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New Chinese bond market opens up

August 8, 2017
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Foreign investors will soon finally be able to buy and sell Chinese bonds, thanks to a new scheme launched to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China. Beijing’s Bond Connect programme hopes to attract foreign capital by opening up China’s […]

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August Market Commentary

August 8, 2017
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July got off to the best possible start when Janet Yellen, Chair of the US Federal Reserve, announced that there would be no more financial crises “in our lifetime.” Speaking on a trip to London, she said that the reforms of the banking system since the 2007 to […]

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March Market Commentary

March 3, 2017
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Introduction

Last month was the month when it was almost impossible to keep up with the stories coming out of the White House. Normally as I make notes for this commentary through the month I end up – Not surprisingly – with far more notes about the UK […]

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Interest rate update: will low rates stay for another three years?

February 8, 2017
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The decision by the Bank of England to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25% in August last year was the latest blow for savers who hold a high percentage of their assets in cash. 2017 brings fresh economic uncertainty both at home and around […]

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February Market Commentary

February 8, 2017
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Introduction

Despite the claims of Brexit and the debate on triggering Article 50, it is impossible to start this commentary anywhere other than in Washington where, on January 20th, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

It is remarkably difficult to […]

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January Market Commentary

January 9, 2017
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Introduction

At the start of 2016, Brexit was seen as unlikely and President Trump was seen as impossible. David Cameron was busy negotiating a deal with his European counterparts which would surely secure a comfortable majority for the ‘Remain’ camp – and while Donald Trump might manage a few […]

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December Market Commentary

December 13, 2016
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Introduction

Well, for the second time this year the pollsters and the bookmakers had it spectacularly wrong. First Brexit, now President-elect Donald J Trump. By 306 Electoral College votes to 232 the 70 year old billionaire overturned the predictions and beat Hillary Clinton. Yes, there […]

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How’s global growth doing?

November 8, 2016
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently published its ‘World Economic Outlook’ report which suggests that whilst global growth in 2016 has been substandard, this is set to improve somewhat during 2017. The IMF’s report states that stifled global growth this year has been caused largely by the […]

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