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August Market Overview

Trump Trade War Escalates The trade war rhetoric became pertinent as China and the US implemented more tariffs on each of their economies. Despite this escalation, global markets continued to push forward as Trump’s trade war was shrugged off by increasing corporate earnings and a generally...

July Market Overview

Trade War Tensions Persist Donald Trump’s battle with the largest economies in the world has evolved as the US president threatened more tariffs with the aim of reducing trade deficits, mainly with China and the European Union. The European Central Bank have also stated that they...

May Market Overview

Earnings Season In Full Swing Corporate profits, revenues and management outlooks helped to bolster a stock market narrative which had been dominated by trade tensions and regulation of technology companies. Although, some of these fears have not been completely diminished, the earnings reported have been positive...

April Market Overview

Trade War Ignited?   Last month we saw Donald Trump announce the introduction of tariffs on aluminium and steel with repercussions felt across the developed world and retaliatory procedures being touted by affected nations. As a result, markets saw a bout of volatility which was further exacerbated...

March Market Overview

  The anti establishment parties made sweeping gains in the Italian general election and looked set to shape a large part of the government, albeit this will be in the form of a coalition. Markets saw a bout of volatility as central banks, in particular the...

February Market Overview

Italy Prepares For Election   Investors will be casting an eye on the momentum of each Italian political party as they prepare to go to the polls on March 4th. The European Union (EU) also stated their terms for the transition period with the UK and the...

January Market Overview

  Donald Trump managed to push through his first legislative win by introducing sweeping tax reforms whilst the UK Government prepared to begin the negotiations for a transition period with the European Union. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) figures also continued to suggest growth in the...

Market Overview Mid December 2017

Market Overview Mid December 2017 UK Government agree ‘divorce’ deal  The UK Government managed to negotiate a ‘divorce’ deal with the European Union allowing trade talks to be the next topic of debate. Over in Europe, Merkel’s coalition discussions stumbled which could cause the need for a...

December Market Overview

Brexit Breakthrough Falls Through The UK Government have attempted to pay back their EU budget commitments by offering up to €50bn in an attempt to overcome the first hurdle leading to trade talks and a potential transition deal. However, the ‘divorce’ deal has now been temporarily...

November Market Overview

Central banks tighten? UK interest rates hiked – The Bank of England has increased interest rates for the first time in a decade, raising its benchmark by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.5 per cent and signalling the start of a gradual increase in...