Jennifer Hill and Andrew Pitts

Model Portfolios annual review: can rocketing returns go higher in 2020?

The climax to 2019 couldn’t have been more different from 2018. In the closing weeks of last year, the UK stock market soared, having taken comfort in the Conservative party’s landslide victory and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to “get Brexit done”.

Further afield, the prospect of a US-China trade agreement assuaged stock markets that had been derailed at times – most notably in May and August – by the threat of increased US trade tariffs on China.

Model Portfolios update: a value revival, but does it have legs?

Fears of a global recession and Brexit uncertainty gave investors lots to fret about and posed fierce headwinds for Money Observer’s model portfolios in the third quarter.

The US-China trade war stoked fears of an imminent recession. The latest raft of tariffs – 15% tax on $112 billion ( £91 billion) of Chinese imports, including clothing and consumer electronics, from 1 September – contributed to a volatile period for stockmarkets.

Model Portfolio Review: Growth stocks propel models back to black

Markets shook off a rocky start to 2018 to return to form during the second quarter – and propel the Money Observer model portfolios firmly back into the black.

All 12 of our portfolios beat the relevant FTSE UK Private Investor index benchmark during the three months to the end of June – some by as much as 3.5 per cent. That saw them recoup losses incurred during the volatility that pervaded investment markets in the first quarter of the year – and then some.