Monthly Archives: January 2016

Weekly Market Update

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Notable events over the last week In another week categorised by considerable market volatility, the European Central Bank chief, Mario Draghi provided some reassurance to financial markets by hinting at the possibility of further monetary stimulus at its March meeting. Draghi suggested that the downside risks have increased amid emerging market uncertainty while euro-area inflation … Continue reading Weekly Market Update

Treasury reveals how new stamp duty...


  Property people have a short and sharp four week window to make their views known to the government about a new stamp duty surcharge on homes for investment. Chancellor George Osborne announced the 3% stamp duty charge in his Autumn Statement 2015. The consultation fleshes out the sparse detail of his proposal to raise … Continue reading Treasury reveals how new stamp duty rules will work

Europe Q4 2015 Overview

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  In Europe it was also an eventful quarter. The region’s equity and short-dated government bond markets generally made early gains amid speculation that the ECB would implement further stimulus measures. However, these were momentarily tempered in November following the tragic events in Paris, the longer-term effects of which are likely to include increased government … Continue reading Europe Q4 2015 Overview

Japan Q4 2015 Overview


  During the quarter, market participants that expected the BoJ to provide further monetary stimulus were disappointed as it maintained its current asset purchase programme (although it added some minor supplementary measures in December). In justifying the relative lack of action, Governor Haruhiko Kuroda pointed to improved underlying inflationary trends in the domestic economy, notwithstanding … Continue reading Japan Q4 2015 Overview