ollowing its emergence in central China in mid-January, the coronavirus has now been reported in 56 different countries. Of the more than 83,000 confirmed cases, nearly 3,000 have proved fatal. Though the rate of new infections in China has stabilised, and though the proportion of patients recovering has improved, the international spread of the virus has caused a great deal of alarm. As workers, shoppers and tourists stay home – either by choice or by government edict – expectations for economic growth and corporate profits have been revise...


Global stock markets fell sharply yesterday (Monday 24 February) as reports from Japan, South Korea, Iran and Italy stoked fears over the global spread of the coronavirus. Among the notable falls, FTSE MIB index of Italian shares ended the day 5.4% lower after authorities moved to lock down ten towns in the country’s north to prevent the virus spreading. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index of US shares fell 3.4%, erasing its year-to-date gains. While stock markets dropped, safe haven assets which investors typically turn to in times of market turbu...


As the United Kingdom finally left the EU on 31 January 2020, there is now a transition period until the end of the year, while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  The current rules on trade, travel, and business for the UK and EU will continue to apply during the transition period.

Globally, all attention has been on China where the coronavirus has now spread to 27 countries and territories worldwide, with 17,488 confirmed cases and 362 deaths (as of 3 February 2020).

The FTSE 100 ended January at 7,286.01 which was 3.4% low...


Whichever side of the Brexit debate you have been on, Friday 31 January 2020 undoubtedly marks a momentous point in the country’s history. For at the stroke of 11pm, the UK will cease to be a member of the EU: the divorce will finally have been sealed.

It’s clearly been a long and rocky road getting to this stage with the process costing two Prime Ministers their jobs and dividing families the length and breadth of the country. However, since Boris Johnson won a landslide victory in December’s election with a mandate to ‘get Brexit done...


While homeowners can still benefit from low mortgage rates, savers will be struggling to enjoy any kind of growth on money they have on deposit, leading some to consider a riskier investment.

If you're considering investing in the stock market, one crucial and very personal issue is, quite simply, how you feel about the prospect of putting money at risk and your ability to accommodate any loss in value.

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The first month of the year marked the first anniversary of Donald Trump as US President, his state of the union speech, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and that interview… between Donald Trump and Piers Morgan… Trump’s first international broadcast interview.

The FTSE 100 ended January at 7,533.55, which was 2.0% lower than the 2017 year end closing figure of 7,687.77. During January, the index climbed to an intra-day high on 12 January of 7,792.56.

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued its general upward mo...


2017 was the year of the campaign trail, with several key elections held in countries with great influence on global economics and stock markets. Here, we recap on the political posturing that defined 2017, and what it meant of the global stock markets.

On 20 January, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Global stock markets had rallied since the election result on 8 November, with many in corporate America hoping to benefit from promised tax reforms. Not everyone was happy. The day after Trump's inaugura...


The Omnis Investment Committee oversees all aspects of the Omnis investment offering.

The Committee met recently to discuss the Omnis funds and the performance of the external fund managers. This bulletin summarises the principal discussion points from that meeting and is the latest in a series of regular updates from the Committee, which takes seriously its responsibility to ensure the funds are properly managed at all times.

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