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The return of the Brexit saga

The return of the Brexit saga

🕔07:43, 23.Sep 2020

Like a long-running TV series, the latest season of the Brexit saga brings new drama and tension. Like all good drama, there are twists and turns in the plot, unclear motivations of key characters, complexity and new set-piece showdowns. Last

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Weekly Market Recap

Weekly Market Recap

🕔11:24, 4.Aug 2020

Summary for the week ending on Friday, 30 July  Last week’s corporate earnings reports demonstrated that some major companies are benefiting from the pandemic’s impact on consumer patterns. This was on clear display Thursday evening, when Facebook, Amazon.com, Apple and

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Finding certainty in uncertain times

Finding certainty in uncertain times

🕔15:24, 17.Jul 2020

LCP pensions de-risking report: Buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity swaps 2019 was a remarkable year with buy-in and buy-out volumes in the UK hitting a record £43.8bn. This followed on the heels of 2018 which itself was an exceptional year reaching

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Bank dividend bans: Three market implications

Bank dividend bans: Three market implications

🕔15:03, 17.Jul 2020

Regulators in the UK and Europe have introduced a de-facto ban on bank dividends. The rationale for this is that banks provide a critical part of the monetary transmission mechanism. Regulators want to ensure that banks don’t compromise their ability

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Socially (Un) Acceptable

Socially (Un) Acceptable

🕔15:04, 14.Jul 2020

Global Matters Weekly  You tend not to hear too much from the city of Leicester here in the UK but it has played host to a number of historical events over the years and I’m proud to say I lived

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Brexit moving back onto the agenda

Brexit moving back onto the agenda

🕔15:09, 29.Jun 2020

Research Blast  It feels like a different era whereby every conversation around the UK commercial real estate market evolved around the topic of Brexit. Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe, the issue was hardly mentioned. But as transactions in

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Weekly Market Recap

Weekly Market Recap

🕔07:53, 24.Jun 2020

Stocks had a poor start to last week, as concerns over the worsening of the pandemic in several states as well as a new outbreak in Beijing seemed to continue weighing on sentiment. The market then rebounded late Monday following

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Economic and Political Backdrop

Economic and Political Backdrop

🕔10:11, 26.May 2020

Weekly Market Recap Stocks started last week strong, helped by news of encouraging early test results for a possible coronavirus vaccine. Moderna Therapeutics announced that its …

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Economic and Political Backdrop

Economic and Political Backdrop

🕔16:48, 19.May 2020

Weekly Market Recap Stocks recorded their worst day of last week on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 touching its lowest level in three weeks. Many attributed the sell-off to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in which he

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Big Figures Looking Smaller

Big Figures Looking Smaller

🕔13:13, 19.May 2020

The ECB has to deal with a nasty form of circularity: doubts on its capacity to break its self-imposed limits – further fueled by the recent decision of the German Constitutional Court – trigger bond offloading in some of  …

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Steering clear of losses

Steering clear of losses

🕔12:13, 19.May 2020

Global Matters Weekly Financial losses come in many shapes and forms and investors rightly spend a considerable amount of time worrying about them but managing loss aversion poorly can make the longterm outcome even worse. It is important to pick

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On

🕔08:04, 14.May 2020

Insights – Global Macro Trends Every crisis has its human element, and how everyone responds to the problem at hand is usually what is most remembered. In 1939, on the verge of World War II, for example, the British government

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A new age for UK equities

A new age for UK equities

🕔12:10, 24.Apr 2020

We are living in extraordinary times. Alex Wright, portfolio manager of the Fidelity Special Situations Fund and Fidelity Special Values PLC discusses his new view on the world, through his old contrarian lens. He explains some of the changes he

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UK, a coordinated policy response

UK, a coordinated policy response

🕔12:36, 12.Mar 2020

Bank of England cuts rates at emergency meeting… Amid increasing challenges to the UK growth outlook and financial market turmoil on the back of the global COVID-19 outbreak, early on 11 March the Bank of England (BoE) announced an emergency

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UK Retirement Landscape 2020

UK Retirement Landscape 2020

🕔11:45, 17.Feb 2020

Investment Insights  In brief The UK retirement industry is on course for meaningful changes in 2020. We observe the following forces as continuing to shape it: ■ Low bond yields and a lower-returning investment environment ■ The continued rise in

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Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd!

Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd!

🕔14:28, 13.Feb 2020

2020 is begonnen met de ondertekening van een gedeeltelijk handelsakkoord door de VS en China. Wat een verschil in een jaar tijd! De handelsoorlog die heel 2019 heeft gewoed, de aandelen uit de groeilanden naar beneden heeft getrokken en de

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Goodbye to the United Kingdom

Goodbye to the United Kingdom

🕔16:30, 3.Feb 2020

Chart of the Week Starting tomorrow, February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) will no longer be a member of the European Union (EU). More than 40 years after joining, majority of UK voters have decided that their countries' future

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Why add to (UK) equities?

Why add to (UK) equities?

🕔10:48, 31.Jan 2020

Asset Allocation update What a difference a year makes. After a bruising 2018, last year allowed investors to capture the second-best return on a blend of global equities and long-dated bonds in 30 years. For stocks it was also a year of

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A roadmap to navigate political tensions

A roadmap to navigate political tensions

🕔13:00, 20.Jan 2020

Key Messages 1. Lessons from the US-Iran conflict. Last week, Iran executed its announced retaliation, firing missiles against US military bases in Iraq. Oil prices jumped 5% and S&P 500 futures pointed to a 1.7% lower start to the day

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UK general elections

UK general elections

🕔09:47, 18.Dec 2019

Yesterday’s results imply Mr. Johnson will ‘get Brexit done’. However, his plan to get a trade agreement done by the end of 2020 is likely to hit some snags. Indeed, the hard work begins now, and even a bare-bones agreement

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Johnson wins UK General Election – Brexit and the cost of election promises

Johnson wins UK General Election – Brexit and the cost of election promises

🕔16:59, 17.Dec 2019

The Conservative Party under Boris Johnson secured a much bigger win in the election than polls had suggested. At the time of writing (1 seat outstanding), the Conservative looked on track to secure 365 seats and a majority of 80. This

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The people have spoken, so what next for UK markets?

The people have spoken, so what next for UK markets?

🕔14:48, 17.Dec 2019

The near-term impact of the election result has been positive for markets, but what are the longer-term implications for the UK as a destination of global capital? Fidelity Global Special Situations Fund Manager Jeremy Podger gives his view on the

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The land that time forgot

The land that time forgot

🕔07:39, 11.Dec 2019

Since the 2016 EU referendum, the UK equity market has felt like the land that time forgot. Greater clarity over Brexit and UK politics should not only spur an immediate stock market rally but also encourage a longer-lasting reappraisal of UK-listed companies.

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When political risk crosses the Atlantic

When political risk crosses the Atlantic

🕔12:54, 10.Dec 2019

Global investment views At the beginning of 2019, all eyes were focused on Europe, not only because of the risk of a Hard Brexit, but also because of the open crisis between the Italian government and the European Commission. The situation

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Compass Autumn 2019

Compass Autumn 2019

🕔13:42, 7.Dec 2019

Compass In this quarter’s publication, we focus on Europe – in particular to see if it is still an attractive place to invest despite the apparent headwinds. Europe can often appear a somewhat unwitting victim of events outside of its

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