September, contracting at an annualised rate of 1.2%. Spending and export activity were hampered over the summer by a series of natural disasters.
7th Dec 2018
UK equity market review: A Brexit deal remains elusive
UK share prices fell sharply during October as investors became increasingly rattled by a combination of factors, including concerns over global growth and worries over Brexit.
9th Nov 2018
US market review: Sharp falls in US share prices
Having risen by over 25% over 2017, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index fell during February to levels last seen at the end of November.
23rd Oct 2018
Inflation picks up in Japan
as expected, the Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy unchanged in September, maintaining its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1% and an annual target of around 80 trilli...
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
Consumer confidence dips in Europe
Share prices dipped across European markets at the end of August following the news that consumer confidence in the eurozone had posted a sharp drop. According the European Commission (...
5th Sep 2018
UK equity income market review: UK equity indices rise above the tension
Despite escalating trade tensions, uncertainties over Brexit, and political instability in Italy, UK equity markets rose during May. The FTSE 100 Index increased by 2.2% and reached a new...
11th Jun 2018
UK equity market review: Macroeconomic issues drive sentiment
UK equity markets rose over May as a whole, but investors’ attention was absorbed by Italy’s ongoing political problems, question-marks over the UK Government’s commitmen...
8th Jun 2018
US market review: Trump threatens trade war
March was a controversial month for the US as President Donald Trump implemented a range of measures designed to protect America’s interests
5th Apr 2018
UK equity market review: Progress on Brexit transition agreement
UK share prices generally fell during March amid expectations of tightening monetary policy and concerns over rising US protectionism.
UK equity market review: UK shares joined February’s global sell-off
UK share prices dropped sharply at the beginning of February amid mounting speculation that central bank policymakers – not only in the UK, but also in the US.
9th Mar 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
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