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Short duration: Preparing for volatility

Volatility looks here to stay

2016 began as we expected it to go on, with consistently higher market volatility. The outcome from the UK's EU referendum has resulted in a severe impact on financial markets and sterling in the near term, as well as an uncertain outlook for both economies, while former UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation has driven up political uncertainty.

The divergence in global central bank policies, and the lack of certainty around policy tightening, also continue to be some of the main drivers of volatility. Meanwhile, the rebalancing of China’s economy towards a consumer-led growth model is likely to continue to contribute to its slowdown…

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City pushes for Swiss-style EU trade deal

City of London officials are lobbying for a unique trade deal with Europe that will build on the model Switzerland has with the EU. According to the Financial Times, lawyers and bank bosses have been working on a plan to present to the Cabinet committee for Brexit, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, in early […]

Ex-Investment Association chief urges return to fund manager code

Former Investment Association chief executive Daniel Godfrey has urged his successor Chris Cummings to reinstate a deadline for the trade body’s Statement of Principles code. Announced in April 2015, when Godfrey was still at the helm of the Investment Association, the code aimed to educate investment managers on their responsibilities towards clients. Godfrey was subsequently ousted […]


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