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Market Report

Market Report - February 2017

Market Report

February saw a strong month across global equity markets as a result of encouraging economic data.  US equities posted strong gains following President Trump’s fiscal promises; the S&P 500 added 3.72% while the...

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Market Report - January 2017

Market Report

January saw a quiet start to the year with US equity markets continuing their climb for a third straight month as the Trump administration began to put its plans into action.  The S&P 500 index added 1.79% while the...

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Market Report - December 2016

Market Report

US equities continued to perform well following the US presidential election in November, while the FOMC voted unanimously to raise interest rates by 25bps to a range of 0.50% to 0.75%. The S&P 500 index added 1.82% while...

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Market Report - November 2016

Market Report

A surprise Donald Trump victory in the US elections lifted US equities to record highs as investors considered the potential policy implications of a Trump administration.  The S&P 500 index gained 3.42% on the month...

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Market Report - October 2016

Market Report

Political uncertainty ahead of the November US presidential elections and further expectations of a rate hike from the Federal Reserve before year end contributed to a fall in US Equities.  The S&P 500 index fell by...

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Market Report - September 2016

Market Report

US equities remained largely unchanged in September despite an eventful month for economic policy announcements.  The S&P 500 index saw another modest loss in September, down 0.12%, while the Dow Jones index declined...

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Market Report - August 2016

Market Report

US equities saw minimal movement in August with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones indices ending with modest losses of 0.12% and 0.17%, respectively. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 0.99% while the Russell 2000 index added...

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Market Report - July 2016

Market Report

Global markets saw strong gains in the month of July. In the US, non–farm payroll figures exceeded consensus expectations, however the month ended with disappointing GDP data. Despite the mixed news, the S&P 500...

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Market Report - June 2016

Market Report

Despite the Brexit referendum affecting global markets as well as weakening economic data in the US, US equity indices had stabilised by month end. The S&P 500 added a modest 0.09% while the Dow Jones index gained 0.80%....

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Market Report - May 2016

Market Report

An improvement in macroeconomic data provided support to US equities.  The S&P 500 gained 1.53% while the Dow Jones index added a modest 0.08%.  The Nasdaq Composite index rose by 3.62% and the Russell 2000 index...

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Market Report - April 2016

Market Report

US indices saw small gains as weaker than expected first quarter GDP figures had a negative effect on equities towards the end of April. After a strong start to the month, declines in the final week of April left the S&P...

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Market Report - March 2016

Market Report

March was a strong month for global markets and a dovish speech from Yellen pushed back expectations of a rate hike. The S&P 500 gained 6.60% while the Dow Jones index added a strong 7.08%, bringing their year-to-date...

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Market Report - February 2016

Market Report

Concerns over US growth had a negative impact on US equity returns at the start of this month. The S&P 500 saw a sharp sell off at the beginning of February, however it then recovered towards the end of the month in line...

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Market Report - January 2016

Market Report

Further deteriorations in oil prices and continued instability in the Chinese equity markets saw global indices get off to a shaky start for 2016. A lower than expected GDP expansion figure at the end of Q4 in the US was a...

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Market Report - December 2015

Market Report

US equity markets ended the year with mixed returns across various indices, which may have been due in part to the somewhat ambiguous forward guidance statement from the Federal Reserve at their final meeting of the...

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Market Report - November 2015

Market Report

November saw US equities end the month positive as the prospect of the Fed raising rates in December increased due to a strong non-farm payrolls report. The S&P 500 added 0.05% while the Dow Jones index increased by 0.32%....

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Market Report - October 2015

Market Report

October was a very strong month for global equities as a whole. US markets performed well, with the S&P 500 returning 8.30% following the delay of interest rate rises yet again by the Fed. The Dow Jones index added 8.47%,...

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Market Report – September 2015

Market Report

The S&P 500 continued its previous month’s decline by falling a further 2.64%, taking the index deeper into negative territory year to date. Most other major US indices ended the month lower, with the Dow Jones...

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Market Report – August 2015

Market Report

The S&P 500 declined by 6.26%, marking its worst monthly decline for several years and taking the index into negative territory year to date. The Nasdaq Composite fell 6.86% and the Russell 2000 index was 6.40% lower....

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Market Report – July 2015

Market Report

The S&P 500 recovered most of the prior month’s losses adding 1.97% on the month. The Nasdaq Composite added 2.84%, up 8.28% on the year and the Dow Jones Industrial average closed 0.40% higher but remains -0.75%...

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Market Report – June 2015

Market Report

June saw negative results across many stock market indices. In the US, only the Russell 2000 index saw a small gain, of 0.59%. The S&P 500 was down 2.10% while the Nasdaq and Dow Jones indices were down 1.64% and 2.17%...

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Market Report - May 2015

Market Report

All US indices saw positive results in May. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices gained 1.05% and 2.60% respectively, while the Dow Jones gained 0.95%. The Russell 2000 index saw gains of 2.16% largely contributed by the Russell...

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Market Report - April 2015

Market Report

Global equity markets were mixed in April; the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indices in the US gained 0.85% and 0.83%, respectively while the Russell 2000 index lost 2.61%. In Europe, the Dax index dropped by 4.28% and the...

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Market Report - March 2015

Market Report

The S&P 500 gave back most of the prior month’s gains, dropping 1.74% to end the first quarter 0.44% higher. The Nasdaq Composite index also fell on the month, losing 1.26% but closed the quarter up 3.48%. The...

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Market Report - February 2015

Market Report

The S&P 500 index gained 5.49% in February taking it positive on a year-to-date basis following losses in January. The Nasdaq Composite and Dow Jones Industrial indices were also both higher, showing gains of 7.08% and...

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Market Report - January 2015

Market Report

US equity markets started the year with a bearish tone with the S&P 500 dropping 3.10% and the Nasdaq Composite losing 2.13%. The Russell 2000 index fell by 3.26%, with the growth index falling by 2.28% and the value index...

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Market Report - December 2014

Market Report

US equity markets ended the year with mixed returns across various indices, which may have been due in part to the somewhat ambiguous forward guidance statement from the Federal Reserve at their final meeting of the...

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Market Report - November 2014

Market Report

The S&P 500 added 2.45% in November taking its year to date gain to 11.86%. Technology stocks continued to perform well with the Nasdaq composite adding 3.47%, heading into year end up 14.73%. The Russell 2000 index was...

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Market Report - October 2014

Market Report

October marked a typically volatile start to Q4 but after some large movements during the month most major equity markets ended higher even as the US Federal Reserve announced the much anticipated closing of its QE3...

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Market Report - September 2014

Market Report

US equity markets closed the month lower despite all-time highs being reached in the S&P 500 mid-way through September. After reaching a record high of 2,011.36, the S&P ended the month down 1.55%. The Nasdaq composite...

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Market Report - August 2014

Market Report

Strong US economic data outweighed increasing geopolitical concerns and weakness in other regions as global equities pushed higher, with the S&P 500 reaching an all-time high and closing the month above 2000 for the first...

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Market Report - July 2014

Market Report

Increasing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Eastern Europe resulted in heightened risk aversion in financial markets. This drove US equities to start the second half of the year with a negative monthly return. The...

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Market Report - June 2014

Market Report

Equity markets ended the first half of the year on a positive note despite negative economic data from the US towards the end of the month as Q1 GDP was revised downwards. Expectations of continued accommodative monetary...

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Market Report - May 2014

Market Report

US equity markets were up for the month pushing further into positive territory for the year. The S&P 500 gained 2.10% and the Nasdaq was up 3.11%, representing something of a turnaround for technology stocks following the...

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Market Report - April 2014

Market Report

US equity markets had a mixed start to Q2, with the S&P gaining 0.6% and the Dow Jones 0.7%. The Nasdaq, however, was down 2.0% as tech stocks continued to suffer from negative sentiment towards the sector amid valuation...

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Market Report - March 2014

Market Report

The S&P gained 0.69% in March, ending the quarter up 1.30%. The Nasdaq Composite suffered in comparison as investors rotated out of technology stocks during the month, with the index falling 2.53% and ending the quarter up...

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Market Report - February 2014

Market Report

The S&P 500 gained 4.31% in February, recovering all of the prior month’s losses and putting it in positive territory for the year. The Nasdaq composite was up nearly 5%, the Russell 2000 and Dow Jones...

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Market Report - January 2014

Market Report

After a strong start to January, global equity markets experienced a sharp sell-off in the latter part of the month, leaving most major indices in negative territory. This was driven partly by softer economic data and...

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Market Report - December 2013

Market Report

December was another strong month for global equity markets despite the surprise announcement during the month by the US Federal Reserve that it would begin tapering its QE program. The S&P 500 index in the US gained...

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Market Report - November 2013

Market Report

November was another strong month for global equities, with economic data in the developed world continuing to support evidence of recovery in the major economies. This evidence and the perception that Fed tapering would...

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Market Report - October 2013

Market Report

With the US Government re-opening following the shutdown and any immediate threat of a potential default on US debts temporarily averted, financial markets responded positively. Equity markets in the US were higher during...

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Market Report - September 2013

Market Report

Despite the US government shutdown at month-end, financial markets were generally buoyed by the surprise announcement from the US Federal Reserve not to taper their QE program, as had previously been...

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Market Report - August 2013

Market Report

Despite continued signs of improvement in the world economy, financial markets were unsettled in August as the holiday season was dominated by geopolitical tensions centred on the Middle East, causing general risk...

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Market Report - July 2013

Market Report

Equity markets posted strong gains in July as the negative sentiment from the previous month was forgotten amidst strong corporate earnings and more moderate comments from the US Federal Reserve regarding the potential...

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Market Report - June 2013

Market Report

Global financial markets had a negative month in June as comments from the US Federal Reserve raised fears that the Fed would slow down or withdraw its QE program. This led to heightened risk aversion by equity investors...

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Market Report - May 2013

Market Report

Policy makers continued to set the risk agenda this month as comments from the US Federal Reserve raised fears that quantitative easing would be scaled back and that this could have a significant potential impact on...

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Market Report - April 2013

Market Report

Equity markets continued their recent strong performance with most major indices showing gains during April. The announcements in Japan at the start of the month, detailing an expanded monetary easing program, supported...

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