Singles’ Day, which takes place annually in China on 11 November, has traditionally been the main event of the year for e-commerce activity and is popular among young Chinese people who celebrate being single.
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Maintaining perspective matters, particularly when we consider emerging markets. Despite ongoing US-China trade discussions, intra-emerging markets trade has blossomed in recent years with China replacing the US as the largest export destination for other emerging markets as a whole.
However, there has also been positive developments in other emerging markets that have flown under the radar.
Through the jangling noise of politicians arguing over Brexit in the coming weeks, you might just about hear discussion about climate change. Regardless of how optimistic you are that your chosen party will fulfil any environmental promises, you may feel that putting a cross in a box is insufficient. Increasingly, people are looking to use their investments to make a difference. However, it is more complex than it may seem.
This year has been difficult for those who invest for income, with much-publicised dividend cuts at Vodafone, Royal Mail and Centrica.
The dividend cuts are a timely reminder that investors should always be cautious, particularly when enjoying a high yield.
Markets will have been looking towards this week with a certain amount of dread. Britain was supposed to have exited the EU on 31 October – for better or for worse – and we were expected to be dealing with the fallout. The can, however, has been kicked down the road once more.
The economic progress of countries in the Gulf region is reliant on the oil price. True or false? Increasingly, it’s false.
With more than £24 trillion in assets globally, an increase of 34% in just two years, it is unsurprising that environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment dominates headlines. In an industry that is predicted to continue to grow significantly between now and 2025, there are countless options for investors who have a desire to invest in line with their conscience.
Financial markets can be a scary place for investors. The US economy is now in its longest expansion on record, the world is seeing record levels of total debt, and now even some corporate bonds have negative yields.
If you’ve carved a pumpkin, got your Halloween costume and been to see the latest scary film, there’s only one thing left to do: take a look at the Bond Vigilantes team’s 2019 Scary Charts.
Ninety years on from the Wall Street Crash, investors across the US and globally have learned to apply a cautiously optimistic approach to investing. After a period of continued share price growth, it was easy to believe that it could continue forever. When the Depression struck, many were caught out by not a having a strategy in place to succeed in a severe market downturn.
In a world of generally low interest rates and slowing growth, there has been a rush to invest in companies that can increase sales and profits. The UK market is often seen as a poor cousin to the US, especially when it comes to availability of growth, and there are elements of truth to this.
Looking at the composition of the FTSE 100 index, financials comprise approximately 19% of the index, consumer staples 18%, energy 16%, healthcare 11%, industrials 10%, and metals and mining 9%.