Archive for Author: andrewhipshon

Markets last week

With over 720,000 cases and 33,000 deaths, three billion people are now having containment restrictions placed on them due to the COVID-19 virus. Markets have enjoyed a brief but sharp rally, characterised by repurchasing the shares that had gone down the most because they were considered of poor quality....

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Markets last week 16/03/2020

Last week was the worst week for equities since the 2008 financial crisis. Thursday was the worst day for equities since the October 1987 crash. Energy and financials led the plunge, but nothing was spared. Even defensive government bonds and gold saw a correction last week. The recovery on Friday was quite violent but mostly helped US equities, not other markets.

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Markets last week 9/3/2020

A second week of amazing volatility in world markets, as investors try and incorporate the news flow on COVID-19 into their spreadsheets. The US Federal Reserve (Fed) delivered an emergency interest rate cut on Wednesday, which did not calm markets down and instead fielded the expectation of yet more...

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Markets last week 4/03/20

Equities had the worst week since the 2008-2009 financial crisis and fell into a more than 10% correction at the fastest rate in a long time. Most shares were sold indiscriminately on COVID-19 spread fears. During the week, the virus was seen to spread to many more countries (now...

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Gold, what is it good for?

Well, that would depend who you ask. Some people will tell you that gold was, is and always will be the greatest investment of all time. It generally holds its value, has been around for millennia and is scarce. However, the companies selling gold will gladly take your cash...

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Markets last week 24/02/2020

Equity markets were mostly weaker last week, as fears increased that the covid-19 virus was developing into a global pandemic. Hundreds of cases were reported in South Korea, centered around a Christian sect; in Iran, the high number of deaths relative to reported cases likely indicates that perhaps thousands...

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Markets last week 17/02/2020

Equity markets consolidated over the last week, following a powerful rally. The sharp increase in reported COVID-19 cases (the formal name ascribed to the coronavirus) was taken in its stride, since this was deemed to be based on a wider definition of clinical symptoms, rather than a more sinister...

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