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Q2 Market Review 2018

The mood and tone of financial markets was very different in the second quarter of 2018 to the first. A challenging first three months of the year for equity and bond markets gave way to a much stronger quarter for risk assets. Both US and UK equities recorded near double-digit gains in sterling terms, buoyed by strong corporate earnings, higher...

Market Commentary: May 2018

Once again investors showed their willingness to ignore geopolitical tensions and instead focus on fundamentals. The US administration’s aggressive approach to global trade dominated headlines, while Italy’s new eurosceptic government added to market concerns. But it was excellent corporate earnings in the US and a strong dollar which had...

Investment Commentary: April 2018

The tone and mood of financial markets in April was very different to that witnessed in the first quarter. Rising US Treasury bond yields triggered a sell-off in risk assets. In April, we saw the 10-year US Treasury notes breach the 3.0% mark for the first time since 2011, but little reaction in equity markets. In fact, we saw very strong...

Investment Committee Update: Reducing Risk

Last month we ran through some of the rationale for including US Treasuries into our portfolios. The position was taken both as means to enhance returns but also reduce risk. A second and perhaps more significant move we have made in our portfolios this year is to reduce the overall equity exposure. The reduction was not large, amounting to...

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