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Weekly Market Review

18/04/2019 - Product News
Though the US and most European markets are shut tomorrow for Good Friday, it was still a busy week of economic data releases for major economies including the Eurozone and China. Meanwhile investors have also been closely following the first quarterly earnings reports, as markets make sense of the corporate picture.
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Weekly Market Review

12/04/2019 - Product News
Mixed data, mixed performance for markets as investors wait for company results season. Mixed news this week left equity markets broadly flat, with the MSCI World index down 0.1%, as investors wait for the unofficial start to earnings season, with JP Morgan and Wells Fargo releasing earnings before the US market open today. Globally, poor export data out of Germany, pointing towards a continuation of the slowdown, was mixed with an improved picture in China. In addition, another Brexit deadline passed, as the European Union agreed to extend the UK’s membership until the 31st October, which was not lost on commentators as being Halloween.
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Weekly Market Review

05/04/2019 - Product News
Economic releases point towards a strengthening global economy It has been a strong week for equity markets, as a series of economic data releases pointed to an improving picture for global growth, following weak data at the end of 2018 contributing to the US Federal Reserve (Fed) switching tack to a more accommodative stance for interest rates. The positive mood was further reinforced by a report in the Financial Times suggesting that US and Chinese officials have resolved most of the issues standing in the way of bringing the trade dispute to a close.
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Highlights and Lowlights - March 2019

01/04/2019 - Product News
Equity markets continued their good start to the year, with all major markets rising during the month in local currency terms. The continued increase in risk appetite was not detrimental to bond markets, which benefitted from reduced concerns about the future path of interest rates. However, gold was the marginal loser, rising for much of the month before falling sharply near month end to finish slightly down.
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Weekly Market Review

29/03/2019 - Product News
Global growth fears give way to bargain hunters. Despite news at the beginning of the week that Robert Mueller, the US justice department special counsel, concluded that Donald Trump and his presidential campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, the risk-off sentiment in markets carried over, as investors continued to fret about slowing global growth and the inversion of the bond yield, historically considered a key indicator of recession risk.
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Weekly Market Review

22/03/2019 - Product News
On Monday, US stocks closed moderately higher ahead of the Federal Reserve (Fed) policy where it was expected to rein in predictions for interest rate rises in 2019. Boeing fell on reports that investigators had found “clear similarities” between last week’s crash of one of its 737 MAX planes and another crash last year involving the same class of aircraft. Facebook also fell heavily after an analyst lowered its stock’s rating. However, despite these hiccups, the Dow and the Nasdaq both rose 0.3 per cent, while the S&P gained 0.4 per cent.
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Surviving Brexit

21/03/2019 - Feature Articles
In our last note we raised the issue of ‘Brexit fatigue’, something that we are feeling to a degree, pointing out that the effect has been exacerbated by the media’s tendency to link all events to Brexit, even where the UK’s planned departure from the EU is arguably not a major factor. With reporters making such poor causal relationships, and the resulting overload of Brexit news, it is tempting to shy away from the subject as a writer. However, the last couple of weeks provided some points of interest too good to pass up, as they provided the opportunity for some ‘tongue in cheek’ analogies, with some light relief around the process being much needed.
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Weekly Market Review

15/03/2019 - Product News
It has been a strong week for equity markets, buoyed by a combination of company merger activity, weak US inflation data lessening concerns over US rates, rising confidence that the UK can avoid a messy divorce with the EU and on Friday, news that China has passed a new foreign investment law intended to smooth the way to a trade deal with the US.
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Highlights and Lowlights - February 2019

12/03/2019 - Product News
Equity markets continued their good start to the year, with most rising in February. China was the stand-out performer, with the Shanghai market posting double digit returns as investors’ confidence that the US and China would agree a new trade deal grew. However, nothing has yet been delivered so the outcome of the talks continues to present a risk, as does Brexit and the continued arguments over the funding for President Trump’s border wall (with the potential for another US Government shutdown). However, away from these longstanding and familiar issues, there were other events that caught our eye.
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Weekly Market Review

01/03/2019 - Product News
It has been a mixed week for markets having started off on a promising note. As President Trump of the US delayed an increase in tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods, many markets gave up ground as a number of other issues came to the fore. Soft US housing data, details emerging of a gap in expectations between US and Chinese trade negotiators, and tensions rose between Pakistan and India, two nuclear powers, after two Indian jet planes were shot down over disputed Kashmir territory by the Pakistan army.
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