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The annual results of the UK stress test on the banking system have been released today. This year’s test was the toughest so far: UK GDP down by 4.7% (4.3% in last year’s test), UK house prices fall by 33% (31% last time) and losses across the banks tested amount to £50bn (£44bn last time)....

Mark Barnett discusses the risks and opportunities facing the UK Equity market....

“Analysts will be following the pound closely today as a number of factors have the potential to drive the currency...

Following the announcement on Monday by Michel Barnier the Chief EU Brexit negotiator, that post Brexit, UK banks will lose 'passporting rights' to do business in the EU,..

Reacting to the Autumn Statement by Chancellor Philip Hammond,  Mihir Kapadia – CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments, has said...

“The pound slipped in reaction to Chancellor Philip Hammond’s long awaited budget..

Economic analysis has been of little help to predict markets in the past 10 years, because Central banks interventions heavily distorted market prices, blatantly disconnecting them from economic reality.....

Fundamentals are still so good that we cannot help wondering if the only worry today is that investors do not seem to be worried. The global recovery is still on track and even seems to be marginally intensifying.....

Over the past month, global growth indicators stayed upbeat and inflation expectations extended a recovery toward targeted levels. We repositioned ourselves for a euro setback against Sweden’s krona and note that equities in Europe and Japan are regaining steam....

US stock indices continue to set new all-time highs....

False starts, but no change in finish line....

Markets: U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Wednesday with the third consecutive all-time high close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.2 points, or 0.02%, to 22,646.87, while the S&P500 rallied 3.05 points, or 0.12%, to 2,537.63. ....

Key points: We have downgraded global stocks. U.S. valuations are elevated and a mid-year Federal Reserve (Fed) rate increase appears more likely. .....

Central banks to the rescue…again. Stocks experienced several violent reversals last week before finishing strong.....

The attacks on France by the so-called “Islamic State” have brought about geopolitical developments. In the words of President Francois Hollande, they have committed France to “destroying” the terrorists,

Stocks Tumble as Global Growth Slips: U.S. and European stocks fell sharply last week. In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.71% to 17,245, the S&P 500 Index dropped 3.62% to 2,023, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index lost an even....

The global earnings season has mostly disappointed thus far. Even if we exclude the commodity sectors, companies in Europe and the emerging markets have missed forecasts, while Japan’s results were just about in line.....

Stocks Climb Against a Backdrop of Higher Rates.....

The cautious move toward monetary normalization led by several central banks did not throw a tantrum on markets.....

Asset and sector rotations accelerated this week. US yields kept on adjusting to the Fed, which gives every signs it will proceed with normalization. In addition to US rate-sensitive sectors, it boosted Europe and Japan equities, but weakened EM, metals and gold. Mr. Trump also unveiled its tax blueprint....

September is on track to see hedge funds delivering solid returns, on the back of the recovery of Global Macro managers and the satisfactory performance of the remaining strategies.....

-The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.84 in May, with 6 out of 10 Lyxor indices ending the month with a positive performance. The more directional strategies had the best returns....

Market stress materially rose this week. De-risking ahead of the British referendum accelerated as polls and bookmakers depicted an increasingly uncertain outcome....

Over the recent weeks, hedge funds have remained broadly defensive. They are definitely not adding risk in portfolios ahead of key announcements in June that may disrupt market conditions...

State Street Global Exchange today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for October 2015.......

 

caffeState Street Global Exchange today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for September 2015.......

 

The growing pessimism seen in the export industry in recent months has ground to a halt. After five consecutive decreases, the Ifo Export Expectations rose from 7.4 to 7.7 balance points in September....

 

The Ifo Business Climate Index for Eastern German trade and industry rose sharply in July to 107.4 points from 105.8 index points in June, almost compensating for the declines of the past two....

 

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State Street Global Exchange has released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for July 2015.......

 

caffeThe Ifo Business Climate Index for German trade and industry fell to 107.4 points in June from 108.5 points last month......

 

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