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Asian stockmarkets have had a tough year, culminating in October as trade tensions, a strong US dollar, rising bond yields and weaker Chinese macro data combined to send share prices sharply lower.
The UK remains out of favour among global investors and, with domestic fund flows retreating, we have been taking this opportunity to add to UK equities as sentiment seems to have reached extreme levels.
At this stage in the cycle, and in many sectors, there is continued pressure on company management to grow their dividends. There was record dividend growth in the UK in the second quarter and dividends are on track to reach a record high of close to...
The campaign fury in the build-up to the US mid-term elections may have been a factor in 'Red October', which saw the S&P 500 take a 10% intra-month hit.
Many investors spend their time trying to find the next disruptor, the next Uber or Netflix. Identifying the 'Next Big Thing' can make for a very profitable investment, as those companies have shown. However, predictions can more often be wrong than right....
When the referendum vote for Brexit occurred in June 2016 few could have predicted the outcome, and even fewer still could have positioned a portfolio accordingly. An unexpected outcome and disruption led to the UK stockmarket rising.
Household debt has fallen
Value comes from cash flows
The US economy is on its way to experiencing the longest growth cycle in history. The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates eight times since December 2015 in an effort to normalise monetary policy, and this has fuelled the debate about when the cycle...
Newton IM's CEO comments on the importance of responsible investment
Few regions have experienced as bifurcated an economic landscape as Europe over the past decade.
After a terrible share price performance since the start of the year, Vodafone provided a more reassuring set of half year results last week.
Among an array of macro uncertainties, such as trade wars, protectionism, Brexit and political uncertainty, one of the principal reasons for spikes in equity market volatility this year has been liquidity. Central banks have provided unprecedented levels...
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While surveys suggest the UK consumer is reasonably confident about their personal finances, we are less convinced.
Japanese stocks are about as cheap on a price to 12-month forward EPS ratio as they have been in many years and are cheaper than many of their global peers.
After the S&P 500 index's 10% rally from the beginning of May to the end of August in dollar terms, investors have begun to question whether further gains are possible by year end.
For many the Global Financial Crisis is a distant memory, having just seen the longest bull market in history. These extraordinary gains were achieved despite a difficult economic and political backdrop over the past decade. Recently the prospect of trade...
Fixed income investors could face a challenging end to the year, as the combination of shrinking central bank balance sheets and still solid growth data could be a headwind for bonds.
Is the longest post-war equity bull run coming to end? Perhaps not entirely but global stockmarkets are certainly showing signs of fragility in a number of sectors.
The momentum behind infrastructure equities has slowed over the last 18 months, with concerns over interest rate rises and political factors seemingly undermining the investment case for the asset class.
Changing company culture