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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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The World In A Week 18 Nov 2019

The World In A Week – Never A Dull Moment

While violent clashes and political rhetoric filled the airwaves last week, markets were considerably more sedate. The Pound Sterling rose against all major global currencies. It appears the markets prefer the possibilities of a Conservative majority government as indicated in the polls to a hung parliament or Corbyn government. This left global equity indices marginally…

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The World In A Week – Is This The Beginning Of The End?

The election machines for the main political parties rolled into action last week, and with just 31 days until the general election, politicians are keen to get their messages across, while taking carefully worded pot-shots at the opposition. This meant that Parliament was officially dissolved on Tuesday so electioneering could commence the following day.  However,…

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The World In A Week – The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss?

It was a relatively sedate week in financial markets, as Sterling strengthened against most major global currencies. Equities were up slightly in GBP terms, while Fixed Income also rose by +0.25% in GBP hedged terms. Brexit related metrics were largely unchanged, as markets await the results of the forthcoming festive election. Global bonds maintained their…

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The World In A Week – On, and On, and On…

Brexit shenanigans dominated the headlines last week as the UK’s departure from the EU drags on, and on, and on. While Prime Minister Johnson eventually reached a majority agreement, it failed to go to a vote in the House of Commons over the weekend as MPs deemed the narrow window of, 3 days, too narrow….

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