Russ Mould of A J Bell looks at the rally in the NASDAQ and warns that history shows that, even in bear markets, there can be substantial rallies. As he points out, all the problems for the growth stocks that caused the market to fall are still present. He also considers Amazon's buyback plan and stock split, the first time the company has returned cash to investors since its market debut in 1997. Discussing buybacks in general, happening a great deal in the UK at the moment, he cautions investors to see whether the board are also buying into the company.
Russ Mould of A J Bell discusses the knock-on effect on economies and markets of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Much depends, he says, on whether things stabilise quickly or not. Of all post-war conflicts, he feels the Arab-Israeli War of 1973 could be the most relevant, with its extraordinary impact on energy prices. If there is no rapid solution, then central banks could find themselves battling stagflation with little in their armouries. Investors should aim for a diversified portolio with plenty of exposure to "real stuff", the antithesis of what's worked for the past ten years or more.
Victoria Scholar of Interactive Investor talks to Simon Rose about the startling market movements in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and why the FTSE is proving more resilient than some. With energy and safe havens in demand, how should investors react and position themselves, with the future so uncertain and events doing nothing to still recent volatility?
Laith Khalaf of A J Bell looks at the recent UK inflation numbers and wonders if the Bank of England is right to consider the rise transitory or not. It doesn't bode well for NS&I's new Green Savings Bond, he points out, particularly if savers expect interest rates to keep rising. He discusses whether QE has had an effect on inflation and what is happening in the bond market.
Victoria Scholar of Interactive Investor assesses the fortunes of some US tech stocks in the news recently, including Peloton, Uber and Disney. With inflation unexpectedly rising again to a 40-year high, she considers what the Federal Reserve might be able to do with its demand-side tools, when many problems are on the supply side of the economy.
Russ Mould of A J Bell looks at the Bank of England's interest rate rise, noticing how much more hawkish the MPC has become, with 4 members wanting an even bigger hike. Although QE has been brought to an end, he wonders how far the bank can go before something breaks - and similarly the Fed. He also looks at the plunge in Meta Platforms/Facebook shares, wondering where future growth could come from for the company.
Victoria Scholar, head of investment at Interactive Investor, explains why markets are so highly volatile at present, producing the worst start to the year since the financial crisis as QE is about to give way to QT (Quantitative Tightening). She points out that investors should try not to get emotional but to review their portfolio. Indeed, if companies you considered attractive only recently are now much cheaper, perhaps it could prove a bargain-hunting opportunity.
Welcome to another panel session from the Sustain:Social Conference, featuring an all-star line-up of investment professionals: Stephen Porter of Scottish Widows, Nanne Tolsma of Satelligence, Kenneth Mackenzie of Target Fund Managers, Myron Jobson of Interactive Investors and Stephen Clapham of Behind the Balance Sheet.
Victoria Scholar, head of investment at Interactive Investor, talks to Simon Rose about the likely effects of US inflation hitting 7%, a forty-year high. With the labour market there tight, as in the UK, she considers what the Federal Reserve's response is likely to be, given that the problems are caused more by the supply side of the economy, rather than the demand side. And what will this mean for markets and the sort of tech stocks that have been riding so high?
Laith Khalaf of A J Bell explains to Simon Rose why US markets have reacted so badly to the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting that they shrugged off last month. He marks the rise of Apple to become the world's first $3 trillion company. Back in the UK, he sees early signs of optimism for the retail sector over the holidays.
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