UK bond market review: Investors welcome post-Brexit trade deal
The yield on the benchmark UK gilt fell from 0.31% to 0.20% over December as a whole as investors reacted to the news of tightening coronavirus-related restrictions in response to rising infection rat...
19th Jan 2021
UK bond market review: Improving optimism… deteriorating data
Investor sentiment improved sharply during November, underpinned by the news of vaccine breakthroughs in the UK and the US. Improving hopes for the economic outlook led to a surge in demand for higher...
15th Dec 2020
UK bond market review: Fears of a “double-dip” recession
Demand for UK gilts rose during October as Covid-19 infection rates continued to climb, and the UK and EU failed to progress their post-Brexit trade negotiations.
5th Nov 2020
UK bond market review: Speculation over negative rates
Risk-averse investors focused on perceived safe havens during September, spurred by fears that fresh lockdown measures could undermine economic recovery.
14th Oct 2020
UK bond market review: Government debt rises above £2 trillion
Government debt breached £2 trillion for the first time in July, driven higher by spending to shore up the economy.
16th Sep 2020
UK bond market review: Mounting fears over UK jobs
Gilt yields continued their decline during July, driven down by concerns over the prospect of a “second wave” of coronavirus cases.
11th Aug 2020
UK bond market review: “Living in unusual times”
Gilt yields continued their decline over June as demand for government bonds was boosted by expectations that the Bank of England (BoE) would expand its programme of quantitative easing measures.
5th Aug 2020
UK bond market review: BoE keeps its options open
Demand for gilts remained strong during May as the economic outlook continued to deteriorate. The coronavirus pandemic is expected to take a heavy toll on UK and global growth.
10th Jun 2020
UK bond market review: The economic outlook deteriorates
Although sentiment showed signs of improvement in April after March’s plunging stock markets, investors remained nervous. A survey conducted by GfK found that consumer confidence slumped to its lowest...
19th May 2020
UK bond market review: Gilt yields fall as investors head for the hills
Government bond yields dropped sharply during February as the coronavirus continued to spread across the world, fuelling concerns over the impact on global economic growth.
4th Mar 2020
UK bond market review: Flight to safety
Gilt yields fell during January as investors sought the perceived safety of government bonds
12th Feb 2020
UK bond market review: Optimism returns as 2019 ends
Investor confidence rallied during December following the Conservative Party’s decisive victory in the General Election.
15th Jan 2020
UK bond market review: Politics drives gilts in November
UK government bonds experienced a choppy November as General Election campaigning got under way.
20th Dec 2019
UK bond market review: Teetering on the edge
Having surged earlier in the month, amid rising hopes of a Brexit deal, gilt yields subsequently dipped later in October when it became clear that Brexit remained unresolved.
7th Nov 2019
UK bond market review: Deal or no deal?
Gilts experienced a choppy September as speculation over the likelihood of a Brexit deal ebbed and flowed in response to political developments.
15th Oct 2019
UK bond market review: Gilt yields plummet in August
Gilt yields plunged during August as nervous investors sought the perceived safety of government bonds and gold.
16th Sep 2019
UK bond market review: No-deal plans drive down gilt yields
Mounting fears that the UK will leave the EU without a deal on 31 October drove down the value of the pound against the US dollar and the euro during July.
19th Aug 2019
UK bond market review: Gradual tightening strategy remains intact
UK government bond yields fell over the first six months of 2019, boosted by rising demand for gilts driven by political uncertainty.
10th Jul 2019
UK bond market review: Brexit worries fuel demand for gilts
Amid rising speculation over the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, gilt prices surged and yields plummeted in May as investors scrambled for investments perceived to be safe havens.
12th Jun 2019
UK bond market review: Brextension eases demand for gilts
Demand for UK government bonds slipped during April: prices fell and yields rose as a six-month extension to Brexit allayed investors’.
13th May 2019
UK bond market review: Brexit uncertainties are unresolved
Following Parliament’s rejection of a no-deal Brexit, sterling surged against the US dollar to its highest level since June 2018 and against the euro to its highest level since April 2017.
17th Apr 2019
UK bond market review: Brexit “fog”
The possibility that Brexit might be delayed beyond its 29 March deadline drove sterling to its highest level against the euro for almost two years during February.
6th Mar 2019
UK bond market review: Brexit: decision time
UK government bonds and the pound remained hostages to Brexit in November as the UK finally agreed a Brexit deal with the EU.
7th Dec 2018
UK bond market review: Gilt yields tumble in October
Turmoil in global financial markets and sharp losses in equity markets drove up demand for gilts during October, leading to a decline in gilt yields.
9th Nov 2018
Brexit enters the last six months
Gilt yields rose during September as the Brexit negotiation process moved towards its final six months and a summit in Salzburg ended without a deal. The IMF concluded its annual assessment of the UK...
5th Oct 2018
Brexit affects investor sentiment
Gilt yields declined during most of August, but rallied towards the end of the month amid speculation that BoE Governor Mark Carney might be requested to stay on beyond the end his term...
5th Sep 2018
UK bond market review: Concerns over gilt supplies
UK gilt yields fell over March as a whole amid concerns over future supply as the DMO announced it would reduce gilt issuance in 2018/19 to its lowest level since 2007/2008.
5th Apr 2018
UK bond market review: Demand for gilts rises during August
During August, investors’ appetite for risk deteriorated, undermined by further deterioration in relations between North Korea and the rest of the world.
28th Sep 2017
UK bond market review: Gilt yields declined in July
Gilt yields fell over July as a whole, dampened by an unexpected drop in the UK’s annualised rate of inflation.
14th Aug 2017
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