UK equity market review: Worst year for the FTSE 100 since 2008
With a matter of days left before the end of the transition period, the UK and EU finally reached a post-Brexit trade deal.
19th Jan 2021
UK equity market review: UK equities rally in November
UK share prices rose strongly during November, driven up by mounting optimism over the development of Covid-19 vaccines and hopes that a Brexit trade deal will be reached.
15th Dec 2020
UK equity market review: “Nightmare before Christmas”
As infection rates continued to increase in areas of England, the UK Government decided to implement another series of lockdown measures lasting from 5 November to 2 December.
5th Nov 2020
UK equity market review: Brexit trade deal remains unresolved
Share prices in the UK fell during September amid concerns that a surge in infection rates, accompanied by localised lockdowns, could undermine economic recovery. Both the FTSE 100 Index and the FTSE...
14th Oct 2020
UK equity market review: UK in recession
The UK economy entered recession for the first time since 2009: having contracted by 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020, the economy shrank at a record rate of 20.4% during the second quarter.
16th Sep 2020
UK equity market review: Uncertainty hits UK share prices
Share prices in the UK generally fell during July amid mounting concerns over the impact of a possible coronavirus “second wave”.
11th Aug 2020
UK equity market review: Opening up
The UK’s leaders announced a further easing in lockdown measures to take effect in July, allowing a large proportion of the country’s leisure and tourism sector to reopen, albeit with strict guideline...
5th Aug 2020
UK equity market review: UK retail sales plunge
UK share prices continued to rally during May as investors became more hopeful that the lockdown would lift, and the economy could restart.
10th Jun 2020
UK equity market review: UK plc on the back foot
Although UK share prices picked up slightly in April, the coronavirus continued to take a heavy social, corporate and economic toll and the UK overtook Spain to become the third-worst affected country...
18th May 2020
UK equity market review: Companies warn on profits as coronavirus bites
Share prices tumbled during February as the extent and severity of coronavirus continued to intensify. By the end of the month, 85,403 cases had been confirmed worldwide, with 23 cases in the UK.
4th Mar 2020
UK equity market review: The transition period begins
Brexit finally “got done” in January as the UK left the EU on 31 January. However, with a transition period of only 11 months, the Government is now under pressure to negotiate its new relationship wi...
12th Feb 2020
UK equity market review: Brexit’s turning-point
December provided a turning-point for the UK as the Conservative Party won the General Election. Prime Minister Boris Johnson succeeded in securing an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.
15th Jan 2020
UK equity market review: Election dominates sentiment
November in the UK was largely taken up by the impending General Election. Having dominated the headlines for many months, Brexit relinquished the spotlight as the different parties’ manifestos focuse...
20th Dec 2019
UK equity market review: Brexit “flextension”
Seven months after the first Brexit delay, the Hallowe’en deadline came and went with the UK’s Brexit predicament unresolved.
7th Nov 2019
UK equity market review: Counting down to Hallowe’en
As Brexit rumbled towards its Halloween deadline, investors’ attention during September was absorbed by a series of political developments.
15th Oct 2019
UK equity market review: Uncertainties drive down share prices
August proved both busy and controversial for UK investors, and share prices remained unsettled throughout the month.
16th Sep 2019
UK equity market review: Sterling falls on no-deal speculation
Sterling fell sharply against the US dollar and euro during July as the prospect of a no-deal Brexit began to appear increasingly possible.
19th Aug 2019
UK equity market review: Political distraction
Three years on from the Brexit referendum – and three months after the Brexit deadline was extended – the issue of Brexit remained unresolved.
10th Jul 2019
UK equity market review: Brexit tensions intensify in May
Escalating political upheaval knocked investors’ confidence in May, and share prices suffered.
12th Jun 2019
UK equity market review: Another six months …
The new Brexit deadline of 31 October has given UK MPs an additional six months to reach agreement.
13th May 2019
UK equity income market review: “Hope dies last”
Having tried – and failed – to get her Brexit deal through the House of Commons three times, Prime Minister Theresa May was obliged to seek an extension to the Article 50 process.
17th Apr 2019
UK equity market review: The Brexit deadline looms
The UK ended February with the question of Brexit still unanswered. The month was dominated by political newsflow as concerns over Brexit were compounded by the resignation of eleven MPs.
6th Mar 2019
UK equity market review: Mounting fears of a no-deal Brexit
Newsflow and investor sentiment were dominated by Brexit in December. Having managed to agree a Brexit deal with the EU in November, Prime Minister Theresa May later took the controversial decision to...
17th Dec 2018
UK equity income market review: Brexit hangs in the balance
UK share prices fell during November as months of Brexit negotiation between the UK and the EU finally culminated in an agreed deal.
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
"Moment of truth"?
With six months to go until Brexit takes place, the negotiation process stalled in Salzburg as the EU rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan. European Council Pres...
4th Oct 2018
Brexit concerns intensify
Amid mounting fears that the UK might have to exit the EU without a deal, the pound wobbled during August, dipping below US$1.27 against the US dollar for the first time in over a year....
5th Sep 2018
UK equity yields rise in August
UK equity markets declined during August as investor sentiment was undermined by escalating concern that Brexit might actually take place without the UK and EU reaching a deal. The yiel...
UK equity market review: “Cards on the table”
UK equity markets were blighted during June by Brexit, amid rising concerns over the UK’s lack of progress as the deadline moves closer. EC President Donald Tusk called on the UK to...
16th Jul 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.
5th Apr 2018
UK equity market review: The pound rallies in January
Although the FTSE 100 Index reached a new all-time high during January, UK equity indices generally ended the month in negative territory, weighed down by a rally in the value of sterl...
14th Feb 2018
UK equity market review: FTSE 100 Index reaches new high in November
UK interest rates rose for the first time since 2007 during November. Despite this, investors appear to be confident that any further increases will be very gradual, and the FTSE 100 Index reached a n...
8th Dec 2017
UK equity market review: “No decisive progress” in Brexit talks
UK share price performance was dampened in August by escalating tensions between North Korea and the international community.
28th Sep 2017
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