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Does the rise in oil prices tell a wider commodities story?

Market Week in Review is a weekly market update on global investment news in a quick five-minute video format. It gives you easy access to some of our top investment strategists. Our experts will keep you informed of key market events and provide you with an easy-to-understand outlook on the week ahead. Subscribe to receive this

April 23, 2018 Categories: Market Updates
Market volatility - multi-asset approach

Why a dynamic multi-asset approach matters during volatile markets

We didn’t know 5 February would be the day. No one did. But for the past year, we’ve espoused the benefits of managing risk, rather than taking risk.    On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,175 points,1 marking an exceptionally volatile day for financial markets around the world. The 4.6% drop was

Feb 9, 2018 Categories: Market Updates, Multi-asset
Volatility strikes back. Is this the start of a bear market?

Volatility strikes back. Is this the start of a bear market?

After an exceptionally strong year in markets, volatility has struck back in recent days. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500® Index has fallen roughly 10% from its record close on 26 January.1   Many of our clients are asking us if this is the start of a bear market. Our answer—probably not.

Feb 6, 2018 Categories: Market Updates, Multi-asset
French Election

Macron wins French Presidential election

In line with the polls, Emmanuel Macron cruised to an easy victory in the second round of the French presidential election, taking 66% of the vote. Macron’s party, En Marche! is also doing well in the polls for the June parliamentary elections1. Which may mean that Macron’s power to implement reforms could be bigger than

May 8, 2017 Categories: Market Updates, Markets

Trump vs. Emerging Markets: Who might win?

The initial slump of Emerging Markets assets following Donald Trump’s election appears to be waning. The apparent recovery indicates that not all of President Trump’s economic policies are bad for Emerging Markets (EM) countries. Those which depend on exporting manufactured goods to the U.S., like Mexico and China, may suffer. Other developing nations, in particular

Mar 1, 2017 Categories: Multi-asset

2017 and the search for returns: the low-return imperative

How low will returns be in 2017? We believe the search for returns in 2017 is not going to get any easier against a backdrop of high equity prices (notably in the US), narrow credit spreads and low bond yields. The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president has thrown an extra element of uncertainty

Feb 8, 2017 Categories: Multi-asset

What if the experts were right to put Trump’s and Brexit’s chances at 30%?

It’s the quiet week before Christmas, so I’m taking the opportunity to briefly set investment, pensions and charitable trusts aside and sneak in a post that touches on some of my favourite subjects: probabilities, forecasting and uncertainty. Specifically: what are the right – and wrong – lessons about forecasting from Donald Trump’s victory and the

Dec 21, 2016 Categories: Market Updates

Fed Announcement: Did Yellen get it right?

The Fed raises rates. Finally. It’s been a long wait, but the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) finally raised interest rates by 25 basis points today, bringing the current rate to 0.5 – 0. 75%. The market took a small step back today, with the S&P 500® falling by 0.8%. We believe the rate increase has

Dec 15, 2016 Categories: Market Updates

Italian referendum and global markets: What’s next in 2017

‘Once more unto the breach’. We imagine financial markets feel similar to the troops in Shakespeare’s King Henry the Fifth, after the ‘no’ vote in the Italian referendum on constitutional reform. Political events and the markets: The dangers of overreacting In a year full of political upsets, markets have to once more overcome uncertainty. With

Will the US presidential election impact markets?

The US presidential election has been top of mind for most people, given our 24-hour news channels and relentless coverage. But it’s worth taking a step back to evaluate the real impact of a presidential race on investments, and how that impact compares to other factors.This year we’re seeing populist movements in both major political

Sep 29, 2016 Categories: Markets

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