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 March 2020

Global Market Overview After initially shrugging off concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), investors started to respond negatively to news that the outbreak was spreading beyond China. Sharp falls in the last week of February resulted in a negative month across global equity indices. A stronger yen and dollar, both traditionally viewed as safe haven currencies, pared back losses for sterli...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for February 2020

Global Market Overview After a strong end to last year, January saw a reversal in risk appetite with the news of an escalation in tension between the US and Iran and then latterly a novel strain of a flu-like virus rapidly taking hold in China and at the time of writing responsible for over 1000 deaths. With China as the epicentre of the outbreak it is not surprising that Asia and Emerging Mar...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for December 2019

Global Market Overview Global equity markets continued to move higher in November. Trade negotiations between the US and China seem to have been constructive with no further escalation in tariffs.  Developed market equities outperformed emerging market equities with the S&P 500 achieving the highest return. The best performing sub-market was the FTSE 250 which outperformed the FTSE 100 as ...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for September 2019

Global Market Overview Tit for tat trade proclamations between the US and China in August and increasing concerns about growth caused a widespread sell-off in global equities as investors sought the relative safety of government bonds. The MSCI World index declined by 1.51%. Japan proved the most resilient of the major markets in sterling terms with the TSE TOPIX index falling 0.62% after th...
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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 June 2017

Global Market Overview Hopes of a trade deal between the US and China evaporated in May when the US raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. China retaliated by increasing the tariffs on $60 billion of imports from the US from a range of 5-10% to 5-25%. As a result, global markets, which rose for the first four months of the year, suffered a setback. The MSCI W...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for May

Global Market Overview After a strong first quarter, global equities, across the board, rose again in April, boosted by more positive economic data, some better than expected corporate results and the ongoing support of central banks which remained in accommodative mode. The MSCI World index advanced 3.50%. The FTSE World Europe ex UK index rose 4.03%, closely followed by the S&P 500 inde...
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RiverPeak Wealth Monthly Update for April 2019

Global Market Overview Global equities advanced for a third consecutive month, rounding off a quarter which saw portfolio valuations rebound after a torrid end to 2018. Tensions between the US and China continued to ease and central banks retained an accommodative stance with regard to interest rates, setting the stage for a continuation of the benign environment beloved by market participant...
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