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Close look - December 2020

Article | Investments | 08/01/2021

The titans of the US tech sector, household names such as Facebook, Amazon and Google, have been described as ‘too big to care’.

Monthly review - December 2020

Article | Investments | 08/01/2021

Four years after the Brexit referendum, following months of intensive talks, a trade deal has finally been struck. We also look at the price of carbon hit an all-time high. Or rather the price of the credits for the release of a tonne of carbon, which change hands on the EU’s Emissions Trading System. 

Reflation trade - What's the big story?

Close look

In the final months before the US presidential elections, as Joe Biden’s lead in the polls proved unshakeable, financial markets became convinced of his eventual victory

The monthly review- November's top stories

Positive news emerged from a trio of Covid-19 vaccine trials. Separate vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca were shown to be up to 95% effective.

US election - The results are in

Article | Investments | 10/11/2020

After many eventful months of campaigning, the US presidential race came to a climax on 3 November as the American public visited the polls to cast their votes.

Reserve currencies - What's the big story?

Close look

The US dollar, known the world over as the greenback, has long enjoyed its place as the global reserve currency. 

The monthly review: October's top stories

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) recommended that developed economy governments should spend their way out of the global pandemic recession. 

Fed signalling - What's the big story?

Close look

There is an old market saying: Don’t fight the Fed. The US Federal Reserve, popularly known as the Fed, is the world’s biggest central bank.

The monthly review: September's top stories

A glance at share prices since March would reveal that e-commerce giants have been a major beneficiary of lockdowns.

Internet or ‘splinternet’: What's the big story?

Close look

President Trump has banned Chinese firms TikTok and WeChat from the US, claiming they represent a threat to economic and national security.

The monthly review: August's top stories

Joe Biden was confirmed as the Democratic Party nominee to run against Donald Trump in November’s election.  If he were to win, by the time of his inauguration he would be the oldest president in US history. 

Does investing sustainably mean sacrificing...

In the past, there has been a common perception that investing sustainably, or in other words, investing in companies contributing to a sustainable future means sacrificing returns. 

The monthly review: July's top stories

Tesla became the world’s biggest car manufacturer by value, taking pole position from Toyota. Despite the fact that Tesla produced only 360,000 vehicles last year, compared to almost 9 million for the Japanese giant. 

Pandemic as a catalyst for change?

Close look

Covid-19 looks set to leave a trail of economic damage that will outlive the spread of the virus. Government and central bank stimulus on a huge scale has led to a dramatic rise in debt levels. Taxes look set to rise to pay off this debt. 

The monthly review: June's top stories

Lockdowns have been lifted, bringing early signs of recovery. Retail sales have rebounded in many parts of the globe, with a jump of almost 18% in the US. 

Green bonds - What's the big story?

Close look

It’s an asset class that might seem a bit marginal and more than a little mysterious. But since the first AAA-rated ‘green bond’ was launched by the World Bank in 2007, the market has grown enormously. 

Global supply chains - What's the big story?

Close look

As economies, battered by the Covid-19 pandemic, dust themselves down and prepare to start again, we hear a good deal about disruption to global supply chains.

The monthly review: May's top stories

Markets rebounded sharply after the tumbles of March, hoping for a V-shaped economic recovery. Confidence has faltered somewhat in recent weeks and momentum has slowed. 

The monthly review: April's top stories

The Covid-19 crisis has brought rare examples of good news as well as bad. While the IMF (International Monetary Fund) made savage cuts to estimates for global growth, they also forgave debts of $214 billion owed by the world’s poorest countries. 

Home working - What's the big story?

Close look

Restrictions on the Chinese city of Wuhan were lifted, but entire countries across the globe remain in lockdown. 

 

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