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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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for July 2020

Global Market Overview – June 2020 In June we saw the government in England relax restrictions by allowing shops to re-open and the easing of the 2-metre rule. This is a key development for the economy as it allows businesses to start plotting a path back to normal. Of course, different policy speeds in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland muddy the picture somewhat for the entire UK, but almos...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for June 2020

Global Market Overview Global equities continued to advance in May as investors responded to the resumption of economic activity with an increasing number of countries starting to ease lockdown measures.  The announcement of further economic stimuli also provided a boost to risk appetite. The MSCI World generated a return of 6.95% in sterling terms.  Sterling weakened versus the dollar and ...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for May 2020

Global Market Overview The recovery which began towards the end of March extended into April with global markets posting positive returns across the board. The MSCI World index generated a return of 9.04% over the month.  The S&P 500 was the best performing market with a return of 10.87%. Following March’s rout, the FTSE 250 also rebounded in April, returning 9.71% and outperforming the...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for April 2020

Global Market Overview The sharp sell-off that began towards the end of February accelerated into March, as investors dramatically moved to ‘price in’ the increasing inevitability of a deep recession caused by the attempts of governments around the world to reduce the number of deaths from COVID-19. Volatility was exceptionally high and automatic circuit breakers in the US meant that the stock...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for October 2019

Global Market Overview Following a negative month in August when global trade concerns dominated investors’ thoughts, September saw a slightly more positive stance take hold with the MSCI World index advancing 0.93% in sterling terms. However there was a marked change in regional leadership in September with both Japan and the UK outperforming the world index. The FTSE All Share index generat...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for July 2019

Global Market Overview Following last month’s setback, central banks, in June, once again intervened to bolster market confidence with the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank both indicating that they were ready to provide the necessary monetary stimulus to shore up faltering economies. “Don’t fight the Fed” is a phrase we have used on more than one occasion and market participants ...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for March 2019

Global Market Overview The appetite for riskier assets was evident again in February as investors focused on the easing tensions between the US and China. Advances in global equity indices were not quite as strong as they had been in January, but every region recorded a positive result in local currency terms. Strength in sterling meant that returns from Japanese and Emerging Market indices ...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for February 2019

Global Market Overview The start to 2019 has been much more positive for investors than the end of 2018. Global equities made good gains in January, recovering some of the ground lost in the fourth quarter of last year. The key reason for this seems to have been a reversal in the US Federal Reserve’s policy towards interest rates, with an indication that any further increases would depend on...
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