GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2017
25 Sep 2017
As widely expected the Federal Reserve kept interest rates on hold and confirmed it was to start unwinding its massive holdings of fixed income securities, acquired during its quantitative easing programmes.
Theresa May used a speech in Florence to set out the UK's position on how to move Brexit talks forward.
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2017
18 Sep 2017
Shares in global chipmakers suffered after Apple said its iPhone X would be launched later than expected.
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2017
11 Sep 2017
Renewed tensions concerning North Korea and the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma on US soil prompted investors to flee to safe haven assets. Bonds and gold rallied but shares delivered mixed returns.
Global Markets Update Monday 28 August 2017
29 Aug 2017
In a relatively quiet week, financial markets focused on the annual central bank meeting in Jackson Hole, as they awaited statement from the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank.
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 21 AUGUST 2017
21 Aug 2017
Global stockmarkets were unsettled by a terrorist attack in Spain and by heightened political tensions relating to the Trump presidency following his handling of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 14 AUGUST 2017
14 Aug 2017
Global stockmarkets retreated as investors were spooked by rising tensions between the US and North Korea. In contrast, core sovereign bonds and gold benefitted from their safe haven status, as did the yen and the Swiss franc.
Global Markets Update - Monday 7 August 2017
07 Aug 2017
In a heavy week for data releases, global stockmarkets ended the week slightly higher and bond yields fell.
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 31 JULY 2017
31 Jul 2017
Global stockmarkets weakened as tech stocks suffered another setback. Tobacco stocks were also undermined by news that the FDA may force nicotine levels in cigarettes to be lowered.
‘It was the readers wot won it’ The effect of newspapers and social media on politics
27 Jul 2017
Last night I attended the excellent London Press Club debate ‘It was the readers wot won it’, It was chaired by Andrew Rawnsley (Observer) and included panellists Amanda Platell (Daily Mail), John Rentoul (Independent), Simon Robinson (Reuters) and Kevin Schofield (Politics Home).
GLOBAL MARKETS UPDATE - MONDAY 24 JULY 2017
24 Jul 2017
In a quiet week for data releases, the euro continued to climb and the US dollar weakened as investors looked to central banks for clues as to the timing of future policy moves.