The old saying "markets like to climb a wall of worry" proved spot on in 2017, writes Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell.
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How long can performance last?
Strong earnings in tech
The mega-cap FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google/Alphabet) stocks seem to be gathering strength and competitive dominance as they grow in size.
iPhone X slated for launch on November 3
US bank stocks rally to post-crisis high
Number of stocks reset to $123.47
'Big five' tech stocks hit recently
Flows of $6.4bn over 16 weeks
Asian companies are at the cutting-edge of research and development in areas like AI, the smart-home and virtual reality, writes Daniel Tubbs, head of global emerging markets at Mirabaud Asset Management.
At its core, investing is about increasing wealth. During a period of cyclical upheaval and mean reversion - generously spiced with global political change - it can be healthy to remind ourselves what drives returns on a fundamental level.
Adapting to technological disruption
Large-cap bias boosted year-to-date performance
Also moved negative duration for first time
Shares dropped by nearly 3%
Apple and Irish government disputing claims
With all three rating agencies lowering growth expectations for the domestic economy following the referendum result last month, the attractions of investing for long-term growth in the technology related sectors has again been highlighted in our view....
Bought 9.81 million shares in Q1
Follows disappointing earnings
Shares below $100 in after-hours trading
Latest addition to digital suite
Fifth return to bond market