This time last year we were on the brink of an unpredicted and unpredictable UK General Election and unexpectedly loud tightening noises from UK and US central banks. Still markets remained mostly becalmed. Given how 2018 is panning out, I’ll be amazed if this summer passes without drama. Investors are getting to grips with so … More What I’m watching this summer (Part 1)
How do we even start to sum up 2016 on in one blog? Great tomes will surely be written about a year in which so many orthodoxies were overturned and paradigms shifted. … More What happened in 2016?
In March 2015 we discussed the opportunities and threats posed as $3t of global bonds traded with negative yields. Last week, that figure hit $6t – one third of the total market. Meanwhile, more central banks are talking or enacted NIRP – Negative Interest Rate Policy – raising some awkward questions. It’s tough to build … More Feeling negative – Take II
Takeaways: Markets didn’t know quite how to react when the Fed held last week. That’s hardly surprising when messages shift, narratives conflict and seven years of abnormal policy has created a ‘misallocation of capital’. A breakdown in the ‘normal’ relationships between assets and responses to good and bad news is becoming par for the course. … More Discombobulated! Fed reaction & oil transformation
Takeaways: So much for the summer break! Deal frenzy, spectacular market dives and the odd rebound. In modern sporting parlance, we can take the positives: earnings resilience, US recovery and a continuing M&A boom. However, it’s hard to escape the shift in mood. The last month has highlighted (again) how much market confidence is still … More August angst, September…..?
Takeaways: Knowing when the game’s up might be the theme of the week. The Greek saga rumbles on with both sides not able to agree now on how close they are to a deal. Eurozone markets remain sanguine. UK markets are even buoyant, with rising earnings expectations providing support. But will the recent lack of … More On the rebound?
Takeaways: We wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to say these are the biggest questions out there, but they’ve been exercising our minds these week and we’d welcome your views. We’re still waiting on Greece’s fate, whilst we ponder the bond sell off, ask where oil is going, wonder about corporate cash piles, and reflect on … More Five questions
Takeaways: D-Day rapidly approaching for Greece as time is running out to agree a deal with its international creditors, secure the release of badly needed bailout funds and avoid defaulting on its obligations. Rumours are rife that the Syriza government is preparing to take the dramatic step of declaring a default. The country is rapidly … More Time running out for Greece
Takeways: No deal and still we wait on Greece’s fate. Markets seem nonplussed. Is this faith in an 11th hour agreement or in sufficient mitigating factors? Both seem risky assumptions and no deal can ‘cure’ Greece overnight. Meanwhile, a tremendous amount of uncertainty remains elsewhere, not least in the volatile oil price and currency markets. … More And Greece is the way we are feeling…
Takeaways: Last year had its moments, but the last 12 months could look pedestrian compared to 2015. Of course change and even faster growth can bring challenge along with opportunity. Time to wheel out that old, but true, maxim that recovery can be the best, but also the worst of times for companies – and … More Buckle-up! Ten themes for 2015