- UK market hits twelve consecutive days of record highs
- Sterling dips ahead of PM May’s Brexit speech
- Dollar retreats following Trump press conference
- Chinese trade data shows fall in exports
- US small business confidence soars
James Klempster (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management shares his view:
As Barack Obama’s presidency began in January 2009 – deep in the market sell-off following the global financial crisis – it was reasonable to presume that his job was at best thankless and at worst almost impossible. Yet, in many ways history may well tell us that his job was simple in comparison to that of his successor. Obama rode to victory on a tide of optimism and expectation that set him apart starkly from George W. Bush. Obama’s youth and eloquence stood him apart from the man he replaced. During that time tensions and the risk of policy missteps were high, but equally expectations were low due to the volume of bad news.