Interest rates rise around the world

Fed raises rates by 50 bp Markets were choppy during May as investors’ ongoing preoccupation over inflation was compounded by a raft of interest rate increases. The US Federal Reserve (Fed)  raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points during May to a range of 0.75% to 1%. Fed officials are set to implement … Continue reading “Interest rates rise around the world”

Ukraine and inflation share the spotlight in March

Question-marks over global growth Alongside the heavy human cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) issued a warning about the economic impact. The crisis is set to drive up the rate of global inflation by around 2.5%, with high prices for oil, gas and wheat likely to persist. Many large … Continue reading “Ukraine and inflation share the spotlight in March”

Higher interest rates on the horizon

Global Market Review A positive finish to 2021 Despite the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, major equity markets around the world ended 2021 in positive territory, boosted by mounting hopes that the variant would prove less serious than initially feared. In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose by 5.4% during … Continue reading “Higher interest rates on the horizon”

Higher inflation for longer

Global Market Review Intensifying inflationary pressures The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the world is facing inflationary pressures that will be “higher and longer than expected”. During October, US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell commented: “We now see higher inflation and the bottlenecks lasting well into next year … I do think it’s time … Continue reading “Higher inflation for longer”

Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards

A lengthy bull market is always nerve-wracking. Investors start to fret on valuations, on earnings, on the strength of economic growth. As valuations creep higher, but economic growth remains strong, we look at the bull and bear case for equities today. First, we examine three reasons why investors could be cheerful about the prospects for … Continue reading “Three reasons why stock markets can power onwards”

Gathering clouds

Global Market Review Questions over growth Investor sentiment during September was a hostage to concerns over faltering economic growth, rising inflation, surging energy prices, and an increasingly hawkish tone from central banks, compounded by speculation that Chinese real estate giant Evergrande might be on the verge of collapse. Tapering moves closer in the US The … Continue reading “Gathering clouds”

The beginning of the end

Global Market Review Stimulus withdrawal creeps closer The US Federal Reserve (Fed) may start to reduce its stimulus measures sooner than expected if the US economy continues to make progress towards the central bank’s key goals of full employment and stable inflation. Nevertheless, Fed Chair Jerome Powell – speaking at the annual Jackson Hole Symposium … Continue reading “The beginning of the end”

Global Market Review – June 2021

  Global Market Review Growth and inflation are on the rise Prospects for inflation and interest rates continued to garner headlines during June as investors digested news of rising prices alongside a more hawkish tone from the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Share prices were knocked by speculation that gathering inflationary pressures could encourage central banks … Continue reading “Global Market Review – June 2021”

Looking back at the markets through May 2021

A selection of articles looking back through the markets last month.   Global Market Review Markets gripped by inflation fears Although global equity markets generally ended May in positive territory, investor sentiment during the month was affected by growing concerns that mounting inflationary pressures could lead to higher interest rates. “The shadow of Covid-19 is … Continue reading “Looking back at the markets through May 2021”