Article preview: In our latest monthly investment update for April 2019, we look at how the investment markets, the global economy and commodity prices are performing. The FTSE 100 index of leading UK company shares experienced another positive month in March, finishing the month at 7,279.19 points. This represented a 204.46 point or 2.89% rise during the month, despite continued Brexit uncertainty. Global equities reached a five-month high during March, despite technical indicators suggesting a looming recession. At the start of trading in April, UK stock markets joined a global market rally, prompted by strong Chinese factory data and hopes for a resolution over US/China trade disputes.