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Economic outlook – looking into 2018

While 2017 was (like 2016) dominated by geopolitical risk (North Korea, alleged US/Russia links, European populism), none of that was allowed to seep into financial markets. Lubricated by cheap money,

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Three questions investors face for the rest of 2016

Three strategy questions are key to framing our ‘big picture’ thinking for the rest of the year: 1) Are we nearing the end of this obsession with /addiction to monetary

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Will central banks take different paths in road to recovery?

The actions and guidance provided by central banks have been the primary movers of investment markets in recent years as these institutions have been the suppliers of vast amounts of

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Fed meets in Bank of Japan’s shadow

Central banks were, according to the script, supposed to be edging away from more stimulus. The Bank of Japan has proved this theory to be incorrect. While it didn’t go

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Markets primed for central banks’ big day

Positive momentum has carried the UK markets forward for another day, while European and US markets notch up good gains as well, but the cold hand of the Fed is

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FTSE jumps as central banks come into focus

European stock markets are starting the week in a buoyant mood, with the fear of a US rate hike fading with every disappointing data point. Triple digit gains for the

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Corporate bond conundrum

With so much current commentary and market activity focused on Brexit and the US interest rate decision, the start of the European Central Bank’s corporate bond buying programme has gone

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Of shoes and ships, and cabbages and kings

As keen gardeners will know, a big risk to our gardens at this time of year is a proliferation of slugs eating all that nice fresh greenery – and the

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Challenged banks

The past few weeks have seen a host of UK, US and European banks reporting their quarterly numbers. The reading has not been particularly pretty although this is no surprise with

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Equities hit resistance again

Heading into the close, the FTSE 100 is fractionally higher, with miners putting in another good performance. It has been a choppy day for stock markets, in a modest echo