Investment Updates

Oil industry (www.istockphoto.com)

The supply of oil continues to outstrip demand as production in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Russia remains at exceptionally high levels.  On Friday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that global stockpiles have risen to almost three billion barrels, a record level. ...Read more

November 2015

12 months ago the growth forecast for the current US earnings season stood at 10.0%.  After a disappointing Q1 this year, analysts slashed their earnings expectations to brace the markets for an actual decline.Read more

istock.com

During the summer, a series of events in China led some investors to fear a hard economic landing.Read more

Person with signpost of recession (istockphoto.com)

Last month, UK inflation slipped into deflationary territory at -0.1% on a year-over-year basis. This is the second time in 12 months the UK has entered into deflation, as measured by the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The impact of the decline in the oil price, cuts to supermarket...Read more

October 2015
Bulls Eye

Last week could have been dubbed ‘central bank week’ as the Bank of Japan, Bank of England, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Federal Reserve (Fed) all provided insights into their monetary policy decisions.  Actions by the central banks remain the focus as markets look for guidance on the...Read more