WEEKLY COMMENT

A weekly email newsletter from our Chief Investment Strategist, Alan McIntosh, and Head of Fixed Interest Research, Richard Carter, with their take on the last week.

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Richard Carter
Head of Fixed Interest Research
Alan McIntosh
Chief Investment Strategist
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Global equity markets had a significantly positive start to 2021, including the US which stole the headlines given the Democrats’ win of the two available Senate seats and the dramatic events that followed.
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Last year closed with good news and bad news. The positives were a trade deal between the UK and EU, thus avoiding automatic tariffs on a wide range of goods, as well as the signing of a new coronavirus relief package in the US, providing ongoing financial assistance to households and small businesses.
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Global equity markets were mostly up last week, with the US posting another series of all-time highs on Thursday. Optimism about vaccine rollout and signs that the long-awaited US stimulus package was about to be signed off contributed to the positive tone.
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Having been led to believe that Sunday was the deadline for talks between the UK and EU to either agree or disagree the terms of a Brexit trade deal, we now find that the deadline was merely to decide whether to continue talking or not.
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