Recent Market News

3rd April 2024

Recent Market News

In recent times, financial markets have been dealing with ongoing issues related to rising prices. The inflation numbers, which measure how prices increase over time, in the US have been higher than expected. This suggests that inflation might stick around for a while. At a recent meeting, the Federal Reserve, which oversees the US economy, decided to keep interest rates the same for now. But the Chair of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, hinted that they might lower rates three times this year. He said that the risks of reaching their goals for inflation are getting better. 

Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan made a big change in its policies by increasing interest rates for the first time in 17 years. This shows that they’re noticing that prices are going up, especially wages, and they want to keep inflation around 2%.

In Europe, inflation is still higher than economists had hoped. The European Central Bank decided to keep interest rates steady. However, in the UK, inflation wasn’t as bad as expected, which is good news. The Bank of England decided to keep interest rates at 5.25%. 

The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, said that although inflation seems to be getting better, it’s still too early to lower interest rates. He thinks things are heading in the right direction, though. 


Stock prices in the US are at their highest levels ever. While big companies have been doing well, smaller ones are also starting to see gains. In Europe, most stock prices are also high. Even though UK markets haven’t been popular lately, there are signs that people are becoming more interested, especially in financial companies. Japan’s stock market hit new record highs, and emerging markets, like China, are doing well too. 


Because inflation is sticking around longer than expected, bonds, which are like loans to governments or companies, have seen a slight decrease in value. Right now, if you invest in US bonds for 10 years, you’ll get about 4.25% back. UK bonds would give you around 4%, and German bonds about 2.42%. For a long time, bond returns were very low, but now they’re getting better. 

People are starting to rethink how they invest their money, with a popular strategy being to have a mix of stocks and bonds in their portfolios. 

What does this mean for you?

With central banks around the world starting to cut interest rates and saying they’ll continue to support the economy, we think that both stocks and bonds will continue to do well. Our guidance remains the same: it’s better to invest for the long term than to try to guess the perfect moment to invest. 

Please speak to one of our qualified advisers today if you want to discuss this further.

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