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Collectively our eight portfolios outperformed their respective national benchmarks on 38 out of 44 occasions

Equity markets performed well in Q1 as investors responded to evidence of an improving global recovery. Markets showed resilience in the face of the US interest rate hike of 0.25% in March. However, investors are starting to question the implementation of Trump’s stimulus policies. Investors want to see the implementation of a pro-growth agenda from the US administration.

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Some air is starting to leak out of the reflationary balloon.

Since the summer of 2016, when evidence of China’s economic stimulus started to impact upon markets, the hopes of a rise in global growth and a return of inflation have…

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A hung parliament for Prime Minister May

One immediate outcome of the General Election result was that sterling fell in value by 2% to US$1.27. A fall in the value of the pound will increase the impact…

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FTSE 100 has hit new all-time highs

British blue chip stocks have barely looked back since the EU Referendum. The FTSE 100 reached a new all-time high of 7575 on 2nd June. The market has been assisted…

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Britain is Europe’s top destination for foreign direct investment.

Britain is the number one destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) after a surge in inflow levels not seen since the financial crisis. FDI rose to US$253bn in 2016 up…

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Jobs in the City.

The Brexit referendum result caused significant uncertainty over the future of the City of London’s banking and investment activity. Commercial property value fell on the expectation of lower occupancy demand…

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New office buildings completed in London has hit a 13 year high.

The number of new office buildings completed in London has hit a 13 year high after continuing demand from financial services and technology companies. 3.9 million sq ft of new…

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The Game of Brexit

The logic behind Teresa Mays decision to call a snap General Election was understandable. She faced an extended period of difficult negotiations with the EU that would run into a…

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The future for UK free trade agreements

A key outcome for Britain as we negotiate our exit from the EU is to establish new trade agreements around the world. While within the EU, Britain cannot cut bilateral…

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The nationalist tide may now have peaked.

The Eurozone has dodged the nationalist threat that was risking political and financial stability. The recent election of President Emmanuel Macron in France led a surge in the value of…

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