January 2018

  • January 30th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 30/1/2018

    US The S&P 500 index declined by the most since September yesterday, falling 0.7% Yields on benchmark Treasury bonds touched the highest levels since early 2014 as traders gear up for a hectic week of data and policy announcements. The US dollar strengthened against all its major rivals. The FOMC meeting begins today, the final […]

  • January 26th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 26/1/2018

    US equities reversed early losses yesterday to settle the session marginally higher following volatile moves in currency markets. The S&P 500 closed 0.1% higher, with Utilities and Healthcare contributing the most gains. In currency markets, the dollar fell as low as $1.2536 against the euro immediately after the ECB press conference (as Mario Draghi’s comments […]

  • January 23rd, 2018
    Market Headlines – 23/1/2018

    US US equities gained 0.8% following the conclusion of the short-lived government shutdown yesterday. Telecoms, Energy and Consumer Discretionary were among the best performing sectors for the session. Senate Republicans and Democrats reached an agreement on spending and immigration allowing the passage of a stopgap bill to keep the government open until February 8, putting […]

  • January 18th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 18/1/2018

    US US. stocks rose to fresh highs as companies continued to indicate the tax overhaul will boost earnings this year. The S&P 500 Index posted its biggest gain since November rising 0.9%. Taxes drove much of the action. Financials were strong after Bank of America beat estimates and indicated that it could benefit from the U.S. […]

  • January 15th, 2018
    Investment Outlook 2018 – Zurich Life

    Positive outlook, but mindful of risks!! Investment Outlook Snapshot 2018

  • January 15th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 15/1/2018

    US The S&P 500 Index closed on Friday at an all-time high. Stocks gained 0.7%, as retail sales sparked optimism in the economy and JPMorgan Chase & Co. signalled tax cuts will bolster profits. The dollar weakened the most since March, sending the euro to a three-year high and the pound to its strongest since […]

  • January 12th, 2018
    Outlook 2018: Another good year for investors?

    As investors look ahead to a new year, they could be forgiven for wondering whether they will be as pleasantly surprised in 2018 as they were in 2017. A number of political worries on the horizon this time last year signally failed to materialise, including the likely shape of President Trump’s trade policies, the rise […]

  • January 12th, 2018
    How can investors find sustainable income?

    Demand for income remains strong but investors may be taking on more risk than they realise. We look at how to generate a sustainable income yield across asset classes. A decade on from the start of the global financial crisis, the search for yield continues unabated. Our 2016 Global Investor Survey found that 41% of […]

  • January 12th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 12/1/2018

    US US stocks resumed their upward momentum yesterday as the S&P 500 rose 0.7%, led higher by gains in Energy stocks. US bond markets were calmer yesterday as reports that Chinese government officials recommended buying less US debt were deemed to have been misinterpreted. The yield on 10-year government bonds traded 1bp lower (prices rose). […]

  • January 8th, 2018
    Market Headlines – 8/1/2018

    US 2018 has begun on a positive note from an equity perspective, with the S&P 500 +2.6% last week, the best week for the index since December 2016. US equities traded 0.7% higher on Friday, shrugging off the weak jobs figure, as gains in technology (+1.2%) and healthcare (+0.9%) offsetting marginal weakness in utilities and […]