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Your Q3 2019 market commentary

Even by recent standards, the third quarter of 2019 was unpredictable and volatile. Brexit continues to dominate the headlines in both the UK and in Europe, and the election of a new prime minister appears to have increased the chances of a disorderly exit from the European Union. In your Q3 2019 market commentary, we […]

Quarter 1 2019

Our market commentary has taken a slight change in direction, as we will now be producing a quarterly update, looking back at some of the political, economic, technological and environmental events affecting markets in the past three months. After the challenges and volatility we witnessed in the last quarter of 2018, let’s take a look at […]

October 2018

On Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 the United States will go to the polls to elect its next President. All the indications are that Donald Trump will stand for a second term and if the words of Bill Clinton – “It’s the economy, stupid” – are to be believed, he will win.

September 2018

August used to be known as the ‘silly season’. Everyone who made the news was away on holiday, nothing happened and newspapers were desperate to fill their pages. So rather more obscure stories made it into print…That, of course, was before Donald Trump. And Brexit. And Venezuela, Argentina…

August 2018

The news in July really could not have been much worse. The threat of a trade war between the US and China simmered throughout the month, and then on 31st July President Trump ramped up the tension with proposals of a 25% tariff on $200bn (£152bn) of Chinese imports.

June 2018

May was another month with the usual mix of good and bad news in the UK. RBS kicked off the month by announcing the closure of 162 bank branches. As online banking and mobile apps continue to bite into retail banking you do wonder just how many high street branches there will be in ten years’ time.

May 2018

2017 was a record year for the UK wine industry, as figures showed 64% more bottles of UK-made wine reached the market than in 2016. The Wine and Spirit Association said the industry was reaping the benefits of ‘huge’ investment over the last decade.

April 2018

Russia went to the polls last month and in the least surprising result of the year, Vladimir Putin won another six year term. The Chinese Communist Party removed rules limiting Xi Jinping to two terms in office, meaning two of the world’s three superpowers now effectively have presidents for life.