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Global Market Commentary – 2 February 2024

A Steady Start to 2024 -
The year has begun on a tentative footing following the excesses of November and December, when asset prices galloped higher. Investors have paused to reflect on the ‘wall of worry’ that is said to accompany most bull markets. 

Global Market Commentary – New Year’s Review

Investors enter 2024 with optimism -
Global stocks closed 2023 with their fourth largest annual return of the last twenty years. But those gains mostly came from a narrow group. The seven largest companies in the US - Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Nvidia, Facebook & Tesla – returned a colossal 111% on average.

Global Market Commentary – November 2023

Last month we said ‘the key economic indicators could prove not too hot, nor too cold, but just about right for investors to feel comfortable’. There can certainly be no doubt about the stock market’s favourite fairy tale after November’s gains: Goldilocks wins, hands down. With inflation cooling rapidly and GDP and employment figures remaining stable on both sides of the Atlantic, the stock market has shaken off the bears and moved markedly higher.

Global Market Commentary – October 2023

October was another difficult month for investors - the culmination of three consecutive months where stocks and bonds have declined together. However, the US and UK central banks provided “dovish” statements on November 1st and 2nd, stating policy is adequately restrictive in light of slowing inflation. Markets are now forecasting that further interest rate hikes are highly unlikely and have entered the new month on a positive note.

Global Market Commentary – September 2023

The first half of 2023 produced good returns from overseas stock markets, as most economies proved more resilient than expected, despite forecasts of a recession at the beginning of the year. As the second half of 2023 progresses, those gains are being given back as higher interest rates and rising oil prices are taking their toll once again.

Global Market Commentary – August 2023

Most of August felt like a return to 2022, with the US Dollar Index strengthening considerably (+4%) and signaling a risk-off move which has seen stocks and bonds decline together. However, the final few trading days saw material gains as inflation, employment and savings data suggested the overheating US economy may be cooling down. Investors are keen to see the end of interest rate hikes and a return to stable financial conditions.

Global Market Commentary April 2023

Although April was a relatively quiet month from a financial markets perspective, despite market concerns, stocks have generated good returns so far in 2023.

Global Markets Performance Update 2022 Quarter 4

In what was a poor year for investors, the fourth quarter saw gains for stock markets led by Asian and European markets. Read more of our investment insights for the last quarter of 2022.

Global Markets Performance Update First Half 2022

The year so far has been tough, certainly one that will have tested the stamina of many investors. Our summary of 2022 provides an overview of markets so far.

Global Markets Performance Update 2022 Quarter 1

The first Quarter of 2022 was dominated by the invasion of Ukraine continuing the market's rollercoaster ride.

The Impact of the Russia/Ukraine Conflict upon Investment Markets

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is deeply concerning on many levels, creating the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe for decades. Growing sanctions against Russia is adding to market volatility. Looking after our clients' investments is our highest priority.

Global Markets Performance Update – 2021 Quarter 4

Despite the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, the final quarter of 2021 was a positive one for those investors with well-diversified portfolios.