Market Review – December 2023

UK Mid-caps outperform: although UK equity indices ended November in positive territory, their overall performance was muted compared with many other leading equity markets. The FTSE 250 Index – representing medium-sized companies – performed better than the FTSE 100 Index, boosted by speculation that interest rates might have peaked; returns from blue-chip stocks were curbed... Read More »

Market Review – November 2023

UK Geopolitics back in focus: UK share prices fell during October as concerns over the economic outlook were compounded by geopolitical uncertainties following the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war. The FTSE 100 Index  dropped by 3.8% over the month, while the FTSE 250 Index  declined by 6.5%. Meanwhile, bond prices continued to fall: the yield on... Read More »

Market review – October 2023

Blue chips outperform in September: the FTSE 100 Index bucked the global trend during September, posting an increase of 2.3% over the month as sterling’s weakness and higher oil prices provided a boost for blue chips. In comparison, mid-caps – represented by the FTSE 250 Index – fell by 1.8% over the month.  Sterling weakens: the pound... Read More »

Spring Budget Statement March 2023

Before the Chancellor stood up on 15 March to deliver his budget speech, we were all aware of the impact of rising inflation on the cost of living so many were looking to see what the Chancellor would do to help with this. In the few days prior to the budget there were many comments... Read More »

Market review – January 2023

Happy New Year and I hope that you all managed to have a relaxing festive period. As always seems to be the case, it feels like a lifetime ago now! For this review, we will have a quick look back at December, as well as giving a brief overview of how the year panned out... Read More »

Market review – December 2022

As we approach the festive season, are we starting to see some positive news on the economic front? November saw global equities generally build on the positive returns seen in November. This meant, for the first time since last summer, equities saw consecutive months of gains. A lot of this positivity is on the hope... Read More »