Fed to taper next month; December rate hike expected

Fed to taper next month; December rate hike expected...

The US Federal Reserve has left the Fed Funds Rate unchanged at 1-1.25%, but announced it will begin to unwind its quantitative easing programme in October.

Published : 21, Sep 2017
August retail sales defy expectations

August retail sales defy expectations

In a surprising turn of events, the Office for National Statistics reported that August retail sales in the UK delivered strong volume growth against the odds.

Published : 20, Sep 2017
Sentiment to UK worse than after Brexit vote

Sentiment to UK worse than after Brexit vote

Investors are less confident in the UK now than they were in the aftermath of the Brexit vote or the UK snap election, according to the latest reading from the Lloyds Private Bank Investor Sentiment Index (LPBIS).

Published : 20, Sep 2017
US equity rally has no solid footing

US equity rally has no solid footing

The S&P 500 just keeps setting new all-time highs, but the rally could soon reverse since it’s driven increasingly by technology stocks alone.

Published : 19, Sep 2017
Why the bull market dip has been and gone

Why the bull market dip has been and gone

Fears the globe is coming to the end of an eight-year bull market are based on a complete misconception according to former Neptune fund manager, Felix Wintle.

Published : 19, Sep 2017
Asset management's problem with race

Asset management's problem with race

A benchmark study from the Diversity Project has found that racial diversity remains one of the biggest issues facing the asset management industry.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
Why the ECB will not hike rates until 2019

Why the ECB will not hike rates until 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) will begin unwinding its monetary stimulus programme this year but investors shouldn’t expect a rate hike until at least 2019, according to analysts at Lyxor Asset Management.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
Govt threatens crackdown on investors’ tax breaks

Govt threatens crackdown on investors’ tax breaks...

The Treasury has threatened to clampdown on a tax-relief system encouraging the wealthy to invest in start-up firms over fears investors are abusing the system.

Published : 18, Sep 2017
M&G’s Rhodes keeps faith in US dividends

M&G’s Rhodes keeps faith in US dividends

The US remains the best dividend market in the world “by a mile” and yield opportunities still exist despite high valuations, M&G’s Stuart Rhodes believes.

Published : 15, Sep 2017
UK AUM defies Brexit vote with 20% jump

UK AUM defies Brexit vote with 20% jump

The volume of assets managed in the UK increased 20% last year, undeterred by the decision to leave the European Union, according to Investment Association (IA) research.

Published : 14, Sep 2017
Historic low bank rates held at 0.25%

Historic low bank rates held at 0.25%

Interest rates remain unchanged at a historic low level of 0.25% following the latest Bank of England meeting, quashing rumours higher inflation could spark a hike this year.

Published : 14, Sep 2017
OMGI’s Ormiston: euro at $1.30 spells pain

OMGI’s Ormiston: euro at $1.30 spells pain

Old Mutual Global Investors’ Ian Ormiston believes the strong euro is not having a material impact on European companies, but warns this could change if it breaches $1.30.

Published : 13, Sep 2017
Global managers' EM overweight hits 47%

Global managers' EM overweight hits 47%

Global fund managers upped their emerging markets overweight to a net 47% in September, while increasing their underweight to the US, according to the latest Bank of America (BofA) Merrill Lynch survey.

Published : 12, Sep 2017
50% of UK investors optimistic about returns despite Brexit

50% of UK investors optimistic about returns despite...

Despite the complications arising from Brexit negotiations and the lower interest rate environment, UK investors are among the most optimistic in Europe, a survey from Legg Mason Global Asset Management has found.

Published : 11, Sep 2017
Hermes backs world’s largest corporate sustainability drive

Hermes backs world’s largest corporate sustainability...

Hermes Investment Management has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact, a set of principles aimed at improving corporate sustainability across the globe.

Published : 11, Sep 2017
Complacent markets underestimate Fed rate hike

Complacent markets underestimate Fed rate hike...

Complacent markets could be caught off-guard by a US rate hike and surprise political reform from president Donald Trump, the co-head of multi-asset at SYZ Asset Management has warned.

Published : 8, Sep 2017
It’s time for Draghi to taper QE

It’s time for Draghi to taper QE

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi was tight-lipped on tapering following the bank’s latest policy meeting, but industry figures remain confident the ECB will roll back the pace of asset purchases from next month.

Published : 7, Sep 2017
Why a slowing economy is good news for the FTSE 100

Why a slowing economy is good news for the FTSE...

In an environment in which the UK economy is set to underperform the rest of the world in the medium to long term, Sanlam argues UK investors should once again turn their attention to large caps.

Published : 7, Sep 2017
Gold sales soar as North Korea nuclear threat bites

Gold sales soar as North Korea nuclear threat...

A US warning that North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons would spark a “massive military response” saw sales of physical gold soar to the highest level since Brexit on Monday morning.

Published : 4, Sep 2017
August’s good, bad and the ugly fund performers

August’s good, bad and the ugly fund performers...

Gold, Japanese and emerging markets funds enjoyed a strong August, while absolute return funds had a month to forget, as did Neil Woodford.

Published : 1, Sep 2017

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