RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for August 2021

Global Market Overview – August 2021 August has been a quiet, but good, month for markets, and 2021 continues to be a bumper year. Although the delta variant put some question marks over our social lives, markets aren’t really worried about it. As we’ve said before, all-time highs shouldn’t usually be a cause for celebration as markets should go up. However, this year, the S&P has already h...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for July 2021

Global Market Overview – July 2021  July was a reminder that there are still a lot of unsettled issues which the financial world is trying to price. Fears and freedom are increasing together. Different variants of COVID-19 are still very much a problem – especially for countries with low numbers of vaccinations. At the same time, lots of countries are still trying to open up, and return to a mo...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for May 2021

Global Market Overview – May 2021 The media found a new worry in May as the Indian variant took over newspapers. With all headlines, especially COVID-related ones, it’s important to remember that the goal of a journalist isn’t always to produce useful and informative news; it might be to write something that will sell. We can’t be sure that new COVID variants won’t jeopardise lifting of UK rest...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for April 2021

Global Market Overview – April 2021 During the first month of Q2, headlines have been a complete mix of good, bad, and hysterical. The increase in COVID deaths and cases through the developing world have been tragic. And unfortunately, it’s more than likely that the numbers in places such as India will get worse before they get better. At the end of April, India recorded over 360,000 confirmed ...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for January 2021

Global Market Overview – January 2021  2021 kicked off with yet another historic moment. Mobs of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol after the then president demanded support for the claim that he, not Biden, was the real election victor. Despite this attempt to overthrow democracy, the US congress confirmed Biden as president of America. Putting Trump in the rear view mirror might now be m...
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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Final 2020 Update Shortly after our last update, following a lacklustre period for share prices, it was announced on 6th November that Pfizer BioNTech’s vaccine was over 90% effective, prompting a rally in global equity markets.  This was led by the UK which rose 14.34% from 3rd November to 17th December outperforming the MSCI World index which rose 9.74%. (Source: FE Ana...
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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 30th October 2020 Since our last update, the weather has turned distinctly autumnal, the clocks have gone back and a so-called “second wave” of virus infections appears to be taking hold across Europe. The UK is grappling with a multi-tiered system of coronavirus restrictions whilst France has just announced a second national lockdown.  Meanwhile, across the pond...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for September 2020

Global Market Overview – September 2020 In September our optimistic view on the outlook for risky assets was challenged almost immediately by the political and media narrative of a second wave of COVID-19. As schools reopened and the weather turned colder, the UK started to see a rise in positive tests. Local lockdowns began to occur throughout the country. The (understandable) negative soci...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for August 2020

Global Market Overview – August 2020 There is a sense that the world is returning to normal. Many people have taken full advantage of the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, which has ensured a return of atmosphere to pubs, cafes and restaurants. We have started to see this recovery come through in recent economic data. Notably, manufacturing and nonmanufacturing data across the US, UK, Europe and...
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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 14th September 2020 It has been seven weeks since our last coronavirus update and, in some areas,, there has been lots of change and in others, very little.  It has been hard to keep track of which countries are on or off the UK quarantine list but, whether or not they managed to squeeze in a foreign holiday, some semblance of normality has resumed for most famil...
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