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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

Market Overview for Q4 2015

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The final quarter of 2015 ended the year on a positive note, with many markets reversing the declines they suffered in the preceding period. However, 2015 was a tumultuous year, characterized by diverging regional economic fortunes and policy trends, where positive currency-adjusted returns were difficult to achieve.   In regional terms, the best performing equity … Continue reading Market Overview for Q4 2015

US Federal Open Market Committee in...


  Yesterday evening, the Federal Reserve (the ‘Fed’) announced a rise in US interest rates for the first time in 9 years. While this was widely expected, having been continually signposted by the Federal Open Market Committee’s (‘FOMC’) members for some time, it finally removes any lingering uncertainty as to when the process of monetary … Continue reading US Federal Open Market Committee interest rate announcement