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William John Market Report 18-06-21

18 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

The Federal Reserve has amended its projections for its first Federal Funds rate adjustment in a post-pandemic era.  Current rates, between 0 and 0.25%, were expected to hold until at least 2024 as the U.S. economy recovers from its worst recession since the Financial Crisis. However,...

William John Market Report 11-06-21

11 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

All eyes are on the U.S. inflation data that was released yesterday. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 5.0% in May, year on year. This was the largest 12 month increase in the CPI since August 2008....

William John Market Report 10-06-21

10 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

In Europe, the European Commission is preparing to launch its biggest ever borrowing programme to help finance the European Union’s “NextGenerationEU” recovery plan from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Commission is looking to raise up to €800 billion by 2026 using a variety of...

William John Market Report 09-06-21

09 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

Are Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) the future for the transition from private to public?  SPACs fall under the umbrella term of “blank check” companies. A blank check company is a public company that uses the capital raised from its own initial public offering (IPO) to...

William John Market Report 05-06-21

04 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

Despite a rapid surge in house prices across the U.K., fuelled primarily by a stamp duty tax holiday and a pandemic-induced shift in housing preferences, U.K. mortgage lending has fallen below the £5.7 billion monthly average borrowed in the six months to February 2021 standing...

William John Market Report 03-06-21

03 Jun 2021, Posted by admin in

Is the time of the “60/40” portfolio over? The traditional portfolio, comprised of 60% equities and 40% bonds, has come under major scrutiny in a “twin-bull” market whereby both asset classes have seen historically impressive gains on major indices and depressed yields.  Since circa 2000, U.S....

William John Market Report 26-05-21

26 May 2021, Posted by admin in

As the world reels from a COVID-19 induced recession, U.K. house prices have climbed to their highest level across the U.K. since October 2014, according to statistics released by the Office for National Statistics.  The early slump in the graph exhibits the propagational effects of the...

William John Market Report 20-05-21

20 May 2021, Posted by admin in

Investors have been playing close attention to the cryptocurrency markets this week as regulatory scrutiny and a crackdown on retail speculative trading intensifies. Since the “WallStreetBets-GameStop” debacle, there is no surprise to see regulators pay closer attention to the basket of decentralised currencies including established...

William John Market Report 18-05-21

18 May 2021, Posted by admin in

Amidst inflation worries, worldwide equities have lost their post-pandemic momentum this week. The S&P 500, a stock index composed of the largest 500 companies weighted by market capitalisation on U.S. stock markets, fell 0.606% from Friday’s close in early morning trading on Monday: Europe’s STOXX 600...