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”

Economic Review – November 2021

Inflationary pressures mount Official statistics show the UK headline rate of inflation now stands at a 10-year high, with surveys pointing to further upward pressure as firms continue to report rapidly-rising cost burdens. Data released last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) 12-month rate – which … Continue reading “Economic Review – November 2021”

Inflationary headaches intensify

Global Market Review Omicron variant hits sentiment Global equity markets generally fell over November as investors digested new of the discovery of the new “Omicron” variant of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa, which triggered concerns that the economic recovery might be derailed. Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell warned that the emergence of the … Continue reading “Inflationary headaches intensify”

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”