The possibility of a hard Brexit came more sharply into focus during September as an EU summit in Salzburg rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Chequers plan. European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk acknowledged that the Chequers plan represente...
Despite ongoing Brexit-related uncertainties and fresh political instability in the UK, newsflow during April was dominated by a wave of corporate activity that reached across the FTSE 100 Index. In particular, investors were surprised by the news th...
Global equity markets generally advanced during July, underpinned by further evidence of economic strength. Inflation, however, remained at the forefront of investors’ consciousness over the month. European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi p...
Financial markets were unsettled towards the end of June by speculation that leading central banks might be poised to end their ultra-loose monetary policy. Following the US Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) third interest rate increase in six months, invest...
Investor sentiment was propelled higher during January by expectations that President Donald Trump’s policies could provide a boost for the US economy. However, the first weeks of his administration proved controversial as he fulfilled election pledg...
Major equity markets generally ended December 2016 in positive territory after a year dominated by political turmoil. As the year drew to a close, investors appeared to overlook unresolved concerns including Brexit, the rise of the European far-right...
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