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Markets and Insights


A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - DECEMBER 2019

November proved to be a positive month for risk assets as concerns relating to global growth, Brexit and Trade Wars appeared to dissipate, at least in the short-term.

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ADVICE AND GUIDANCE IN A DIGITAL WORLD

There can be a lot to think about when making decisions about your money. The good news is that technology is making expert support accessible to more of us than ever.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS – NOVEMBER 2019

October was a positive month for the global stock market on the back of improved sentiment around global trade and a tentative bottoming of macro-economic data in Europe and emerging markets. 

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A QUICK GUIDE TO INDEX INVESTING

Spreading your money across different investments, keeping your costs down and getting support from an expert are three ways to help make the most of your money.

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A QUARTER IN THE MARKETS - Q3 2019

Investor sentiment was mixed in the third quarter. Several factors took their toll, ranging from Brexit uncertainty to a trade dispute between the US and China.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS – OCTOBER 2019

During September, equity markets moved slightly higher as global growth expectations, geopolitical risk and political developments continued to take centre stage.

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INVESTING IN THE UK: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Ongoing developments around Brexit and its economic and political implications continueto create an uncertain backdrop for UK investors.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - SEPTEMBER 2019

During August, equity markets moved slightly lower as the US-China trade war and poor economic news continued to take centre stage.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - AUGUST 2019

During July stock markets moved higher as global central banks signalled a shift to more accommodative monetary policy. In the US, the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high on 26 July 2019 as US shares outperformed other developed markets.

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A QUARTER IN THE MARKETS

Q2 2019

Positive investor sentiment drove markets to a strong start in April, but, as they have for much of the past year, concerns about a global slowdown and uncertainty around US-China trade caused markets to fall sharply in May.

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LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT

H1 2019 review of the markets

After a turbulent end to 2018, financial markets started 2019 in a more optimistic mood: a temporary truce on trade between the US and China and a more supportive tone from central banks helped push markets higher.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - JULY 2019

During June, equity markets moved higher as global central banks signalled a shift to a more accommodative monetary policy. In the US, the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high on June 20th as US equities outperformed other developed markets. Emerging market equities also benefited from more positive investor sentiment.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - JUNE 2019

May proved a challenging month for global equity markets as a double hit of uncertainty about international trade policy and concerns around deteriorating global economic growth combined to precipitate a selloff in global equities, while core government bond yields declined.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - MAY 2019

April was a broadly positive month across asset classes, with investor sentiment remaining optimistic especially in light of loose monetary policy. This together with an ongoing truce of the trade tensions helped to boost market sentiment and push equities back towards all-time highs.

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NAVIGATING YOUR INVESTMENT ROUTES

Investing is a means to an end. It's a way to help you grow money, earn an income or a mixture of both, and as with many journeys there's more than one potential route to reach your goal.

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ECONOMIC CYCLES

Each season of the year gives us an idea of what to expect from the weather and how to prepare. What's harder to predict are the exact conditions on any given day or the best moment to put away your summer or winter clothes until the seasons turn again.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - APRIL 2019

The results of the March US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) showed that a vast majority of FOMC participants now expect no rate hikes this year, down from a median projection of two hikes in December - softer than consensus expectations.

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A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - MARCH 2019

After a volatile but positive January for equity markets, February saw further but somewhat steadier gains.

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INVESTING FOR ALL SEASONS

2018 was a challenging year for investors with positive yields the exception rather than the rule. Looking ahead, we see uncertainty around the global outlook, with growing signs of a downward shift in the economic cycle. It all adds up to the type of environment that multi-asset investing was made for.

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