Growth slowest in a decade
Underweight GBP and EUR
The US dollar has performed well, up more than 7% since the end of 2017, and continues to enjoy a number of supports.
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Entering a 'monetary policy arms race'
New Zealand's finance minister, Bill English, has warned a Greek default or exit from the eurozone would present different challenges to the global financial system than those faced during the Lehman Brothers crisis of 2008.
The single biggest challenge facing markets is normalisation of monetary policy, but although central banks are urging caution, markets are ignoring the warnings, argues Jupiter's Miles Geldard.
Analysts suggest the Bank of England may look to an unlikely source for interest rate guidance after New Zealand today became the first developed market to raise rates since the financial crisis.
Exposure to New Zealand caused the £4.4bn Newton Asian Income fund to significantly underperform its peers in November, as unexpected political risks rocked the local market.
Top UK equity income managers have been cutting their weighting in tobacco stocks as concerns over earnings momentum and new rules on plain packaging put pressure on share prices.
The euro has fallen below the $1.30 barrier against the dollar, as Sunday's European election hangover continues to unsettle investors.
Global Bond managers nominated in last year's Fund Manager of the Year Awards continue to outperform despite tough sector conditions