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April roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 3 May 2019 7 min read

Global equity markets continued to move higher in April, with similar preferences evident to those that have prevailed for much of the last three years. Accordingly, the UK market’s leadership again came principally from Asian-exposed businesses…

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March roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 5 April 2019 6 min read

Global equity markets continued to move higher in March, allowing the UK stock market to deliver its biggest quarterly total return in six years. Leadership of the UK stock market was, as has been the case for much of the last three years, dominated by the large, global dollar-earners, such as the oil majors, mining companies and consumer goods companies. Meanwhile, data from across much of the global economy continued to disappoint expectations.

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February roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 6 March 2019 5 min read

A review of key events in February 2019, a month in which most major regional stock markets posted further gains for the year, helped by a dovish tone from the Federal Reserve, a stronger oil price and suggestions of a thaw in China-US trade relations. The roundup also includes updates on holdings such as Barratt Developments, Provident Financial and Proton Partners International…

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January roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 4 February 2019 5 min read

Equity markets enjoyed a robust start to the year, rebounding from December’s declines. Global macroeconomic data appeared to resonate more with the market behaviour at the end of last year, however, with weakness particularly evident in China and Europe, and growing concerns about the outlook for the US economy. We expect the US to join the rest of the world in this more challenging economic environment, with very few regional economies possessing enough internal momentum to withstand the slowdown that is already in train…

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December roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 9 January 2019 5 min read

December was another volatile month for global equities. Markets continued to be buffeted by concerns about the global economic environment and the extent of valuation stretch among popular growth stocks, particularly in the technology sector. As the Brexit talks move through their final stages, the UK market was especially volatile, with rapid changes in the perceived balance of probabilities causing sharp shifts in intra-month performance.

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November roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 4 December 2018 6 min read

After October’s steep declines, November marked a month of consolidation for most regional equity markets. Emerging markets rallied following a prolonged period of pressure, and similarly, a late-month recovery for technology stocks helped the US indices to finish in positive territory. In Europe, most major markets were marginally lower, and, in the UK, politics remained more important than economics as a key driver of sentiment. Meanwhile, the global macroeconomic picture continues to evolve along the lines we have been expecting…

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October roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 2 November 2018 5 min read

October was a brutal month for risk assets, with all regional stock markets suffering heavy intra-month falls, before staging a rally in the last few days. As is often the case in market corrections, it’s difficult to pinpoint any one trigger for market declines, but they broadly coincided with signs of weaker global economic activity and a decisive move higher in 10-year US Treasury yields.

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September roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 2 October 2018 10 min read

A review of key events in September 2018, a month in which most major regional stock markets posted modest gains, recovering their poise following a late summer sell-off. Concerns about the health of emerging economies abated somewhat during the month, helped by a slightly weaker US dollar. Nevertheless, with inflationary pressures building in the US, there is an increasing risk that US interest rates could rise faster and further than is currently expected…

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Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc interim results 2018

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 20 September 2018 5 min read

Today marks the release of the Woodford Patient Capital Trust’s interim results for 2018.

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August roundup

Mitchell Fraser-Jones 4 September 2018 7 min read

A review of key events in August 2018, a month in which the US stock market reached a new all-time high, recording the longest bull market in history. In itself, that provides sound reason for caution but, elsewhere in the world, this bull market is already looking increasingly imperilled, with the UK and other European stock markets losing ground and several emerging markets, including China, already in bear market territory. Meanwhile, evidence to support our more cautious view of the global economic environment has continued to mount…

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