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The World In A Week – The Year Of The Rat

An eventful week that saw the continued spread of the Coronavirus in China, the opening arguments of Trump’s impeachment trial and the 51st World Economic Forum in Davos. The World Health Organisation have called for emergency action in China following 830 confirmed cases with 41 deaths reported so far. The Chinese city of Wuhan, home…

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The World In A Week – Waiting For The Turn

Although the year is still young, thus far into January markets have seen a broad continuation of the trends we observed in Q4 of 2019, and indeed for many of the last few years. US Equity outpaced other global markets by quite some margin, with the S&P 500 retuning +2.21% in Sterling terms; although this…

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The World In A Week – Big Headlines, Small Details

 Geopolitics continued to grab headlines last week. The US-Iran conflict is currently the biggest source of instability for investors, although tensions showed signs of abating as the week progressed, with both sides relaying that retaliation was over. Despite the White House making noises regarding further economic sanctions, we do not expect further escalation around this…

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The World In A Week – New Decade, Old Problems

We welcome not only a new year, but also a new decade. At the start of last year, we stated that in our opinion, the main risks were Trade, Brexit and Central Banks.  Last year was arguably dominated by Central Banks, with a synchronised easing around the globe, most notably in the US, where Jerome…

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The World In A Week – Santa Claus, Here We Come….

Last week the sole focus for UK citizens and investors was the UK election. The Conservatives sealed a landslide victory, their largest in decades, which saw the Pound jump and the UK equity market rally; smaller and mid-sized companies were notable beneficiaries. In what has felt like an age of political stalemate, Boris will now…

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The World In A Week – Much Of The Same

Politics, trade wars and mixed data took up headlines last week. Away from politics in the US and Europe, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy party won 85% of seats at the local elections, more than trebling the number of seats that they won in 2015. Turnout was also significantly higher at 71%, up from 47% in 2015….

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The World In A Week – Pavlov’s Dogs

Last week gave us nothing new to ruminate on; it was a week of recycling the same political stories of trade deals, impeachments and elections. The stock markets around the world reacted favourably to constructive discussions around the ‘phase one’ trade deal between the US and China.  We find It interesting to note how the…

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