Flash Crash



US equities experienced their largest point drop last night since the Financial Crisis. Markets have been under pressure after a strong rise in January which, was ended on Friday by stronger than expect US jobs data and wage growth figures.

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Stocks Record First Weekly loss this Year

Market Review – Week Ending 2nd February

Stocks Record First Weekly loss this Year

Stocks recorded their first weekly loss of 2018, with the S&P 500 Index suffering its worst weekly drop in two years. Energy stocks led the declines due to a plunge on Friday following lower-than-expected earnings results from Chevron and ExxonMobil. Health care shares were also especially weak after tumbling Tuesday on news that Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase were planning to cooperate in establishing a health care system for their U.S. employees. Financials fared better, helped by rising bond yields, which augur well for improved lending margins.

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US Government in Shutdown

Market Review – Week Ending 19th January

The major equity market indexes finished with modest gains for the holiday-shortened week. Stocks registered sharp gains on Tuesday, which saw the S&P 500 Index record its best one-day advance since November. Consumer staples stocks led gains within the S&P 500, while energy, industrials and business services, and real estate shares lagged.

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Euro remains at 3 year high

For the week ending 12th January 2018

U.S. markets are shut Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday after the S&P 500 Index closed on Friday at an all-time high. The euro remained near a three-year high on bets that central bank stimulus will be pared back further in Europe as its economy mends.

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A review of US markets

2017 – A Review of US Markets

December 15th 2017

  • US economic growth appears to be picking up but with the FED likely to tighten policy and inflation increasing, we appear to be in the latter stages of the cycle.
  • Global equity markets record an unprecedented year of performance and market conditions look supportive of further gains next year. The year is in its last days and barring a bombshell in the last couple of weeks, 2017 will go down as one of the most remarkable on records. Few investors expected the S&P 500 to post gains of close to 20% with near-record low volatility while enduring geopolitical tensions, massive natural disasters, political infighting in Washington, and a tighter monetary policy.

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  2. Happy new year, new highs
  3. Oil prices rise to two-and-a-half-year highs
  4. BOE raises rates for first time since 2007
  5. Fed: Economy to expand despite hurricanes
  6. Brexit talks at apparent impasse
  7. Euro strengthens as inflation rises
  8. Venezuelan Constituent Assembly declares itself superior
  9. Trump signs bill sanctioning Russia, Iran and North Korea
  10. S&P 500 and MSCI World among record-setters
  11. Fed chair suggests monetary policy won’t change
  12. UK Interest Rates Rise & Impact on DB Pensions
  13. Eurozone Economic Sentiment Soars
  14. Week in Review: Oil Enters Bear Market
  15. European markets hit fresh highs; US quits the Paris agreement
  16. UK Pension
  17. UK Election’s Effect on The Markets
  18. Robo-Advisors Permeate Asian Markets
  19. Market Wrap 2016 & Outlook for 2017
  20. Post Presidential Election
  21. Market Outlook – July 2016
  22. Oil Prices Moving against the News Flow
  23. Market Outlook - 2016 Q1
  24. Continuation of Volatility to start 2016
  25. 2016 - Market Outlook
  26. 2016 Turnaround In Emerging Markets
  27. Malaysia to stimulate new economic plan
  28. Chinese plunge rattles markets across the globe
  29. The UK’s election result and what may happen to IHT and pension tax, after the Conservatives and David Cameron were successful?
  30. China's New Dawn
  31. ECB Quantitative Easing; Is Mario’s Bazooka Big Enough?
  32. Market Outlook - September 2014
  33. Spring Outlook 2014
  34. Market Outlook April 2014
  35. What does the future hold for UK house prices?
  36. Is Islamic Finance Relevant Today?
  37. Turning Japanese for Stimulus
  38. Gold vs Silver : Is Silver Catching Up With Gold?
  39. Market Outlook March 2013
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