Global markets were as unsettled as the weather, until investors were reminded of positive economic and business trends.
Market Bulletin - Volatility Reprise
Market Bulletin - Plausible deniability?
Jobs figures in the US buoyed markets, as the US imposed trade tariffs and Theresa May’s new Brexit plan sparked the resignation of two ministers.
Market Bulletin - Revved Up
Markets were sensitive to the oil price and to tariffs, as EU, trade union and business leaders expressed concerns over Brexit progress.
Market Bulletin - Financial Alchemy
US stocks were sensitive to its trading tussles with both East and West, but were aided by positive economics at home.
Market Bulletin - Management Matters
New trade tariffs added to fears on markets, as the Fed and ECB both turned more hawkish.
Market Bulletin - Lone Rider
Discord at the G7 reflected extraordinary shifts in US trade policy, although markets weathered the storm.
Market Bulletin - High Marx
Interest rate expectations and a rising dollar held down US stocks, as eurozone growth slowed.
Market Bulletin - Grand Tour
Inflationary fears helped push US debt yields to multi-year highs, as growth figures in the UK disappointed markets.
Market Bulletin - Signal Worries
Investors contemplated the direction of inflation and interest rates, as stockmarkets rose on energy, trade and earnings tailwinds.
Market Bulletin - Russian Bear
Russian stocks felt the brunt of trade sanctions and a rise in tensions over Syria, as US corporate earnings season entered its stride.
Market Bulletin - Tubers and Tariffs
Figures revealed the impact of March’s cold snap on the UK economy, while the escalating trade battle between the US and China worried investors.
Market Bulletin - Technology Trouble
Tech stocks were the main exception as markets enjoyed a short-lived lull in trade and political tensions, while the UK entered its final year before Brexit.
Market Bulletin - Borderlines
Fresh import tariffs, Facebook woes and a rate rise loomed large on US markets, while the EU and UK agreed Brexit transition terms.
Market Bulletin - Penny Pinching
The chancellor delivered a continuity Spring Statement, as both the UK and US imposed sanctions on Russia – and Vladimir Putin won domestic elections in a landslide.
Market Bulletin - Art of the Deal
The global bull run entered its tenth year, as Donald Trump confirmed his tariff plans, and accepted Kim Jong-un’s invitation to a summit.
Market Bulletin - Prime Time
Political radicalism hit stocks, as the White House pushed protectionism and Italian voters renounced the centre ground.
Market Bulletin - Cashiered?
Government debt levels came in lower than expected, as the political focus turned to customs union options.
Market Bulletin - Groundhog Day
Markets quickly shrugged off the previous week’s bout of volatility, but inflation proved to be more persistent.
Market Bulletin - Normal Service?
A sudden selloff on global markets brought a dramatic spike in volatility, as investors looked to interest rate policy.
Market Bulletin - Groundhog Day
Corporate earnings, the US jobs report and eurozone growth offered major encouragements, yet stocks suffered a bad week.
Market Bulletin - Bottom Dollar
The dollar struck a three-year low and sterling a post-Brexit high, as the US imposed new trade tariffs and Donald Trump struck a softer note at Davos.
Market Bulletin - Frozen Air
Stocks meandered ahead of a US government shutdown and Donald Trump’s speech in Davos, while earnings season and Chinese growth buoyed confidence.
Market Bulletin - Smooth Running
Equity and bond market volatility struck new lows, as sterling and the FTSE both surged, and earnings season got underway.
Market Bulletin - Shared Faith
As trading resumed in the New Year, stocks showed no sign of losing their momentum.
Market Bulletin - Bull's Eye
In this year’s last full week of market activity, there were plenty of reminders that stocks are enjoying a strong run.
Market Bulletin - Diplomatic Capital
Stocks were sensitive to political developments around two of the world’s most intractable political disputes.
Market Bulletin - Winter Surge
Economic indicators gained momentum as several indices struck new highs, and the UK moved a step closer to securing progress in Brexit negotiations.
Market Bulletin - Noises Off
A constrained Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his second Budget without incident, while market attention was trained elsewhere.
Market Bulletin - Tranquil Times
Politicking over Brexit and the Budget gained pace, German coalition talks failed – and US stocks retained their historic calm.
Market Bulletin - Halfway House
Markets pulled in different directions, as the UK government was further weakened by events.
Market Bulletin - Easing Off
The Bank of England raised interest rates marginally, as strong global corporate earnings buoyed stocks on leading indices.
Market Bulletin - Revolutionary Roads
While US corporate results were mixed, investors transferred their affections to Asia – and the ECB.
Market Bulletin - Eastern Tide
Corporate results and US tax plans buoyed markets, as leaders in China and Japan gained fresh momentum.
Market Bulletin - Flying High
Stocks struck new highs last week, supported by indicators showing that global economic growth is increasingly broad-based.
Market Bulletin - Writing on the Wall
The pound slipped on political worries, but globally stocks broke new ground as investors focused on larger issues.
Market Bulletin - Political Punts
Shinzo Abe called an election in Japan and Donald Trump finally laid out his tax cut plans, while violence marred Catalonia’s independence poll.
Market Bulletin - Tonal Range
Janet Yellen launched the reversal of QE in the US, Angela Merkel won a fourth election victory, and Theresa May laid out her Brexit vision in Florence.
Market Bulletin - Gaining Ground
The world’s leading index ended at a new high despite a fresh missile test by North Korea, while the Bank of England suggested a rate rise was imminent.
Market Bulletin - Loonie Tune
Despite continued geopolitical concerns, central bankers stole the limelight, pushing currencies to new records.
Market Bulletin - Summer Saga
Despite rocky moments in politics and on markets, US and UK stocks ended August in the black, as global economic momentum persisted.
Market Bulletin - Division Bell
As the US president confronted perceived enemies at home and abroad, the annual meeting of the world’s central bankers delivered some balm for markets.
Market Bulletin - Distant Horizons
In a week marred by violence on both sides of the Atlantic, positive indicators in leading economies could not prevent markets delivering a mixed performance.
Market Bulletin - Pressure Point
On the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, the greatest risks appeared to be geopolitical rather than financial.