Oil and financials dominated in September

UK equity growth – UK equity indices rose during September, although short-term sentiment and market movements were affected by developments in the financials and energy sectors, and broader speculation over US monetary policy. The banking sector was undermined by a steep fall in the share price of Germany’s Deutsche Bank The price of oil received … Continue reading “Oil and financials dominated in September”

UK base rate falls to record low

UK Equity Growth Briefing – UK equity markets delivered a relatively muted performance during August as investors’ attention continued to focus on monetary policy – both domestic and overseas – and on ongoing fluctuations in the price of oil. The Bank of England (BoE) cut UK interest rates to 0.25% during the month, and also … Continue reading “UK base rate falls to record low”

UK equity market review – July 2016

The fallout from the UK’s Brexit decision continued to overshadow newsflow and sentiment during July. In particular, the first half of the month was dominated by political upheaval that resulted in the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister and Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Over July as a whole, the FTSE 100 … Continue reading “UK equity market review – July 2016”

Brexit decision shocks UK markets

Sentiment during June remained hostage to the fortunes of the referendum on the UK’s future membership of the European Union (EU). Market performance was volatile in the run-up to the vote; however, on balance, investors appeared to believe that most voters would ultimately opt to remain in the EU. However, in a surprising turn of … Continue reading “Brexit decision shocks UK markets”

May is dominated by Brexit debate

In the UK, May was dominated by discussion over the impending referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU), which is scheduled to take place on 23 June . During the month, the tenor of the debate became progressively irritable, as theorising and argument over the economic impact of a Brexit became increasingly … Continue reading “May is dominated by Brexit debate”