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Market Bulletin (30/11/2015)

  Seasonal slips So much for turning over a new leaf. The Chancellor’s 2015 Autumn Statement was initially expected to herald unprecedented cuts to both the welfare state and pension tax breaks. In the event, it did neither.   Among those now taking part in the collective sigh of

Market Bulletin (23/11/2015)

Atlantic rift? What usually matters most to markets about central banks is not so much where they are, as where they are headed.   A quick scour of major central banks around the developed world reveals similarly subdued interest rate levels: 0.1% in Japan, 0.05% in the eurozone,

Market Bulletin (16/11/2015)

Commodity slide At the time of writing, after falling in early trading, France’s CAC 40 index was showing the resilience and resolve that can be the only response to the horrific attacks by terrorists in Paris on Friday night. The tragedy made even more insignificant other

Market Bulletin (09/11/2015)

Taking the lead Sometimes it is indecision, rather than action, that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. So it has been for markets watching the Fed in recent months; until Wednesday, the US central bank had displayed a level of indecision worthy of Hamlet.   Last

Market Bulletin (02/11/2015)

 “The bears are in hibernation,” quipped market strategists as a month dominated by central banks’ activity ended with global markets clawing their way back to near record highs. After a bruising August and September, the FTSE All-World Index gained 8% in October, its biggest monthly

Market Bulletin (26/10/2015)

 Metal Settle The most significant reversal in sentiment was towards commodities. Commodities have been one of the principal enemies of stocks this summer and of confidence in the global outlook more broadly. The drop in GDP growth figures in China was especially important in this regard;

Market Bulletin (19/10/2015)

 One in three beers Perhaps the most significant market news of the week came on Tuesday with the announcement of the merger between brewing giants Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and SABMiller. The deal means that one in three bottles of beer worldwide looks set to be

Market Bulletin (12/10/2015)

 Metal Settle The most significant reversal in sentiment was towards commodities. Commodities have been one of the principal enemies of stocks this summer and of confidence in the global outlook more broadly. The drop in GDP growth figures in China was especially important in this regard;

Market Bulletin (05/10/2015)

Summer showers As investors bid farewell to a volatile third quarter, now is a good moment to put some of the recent fearmongering into context. The data was never going to look rosy; and, sure enough, when the figures came in, they reflected the impact of

Market Bulletin (28/09/2015)

Shakes not quakes As the volatility typical of the height of summer extended to September, investors could understandably be unnerved by the series of small tremors that has continued to rattle markets. Yet the factors driving market uncertainty – rising US interest rates and lower Chinese

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