Market Update

News this past week

• Eurozone GDP growth outpaces expectations
• US-North Korea tensions ease
• Japan reports strong GDP growth
• UK records negative inflation in June
• President Trump disbands Business and Manufacturing forums

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Weekly Market Update

News this past week:

  • Markets buoyed by central bank meetings
  • Bond yields fall after US interest rates kept unchanged
  • ‘Hard Brexit’ speculation pushes sterling lower
  • Subdued PMI results for the euro area
  • Choppy week for oil ahead of OPEC meeting

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Monthly Market Commentary

August proved to be a particularly quiet month for markets, with low levels of volatility across equities and bonds, and little by way of significant news flow. Overall the ‘risk on’ environment of July, post the UK Brexit referendum, broadly continued in August: most equity markets rose modestly higher, with emerging markets leading the way and adding 2.5% in the month.

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Weekly Market Update

News this past week

  • Global bond yields rise in volatile environment
  • Mixed US data ahead of Fed meeting
  • Sterling falls after Chancellor’s comments
  • European markets retreat as industrial production declines
  • Reports of oil surplus sends prices lower

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Weekly Market Update

News this past week

  • ECB keep monetary policy on hold
  • Fed Governor makes case for rate rise despite poor US data
  • Global financial assets sell-off late in the week
  • UK services sector strong, whilst trade deficit decreases
  • Chinese trade data encouraging

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Weekly Market Update

News this past week

  • Global equities subdued
  • UK adds 170,000 jobs; retail sales growth picks up
  • US inflation falls; NY Fed hawkish
  • Japan see exports and imports slump
  • The price of oil rises on rumours of output freeze

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Weekly Market Update

News this past week

  • Gilt prices rise as BoE suffers from supply drought
  • US July data comes in below expectations
  • Encouraging economic data out of China
  • EU waives budget deficit fines for Spain and Portugal
  • Oil rebounds from its bear market

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