The week that was…

In the week ending 29th May, what stole the financial headlines?

Russia and its ongoing stance on Ukraine continued to dominate the headlines. This follows Russia’s recent announcement of a 30-year gas deal with China – a move that signifies a notable trading shift away from Europe and the West. Elsewhere, the rally in emerging market currencies has showed signs of stalling in recent weeks amid central bank policy action. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama was accused of a lack of tact as he became embroiled in a war of words between the Chinese and Japanese governments with regards to disputed territories in the South China Sea.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 30/05/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon

Russia and its ongoing stance on Ukraine continued to dominate the headlines. This follows Russia’s recent announcement of a 30-year gas deal with China – a move that signifies a notable trading shift away from Europe and the West. Elsewhere, the rally in emerging market currencies has showed signs of stalling in recent weeks amid central bank policy action. Meanwhile, … read more

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In the week ending 8th May, what stole the financial headlines?

Pro-Russian rebels declared a resounding victory in referendums on self-rule in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The EU had denounced the referendums as illegal and moved closer to extending sanctions to companies, as well as individuals, linked to the annexation of Crimea. Meanwhile, the proposed £63bn bid by Pfizer for AstraZeneca triggered a political storm, with concerns about potential job losses.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 12/05/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon

Pro-Russian rebels declared a resounding victory in referendums on self-rule in the eastern regions of Ukraine. The EU had denounced the referendums as illegal and moved closer to extending sanctions to companies, as well as individuals, linked to the annexation of Crimea. Meanwhile, the proposed £63bn bid by Pfizer for AstraZeneca triggered a political storm, with concerns about potential job … read more

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In the week ending 24th April, what stole the financial headlines?

The world’s financial headlines remained centred upon the Russia/Ukraine crisis as the potential impact of economic sanctions on Russia continued to be speculated upon. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama suggested further sanctions were imminent. It was a busy week for the US president as he began his Asian tour with a trip to Japan. Obama caused friction with the Chinese government after he was quoted as saying that a chain of East China Sea islands, known in Japan as the Senkaku and in China as the Diaoyu, were covered by a security treaty between the US and Japan and therefore fell under the territory of the latter. The sovereignty of the islands has long been a source of strained relations between Beijing and Tokyo.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 25/04/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

The world’s financial headlines remained centred upon the Russia/Ukraine crisis as the potential impact of economic sanctions on Russia continued to be speculated upon. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama suggested further sanctions were imminent. It was a busy week for the US president as he began his Asian tour with a trip to Japan. Obama caused friction with the Chinese … read more

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In the week ending 10th April, what stole the financial headlines?

The emerging markets dominated headlines as fears of a sustained Chinese economic slowdown refused to abate. Meanwhile, rhetoric with regards the tapering of the US quantitative easing programme continued apace. In its March release, the US Federal Open Market Committee indicated that “economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labour market conditions will continue to improve gradually”. On that note, the health of the US economy remained high on the agenda. US employment data released on 4 April showed the US added 192,000 jobs in March – this added credence to the belief economic data had been hit by poor weather over the winter months. The US unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%.

All data mentioned above sourced from the US Federal Reserve and US Department of Labor.Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 11/04/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

The emerging markets dominated headlines as fears of a sustained Chinese economic slowdown refused to abate. Meanwhile, rhetoric with regards the tapering of the US quantitative easing programme continued apace. In its March release, the US Federal Open Market Committee indicated that “economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labour market conditions will continue to improve gradually”. On … read more

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In the week ending 3rd April, what stole the financial headlines?

The world’s financial headlines continued to focus on Russia, its annexation of Crimea and the possible economic ramifications of sanctions from the West. Meanwhile, emerging markets also remained firmly on the agenda. Elsewhere, the US economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to the US Department of Labor, suggesting underlying growth remains strong and that much of the winter slowdown was a result of bad weather.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 04/04/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

The world’s financial headlines continued to focus on Russia, its annexation of Crimea and the possible economic ramifications of sanctions from the West. Meanwhile, emerging markets also remained firmly on the agenda. Elsewhere, the US economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to the US Department of Labor, suggesting underlying growth remains strong and that much of the winter slowdown … read more

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In the week ending 27th March, what stole the financial headlines?

High level talks were ongoing between Russia, the US and the EU as Crimea continued to dominate international politics. Meanwhile, speculation over the timing of the end of Fed’s quantitative easing programme continued apace following suggestions by Chair Janet Yellen an interest rate rise could happen sooner than expected. The Fed began ‘tapering’ in December. Elsewhere, emerging markets hit the headlines, with geopolitical tensions at the forefront of many investors’ minds.

 

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 28/03/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

High level talks were ongoing between Russia, the US and the EU as Crimea continued to dominate international politics. Meanwhile, speculation over the timing of the end of Fed’s quantitative easing programme continued apace following suggestions by Chair Janet Yellen an interest rate rise could happen sooner than expected. The Fed began ‘tapering’ in December. Elsewhere, emerging markets hit the … read more

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In the week ending 13th March, what stole the financial headlines?

Russia continued to dominate the headlines as it refused to waver on its hard-line Crimea stance. Meanwhile, talk intensified over the possible timing of an end to quantitative easing. There was also greater optimism with regards to the strength and sustainability of the US economic recovery.

 

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 13/03/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

Russia continued to dominate the headlines as it refused to waver on its hard-line Crimea stance. Meanwhile, talk intensified over the possible timing of an end to quantitative easing. There was also greater optimism with regards to the strength and sustainability of the US economic recovery.   Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and … read more

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In the week ending 6th March, what stole the financial headlines?

Russia remained at the top of the headline hotlist as the West put pressure on President Putin to withdraw from Crimea. The US led the way in reprimanding the Russian government and threatening economic sanctions. Elsewhere, tensions in the Middle East continued to make headlines.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 07/03/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

Russia remained at the top of the headline hotlist as the West put pressure on President Putin to withdraw from Crimea. The US led the way in reprimanding the Russian government and threatening economic sanctions. Elsewhere, tensions in the Middle East continued to make headlines. Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group … read more

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In the week ending 27th February, what stole the financial headlines?

Russia rose to the top of the headline pile following intervention in neighboring Ukraine. This action prompted consternation in the West and in the US, in particular. Meanwhile, the US government continued its efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 28/02/14. ISSG is part of The Bank of New York Mellon.

Russia rose to the top of the headline pile following intervention in neighboring Ukraine. This action prompted consternation in the West and in the US, in particular. Meanwhile, the US government continued its efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. Headline Hotlist & World/ Asset Returns Source: The BNY Mellon Investment Strategy and Solutions Group (“ISSG”) as at 28/02/14. ISSG is … read more

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What’s in the news shows the top ten most mentioned themes relevant to financial markets in order of their ranking at the date shown. The bar height shows the frequency of the coverage of each theme in the news for each of the last 13 weeks, with the furthest right bar representing the most recent ranking. The colour of the … read more

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