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For all the latest news and market commentary from Guardian Wealth Management.

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Aug 19, 2016, 12:23 PM
During a very quiet week, equity markets initially continued their climb as weak inflation and retail sales data out of the US released last Friday reduced market expectations for a September US interest rate rise. All three US indices hit record highs by the close on Monday, with the S&P 500 returning 8.6% for the year to date.
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Aug 12, 2016, 12:23 PM
Global markets recorded a week of strong gains driven largely by positive data out of the U.S. Better than expected U.S. labour market data last Friday and strong earnings from major US department stores on Thursday buoyed investor sentiment and underlines the view that the US economy retains resilience. As a result, all three major U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Thursday for the first time since 1999 with the S&P 500 ending the week up 0.1%, experiencing only a brief stutter on Wednesday when productivity data released out of the U.S. was somewhat anaemic.
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Aug 8, 2016, 12:23 PM
Markets started the week off cautiously as mixed global manufacturing data, weakening oil prices and uncertainty over central bank policy following investors heightened expectations having been dashed by the relative inaction of the Bank of Japan the week before.
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Aug 5, 2016, 3:58 PM
The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has voted to cut interest rates to 0.25% and introduced a package of commitments to stimulate the UK economy post-Brexit vote after data raised concerns that Britain is heading for recession.
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Aug 1, 2016, 9:41 AM
Global markets recorded another week of modest gains in a week dominated by risk events in the form of policy announcements by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Monetary Policy Committee.
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Jul 22, 2016, 3:47 PM
The global markets recorded modest gains at the start of the new week with the impact of Turkey’s failed coup attempt last Friday seeming to have limited impact; global stocks hit 2016 highs as geopolitical angst was seen as encouraging central banks to continue their ultra-accommodative monetary policies while equity bulls are energised by earnings reports and news of a mammoth bid for ARM Holdings by giant Japanese corporation SoftBank. Emerging market stocks looked poised for their best month since March and favourable results from the likes of Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Abbot Laboratories aided the S&P 500 and Nasdaq in advancing.
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Jul 15, 2016, 3:47 PM
This week has seen an across the board ‘risk on’ rally as equity markets globally have risen, although there has been some softening in the UK and European markets this morning following the horrific events in Nice last night. The increased level of volatility that has followed the UK’s Brexit vote translated into large price movements in a number of assets classes, with many being the largest movements for many months or even years.
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Jul 8, 2016, 3:47 PM
The impact of Brexit continues to dominate markets this week, with prices recalibrating as the impact on the global economy is reassessed. For the moment, markets are inclined to believe that the Brexit vote will impact the UK predominantly, with some negative consequences for Europe. The further you are away from the epicentre, the less the impact is perceived to be, with global growth now expected to be only mildly impacted
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Jul 1, 2016, 3:47 PM
All eyes have been focused on the aftermath of the UK’s Brexit vote this week as investors have scrambled to try and understand the potential implications for the global economy. We commented in last week’s note how the week had been broken into 2 parts: the 4 days running up to the referendum and the 1 day after it. Somewhat surprisingly given the result, this week has proven to be the mirror opposite.
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Jun 24, 2016, 3:47 PM
The week to date as at 12 p.m. (GMT). Brexit: the decision The week has been very clearly split into 2 parts: the 4 days leading up to the announcement of the result of the UK’s referendum on EU membership and today, which is turning out to be ‘the morning after the night before’ for many investors.
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Jun 24, 2016, 3:47 PM
They say a week is a long time in politics, over the past seven days an hour has felt like a week and some days have seen more activity than an entire political term. So now the dust has settled after last week’s Brexit result and the markets are starting to show signs of recovery, we thought it was worthwhile recapping how the outcome has affected the political landscape in the UK and beyond.
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Jun 17, 2016, 5:25 PM
It has been a busy week for markets and, whilst the issues driving them are the same ones that we have noted in recent weeks, some market movements have been sizeable. However, the shocking and tragic events in Birstall yesterday have put everything into stark perspective and are a reminder that there are more important issues in life than asset prices and currency movements.
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