Risk factors to watch out for in 2015: UK Investors

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 Risk factors to watch out for in 2015: UK Investors

Overview:

While there are many reasons for why UK investors could be forgiven for thinking that 2015 could be a good year for portfolio returns, we caution that there are a number of risk factors that will require careful assessment ahead of, and throughout the year.

Below we detail some of the most prominent risks which we believe UK investors will face throughout the year.

By |2020-09-09T09:42:53+05:30Saturday, December 20, 2014|Categories: China, Crude Oil, Europe, Gold, Japan, Macro Timeline, Stock Reports, United Kingdom, USA|0 Comments

Abe claims landslide victory at elections amidst a disappointing overall turnout; “a contest of one”

Japanese Economic Update – 16 December 2014

Abe claims landslide victory at elections amidst a disappointing overall turnout; “a contest of one”

Shinzo Abe claimed a landslide victory at Japanese elections on Sunday night as the nation voted for a further continuation of the status quo.

In detail, the Prime Minister faced little opposition in his campaign to seek re-approval for his Three Arrows program (Abenomics), although voter turnout was disappointingly low according to local observers.

Nevertheless, the victory brings to a head a short-lived period of uncertainty, […]

By |2020-09-09T09:42:54+05:30Tuesday, December 16, 2014|Categories: Japan, Macros|0 Comments

Japanese economic contraction deeper than anticipated; data revised to the downside

Japanese Economic Update – 09 December 2014

Japanese economic contraction deeper than anticipated; data revised to the downside

After a positive finish to last week, Japanese equity markets came under pressure at the open on Monday as Final GDP figures were released for the previous quarter.

Here, the recent data highlighted a deeper than expected contraction in the economy during the period, with actual GDP coming in at -0.5% QonQ and -1.9% on an annualised basis.  

The revised data darkens the immediate economic outlook for a nation that is […]

By |2020-09-09T09:42:56+05:30Tuesday, December 9, 2014|Categories: Japan, Macros|0 Comments

Japanese credit rating cut as doubts mount over fiscal reform plans in wake of tax hike delay

Japanese Economic Update – 01 December 2014

Japanese credit rating cut as doubts mount over fiscal reform plans in wake of tax hike delay

Japanese equities continued to rally last week and at the open on Sunday night even in the face of a cut to the nation’s sovereign credit rating by Moody’s Investors Services. The gains for the index came as a by-product of the potential for a sell off in the JGB market as well as further yen weakness.

In its announcement the ratings agency cited elevated concerns over […]

By |2020-09-09T09:42:59+05:30Tuesday, December 2, 2014|Categories: Japan, Macros|0 Comments

Shinzo Abe defers sales tax increase, dissolves parliament and calls for snap elections

Japanese Economic Update – 24 November 2014

Shinzo Abe defers sales tax increase, dissolves parliament and calls for snap elections

Just days after the Japanese economy was revealed to have slipped back into recession during the previous quarter, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the second sales tax hike scheduled for October 2015 would be deferred until 2017, before sparking another round of elections with an order that parliament be dissolved.

It is believed that the Prime Minister has deferred the increase in sales taxes from 8% to 10% until 2107 in […]

By |2020-09-09T09:43:04+05:30Monday, November 24, 2014|Categories: Japan, Macros|0 Comments

Japan slips into recession in the Q3; pressure upon Shinzo Abe increases as GDP figures prove a game changer for the Japan play

Japanese Economic Update – 17 November 2014

Japan slips into recession in the Q3; pressure upon Shinzo Abe increases as GDP figures prove a game changer for the Japan play

Global equity markets fell at the open on Monday, with the NIKKEI sustaining the heaviest losses, when Japanese GDP data showed the economy slipping into recession during the third quarter.

In detail, the Japanese economy shrank by -0.4% on a quarter on quarter basis and -1.6% on an annualised basis.

The surprise contraction follows six months of weak […]

By |2020-09-09T09:43:12+05:30Monday, November 17, 2014|Categories: Japan, Macros|0 Comments
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