Return to Cyclical Normality?

Screen Shot 2018-10-09 at 11.17.07Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated discretionary investment managers, held their 17th annual investment conference in London last month.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Return to Cyclical Normality?’ Ten years on from the global financial crisis, the era of ultra-loose monetary policy is ending and central banks, led by the Fed, are in the process of gradually normalising policy. Is the World now returning to a more normal cyclical pattern, marking the beginning of the end of the extraordinary economic and market conditions of the past decade?

Glyn Owen, Investment Director of Momentum Global Investment Management, with over forty years of market experience, examines this critical question and its implications for investors, as well as the minefield of geopolitics and the rapidly evolving international order. Click here to learn more.

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Nomura: September Sets Up “Monster” US Momentum Rally

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The Best And Worst Performing Assets In June, Q2 And YTD

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July Performance

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July Overview
Generally positive economic news as well as a weakening dollar provided the backdrop for investors in July. For UK investors, this meant strong positive returns from almost all asset classes. Politics and Central Bank messaging continued to influence markets, but in a slightly more subdued manner than had been the case throughout the rest of the year. Learn more

PortfolioMetrix Market Update: Asset Allocation – Eyes Forward

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PortfolioMetrix have just completed a formal asset allocation review for all portfolios, the results of which have just been implemented in their latest rebalance. How they decide on this asset allocation is reasonably technical, which they have already covered (the perhaps infamous ‘Black Litterman’ discussion), but they did want to highlight one key element of the process: PortfolioMetrix asset allocations are forward-looking, not backward-looking. Learn more

PortfolioMetrix Market Update

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