Market Monitor – December 2018

January 9th, 2019, by Richard O'Sullivan

December proved to be a difficult month with all of the major regional indices we track falling in local terms. Markets in the US and Japan in particular struggled with the FTSE100 being slightly more resilient on a relative basis.… Read More…

Economic Commentary – 2018 Review

January 4th, 2019, by Martyn Torevell

2018 was a difficult year for investors with falls in all major stock markets and many other asset classes. Cash was amongst the best performing asset classes for US investors, and the same would have been true in the UK… Read More…

Market Monitor – November 2018

December 4th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

UK and European share indices were down in November but in the US, Japan, and Asia Pacific region there was a slight recovery and some positive returns. Despite this all major equity indices are down over 3 months. The FTSE100… Read More…

Economic Commentary – Brexit Update – November 2018

December 1st, 2018, by Martyn Torevell

Brexit has dominated British politics for the last two years, but with less than four months to go to the date of the UK’s departure from the European Union on 29 March, it continues to be a source of great… Read More…

Market Monitor – October 2018

November 2nd, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

Global equity indices fell sharply in October with the MSCI World index down around 5.4% over the month. The FTSE 100 index fell below 7,000 during the month but finished October at 7,128, representing a loss of nearly 5% for… Read More…

Economic Commentary – October 2018

November 1st, 2018, by Martyn Torevell

October saw sharp falls in global equity markets with the MSCI World index down by around 5.4% over the month in Sterling terms. The FTSE 100 index fell below 7,000 during the month before recovering slightly to finish October at… Read More…

Market Monitor – September 2018

October 5th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

Global stock markets had a volatile September but finished the month broadly flat. The majority of global equity indices fell in the first half of the month but recovered in the second half resulting in the MSCI World index edging… Read More…

Economic Commentary – September 2018

October 1st, 2018, by Martyn Torevell

The FTSE 100 index ended September at 7,510 having started the year at 7,687, a fall of 2.3% in capital terms. When dividends are taken into account, the UK market has produced a modest positive return of 1%. Whilst the… Read More…

Market Monitor – July 2018

August 10th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

Following an internal review, this month’s Market Monitor sees a change of indices provider for some of our global equity market coverage. The FTSE100 and S&P500 remain as the premier benchmarks for their respective markets but FTSE Russell are increasingly… Read More…

Market Monitor – May 2018

June 8th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

Most major stock markets exhibited significant volatility in May, although a number of global indices finished the month with positive returns for a sterling investor. This was in part due to the currency movements with the slight weakening of the… Read More…

Market Monitor – April 2018

May 11th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

All major stock market indices rose in April; the FTSE 100 index rose by 6.8% whilst the FTSE World index was up by 2.9% . The FTSE 100 index ended April at 7,509, back within 5% of its all-time high.… Read More…

Market Monitor – March 2018

April 27th, 2018, by Richard O'Sullivan

Global equities declined during the month with most indices ending the month in negative territory. The FTSE World index lost over 3.7% in Sterling terms and is down nearly 4.5% year to date. The US Dollar weakened over the month… Read More…

Market Monitor – January 2018

February 5th, 2018, by Georgina Ogilvie-Jones

The FTSE World index was broadly flat in Sterling terms in January, gaining just 0.3%. Global equities continued their ascent in the early part of the month, but there was some turbulence towards the end and currency effects also trimmed… Read More…

Market Monitor – December 2017

January 5th, 2018, by Georgina Ogilvie-Jones

The FTSE 100 closed at an all-time high of 7,687 on the last trading day of 2017 and the index finished the year up just under 545 points, meaning the index gained a respectable 7.6% in capital terms. A record… Read More…

MiFID II – what does it mean for me?

December 21st, 2017, by Amanda Valentine

3 January 2018 sees the introduction of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (“MiFID II”) seen by many as the largest overhaul of European financial services legislation in over a decade. All firms, be they product providers or some… Read More…