Financial Market Summaries Archive

  • Interest Rates US Interest Rates are set by the FOMC (Federal Open Markets Committee) which meets approximately every 6 weeks. The ‘Fed’ has an unwavering commitment to ‘normalising’ interest rates. […]

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    Interest Rates US Interest Rates are set by the FOMC (Federal Open Markets Committee) which meets approximately every 6 weeks. The ‘Fed’ has an unwavering commitment to ‘normalising’ interest rates. […]

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  • Equities Last year, the US S&P 500 index rose an impressive 19%. Other markets were just about as competitive. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Average was up about the same amount while […]

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    Equities Last year, the US S&P 500 index rose an impressive 19%. Other markets were just about as competitive. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Average was up about the same amount while […]

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  • Global Stock Market Review: The nine-year bull market is narrowing. Last year, the US S&P 500 index rose an impressive 19%.Other markets were just about as competitive. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Average […]

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    Global Stock Market Review: The nine-year bull market is narrowing. Last year, the US S&P 500 index rose an impressive 19%.Other markets were just about as competitive. Japan’s Nikkei 225 Average […]

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  • Equities US equities stand out from the global pack, basking in the afterglow of tax reform and a stronger domestic economy that may be enough to shield Wall Street from […]

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    Equities US equities stand out from the global pack, basking in the afterglow of tax reform and a stronger domestic economy that may be enough to shield Wall Street from […]

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  • Fixed Income Looking at the benchmark US 10-year Treasury bond, the yield has traded in a broad range of 2.50-3.00% since the start of the year. The January/February fears of […]

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    Fixed Income Looking at the benchmark US 10-year Treasury bond, the yield has traded in a broad range of 2.50-3.00% since the start of the year. The January/February fears of […]

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  • Fixed Income A lot of attention right now is on the shape of the US Treasury yield curve. Short rates have risen sharply this year driven in large part by […]

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    Fixed Income A lot of attention right now is on the shape of the US Treasury yield curve. Short rates have risen sharply this year driven in large part by […]

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  • Equities We are witnessing a very different financial market environment so far in 2018 compared to the steady and strong rise in global equity markets that we saw in 2017.Volatility […]

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    Equities We are witnessing a very different financial market environment so far in 2018 compared to the steady and strong rise in global equity markets that we saw in 2017.Volatility […]

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  • US Stocks Have Led Global Equities Lower Behind the recent market pullback were 2 imbalances: investors’ seeming disregard for rising bond yields, and stock valuations that were high by historical […]

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    US Stocks Have Led Global Equities Lower Behind the recent market pullback were 2 imbalances: investors’ seeming disregard for rising bond yields, and stock valuations that were high by historical […]

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  • Equities  US equities had a very strong 2017 (up circa 25%) and led all global equity markets higher accordingly. This ‘bull run’ continued in the first few weeks of 2018 […]

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    Equities  US equities had a very strong 2017 (up circa 25%) and led all global equity markets higher accordingly. This ‘bull run’ continued in the first few weeks of 2018 […]

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  • Equities US equities are supported by: a weak dollar (supporting multinational exports – see below)     a deregulation of industry under President Donald Trump making it ‘easier for firms to […]

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    Equities US equities are supported by: a weak dollar (supporting multinational exports – see below)     a deregulation of industry under President Donald Trump making it ‘easier for firms to […]

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