WeekWatch – a positive change for US stocks

US senate Washington DC

What a difference a month makes. January, whose name ultimately derives from ‘ianua’ (Latin for door), has this year delivered on its promise of change, at least on markets. After a torrid final quarter of last year, US stocks posted their best opening month since 1987, as banks and smaller companies – in other words, [read more]

WeekWatch – World Economic Forum in Davos

World Economic Forum Davos

Stock Take The late comic Victoria Wood once said, “Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597.” Last week, many of the former could be found glad-handing their way through the World Economic Forum in [read more]

WeekWatch – Wall Street lead little upward momentum

Wall Street

Stock Take “There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the basis of society than to debauch the currency,” warned John Maynard Keynes, probably the greatest economist of the 20th century. Spare a thought, then, for Venezuelans. At the start of 2018 a cup of coffee typically cost them a quarter of a bolívar; [read more]

WeeklyWatch – Stock Take

Stock Take

Firstly, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and welcome back! Our news articles have changed from the Market Bulletin to ‘WeekWatch’ with the usual insight into what is happening in the financial markets. These days America has two ‘Big Apples’, one on each coast, and they both pack a financial punch. [read more]

Market Bulletin – Cutting Edges

Cutting Edges

Trade tensions reached a new level on technology fears, pushing down stocks around the world. Over the long term, China can lay claim to pioneering some of the world’s most significant inventions. Gunpowder, paper, the compass and printing may be the famous four that Chinese schoolchildren memorise in school, but there are many more; among [read more]

Market Bulletin – A Good Deal Worse?

A Good Deal Worse?

May’s Brexit deal split her Cabinet, imperilled her leadership, and rocked markets. There are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks, said Lenin, when decades happen. Has the UK just been through one of those weeks? There are reasons to think so. When Theresa May delivered first a Brexit deal and then Cabinet approval [read more]

Market Bulletin – Distant Horizons

Distant Horizon

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. “The future influences the present just as much as the past,” said Friedrich Nietzsche – an insight that could surely be applied to markets. Events in the US last week [read more]

Market Bulletin – Pressure Point

On the tenth anniversary of the global financial crisis, the greatest risks appeared to be geopolitical rather than financial. Wednesday marked ten years since the beginning of the global financial crisis, and its consequences continue to be felt on markets and in politics to this day. Indeed, the crisis was so momentous that commentators tend [read more]

Market Bulletin – Bittersweet

A busy week of news for company earnings and economic growth ends with a tumble for technology and tobacco stocks. It’s true. Chocolates really are getting smaller. Some bags of Maltesers have shrunk by 15%: indeed, 2,529 products have decreased in size in the last five years, while just 614 have got bigger, according to [read more]