Equities rallied sharply as a $2 trillion US stimulus package restored some confidence to markets. High yield bonds had a better week and Ford became the latest ‘Fallen Angel’ to be downgraded from investment grade status. We consider the diverging performance between oil and gold, before looking ahead to US employment figures at the end of this week.
The discussion today focuses on recent volatility in financial markets and the steps taken to restore market confidence. We then outline Architas’ investment response and highlight the importance of staying invested through these periods of market turbulence.
Massive stimulus measures from governments and central banks caused markets to whipsaw in the face of crumbling forecasts. Commodities markets, such as oil and gold, were hard hit by selling. We reiterate our investment response in the face of these moves.
Central banks and governments have taken unprecedented steps to support economies hit by the spread of coronavirus. We discuss the scale of these moves and consider what it might take to restore confidence and to calm financial markets.
Discussion focused on another surprise rate cut from the US Federal Reserve and its immediate impact on equities, bonds, gold and oil. Our Deputy Chief Investment Officer looks at continuing government and central bank responses to the coronavirus outbreak and assesses the prospects going forward.
It is known as an ‘exogenous shock’, an event not predicted by forecasting models which has far-reaching effects. Just like dropping a pebble in a pond, the initial impact can be small but the ripples spread wide.
The spread of coronavirus has created a spike in volatility, with most major stock markets posting big losses at the end of February. Despite this, at Architas we believe investors should not panic. Here we explain why.
The coronavirus shock brought sharp corrections to equity markets, while US government bond markets jumped in hopes of an interest rate cut later this month. We consider encouraging data from China as well as oil production cuts at the OPEC meeting this week.
Our panel of investment experts discusses the sharp market reactions to the spread of the virus. Equity market nervousness has been met by increased interest in safe havens. We comment on our recent tactical asset allocation adjustment and what it would take for the markets to regain confidence.
The race for the US presidency is gaining attention across the globe. After all, the President of the United States has the power to influence stock markets, trade and politics on an international scale. Here we give you a roundup of what to expect in the run-up to the election and how this could affect your clients’ investments.
As the spread of the coronavirus reverberated around the world, our expert panel look at the impact on US PMI data, Apple’s warning of a hit to turnover for this quarter and the supportive response from the People’s Bank of China. The price of gold has responded well to turmoil elsewhere in the markets.
January was dominated by external shocks that investors would have struggled to foresee. These included military aggression between the US and Iran, and the emergence of the Covid-19 coronavirus in China’s Wuhan province.
Public imagination and financial markets have both been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak that has emerged from Wuhan in China. Indeed the Shanghai stock index fell around 9% on 3 February, the first day of trading following the long market closure for the Lunar New Year.
The standout events last week was the continuing spread of the coronavirus. Our expert panel discuss how the US market looked past the impact of coronavirus and responded positively to good earnings figures and economic data.
30 January 2020: Matthieu André has today been appointed as CEO of Architas. Matthieu replaces Hans Georgeson who after 10 years with Architas has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the AXA Group.
Our expert panel focus on how US markets made fresh highs led by the Tech sector, but are facing the imminent start of the reporting season.This week should finally see the signing of the phase one trade deal between the US and China.
We review a strong end of the year for risk assets, boosted by the phase one US/China trade deal and further monetary stimulus from China. With geopolitical tensions potentially rising, we conclude with thoughts for the markets in 2020.
A landslide victory for Boris Johnson’s Conservative party has provoked a positive response from sterling and many UK asset classes. We look at these initial reactions and consider broader implications for asset allocation in 2020.
A Conservative win was always likely to be the most market-friendly outcome. We anticipate this will provide positive sentiment for UK shares (equities), but it will also be positive for sterling, which might undermine the sentiment boost, as FTSE heavyweights earn a significant portion of their revenues overseas.
In these turbulent times, which regions are set for stormy economic weather and which will enjoy a calm and sunny outlook? Watch as our senior investment manager, Nathan Sweeney, takes you through the economic weather.
This month, we’ve moved from a moderate underweight to a neutral position in equities. In fixed income, we have increased our US duration from a neutral position to a moderate overweight position and reduced high yield from moderate overweight to neutral.
Concerns over global growth appeared to lessen with the release of some positive economic data in October. However, risks still remain – elections, trade tariffs and geopolitical tensions to name but a few.
Delays to signing phase one of the US/China trade deal have had differing impacts on sentiment in Europe and the emerging markets. We also discuss the possible repercussions of elections in Hong Kong over the weekend.
A strong week for US equities did not carry over into global markets, in this week's podcast our expert panel look at headwinds in Asia and Europe and examine why high yield bond markets have lagged the recent equity rally.
With US markets hitting all-time highs, in this week's podcast our expert panel look at company earnings forecasts. A trade truce could bring better economic growth prospects- good for equity markets, perhaps not so good for government bond markets.
The Autumn edition of The View provides a step-by-step guide to how Architas Funds have performed recently, how the political and economic environment has driven financial markets, and what this means for your investments.
Our expert panel discuss last week's US Federal Reserve interest rates cut, and the suggested pause before any further cuts. We look at the improving prospects for US growth and the implications for Emerging Markets, before turning to sterling in the light of Brexit and General Election developments.