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Russia Steps Up Pressure On Ukraine

Market Update to 4th March 2022. This week the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia unsurprisingly dominates. Optimism caused by the initial failure to capture the capital, Kyiv, quickly has given way to the fear that Russia will, but slowly, and, meanwhile, there’s an ongoing destruction of cities with artillery,

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The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Market Update 25th February 2022 This week Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to declare a full-scale military assault on the Ukraine, although his decision to do so was quite evidently made some time ago. The ending of the large-scale monetary stimulus that had been introduced to ease the economic impact

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Will He or Wont He?

Weekly Update 21 February 2022 This week has been another volatile week for global markets as the stand-off between Russia and Ukraine and its western allies continues. There is much speculation about whether Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will order an invasion of the Ukraine or whether this is just grandstanding

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Inflation Continues To Put Pressure On Interest Rates

Market Update 11th February 2022 This week the inflation melodrama continued, with US inflation numbers reaching record levels. This set off another round of speculation over interest rates with talk of an emergency rate hike being needed over the weekend. That wild over-reaction has died down, but even some cooler

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Last Week Was Another Difficult Week For Markets.

Market Update 28 January 2022 This week our attention turns to the tension along the border of Russia and Ukraine. This doesn’t strictly count as news – the build-up of Russian forces has been going on for many months and is a continuation of the aggression started with the annexing

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Inflation and Fed Response Drive Market Volatility

Market Update 21st January 2022 This week was another tough one as stocks continued to sell-off. The reason is the same as last week; inflation keeps rising, so expectations of how aggressively central banks will hike interest rates is a concern and are now extremely high. In the US, the

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Calm Returns But Tech Stocks Under Pressure

Market Update 14th January 2022 This week saw some calm restored to markets after a rocky start to the year. The shock announcement that the US Federal Reserve may accelerate tapering its balance sheet, sucking out some of the money it has pumped in over recent years, has worn off

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2022 Gets Off To A Bumpy Start

Market Update 07 January 2022 Welcome back to the first of this year’s market updates from Private Office Asset Management. This week there was no gentle easing back into the swing of things for markets which kicked the new year off with big falls in both equities and non-inflation-linked bonds.

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Omicron Didn’t Stop Markets Ending The Year High

Market Update 24th December 2021. This week the Omicron variant of Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly but it’s just like getting the common cold in most people and the vaccine, including booster jabs, mean very few people are suffering severe symptoms. It is widely accepted  that the symptoms of the

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