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We keep a close eye on global market developments, and each quarter we share an overview with our clients to keep you up to date and informed. In Q3 (June to September 2021) the economic backdrop remained relatively stable on the whole with growth being strong in most areas. Manufacturing and servicing continue to show expansion, and corporate earnings have seen more upgrades than downgrades as they improve and economies continue to reopen.
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Over Q2 markets on the whole continued to appreciate as more economies and sectors reopened and consumers started to spend some of their pent up savings. Central Banks have kept interest rates on hold and continued to make the point that inflation is not a concern at the moment and the recent increases are largely down to the comparison with the same time last year, when lockdowns were more apparent as a result of Covid.
We keep a close eye on global market developments, and each quarter we share an overview with our clients. Over the 2021 Q1 period, the general trend has been an appreciation in markets, largely thanks to the approval and roll-out of various vaccine programmes.
Over the Q4 period, markets appreciated with the approval of the vaccines and subsequent roll out program across the UK. The increase in positive consumer sentiment allowed the UK market to perform well into the year end.
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Markets continued to open up overall over the Q3 period, with companies starting to gain earnings traction although not to the levels prior to COVID. The Central Banks and governments globally remain supportive of markets, and there is continued talk on further support from both should there be further problems as a result of pandemic restrictions.
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Market Commentary – economies and sectors re-opening boosts sentiment
Continuing the desire to provide our clients and prospects with views on the market place, I hope you find the notes below both informative and of interest. Whilst we continue to believe there are opportunities in the investment markets, we are also finding that many of our clients, in light of recent events, are taking stock of their current and future financial affairs.
As we continue to monitor developments concerning the Coronavirus closely, ensuring the wellbeing of our employees, our clients and their families is our first stop. Our team of financial planners and investment managers are now safely homeworking and in constant communication through the use of available technologies carefully monitoring the financial markets for our clients.