Article preview: In our latest monthly investment update for February 2019, we look at how the investment markets, global economy and commodity prices are performing. The FTSE 100 index of leading UK company shares made steady gains during January, finishing for the month at 6,968.15 points, up from 6,728.13 points at the end of December. This represents an increase of 240.02 points or 3.57% during the month. Markets have seen a strong start to the year, coming off the back of a turbulent period at the end of 2018. The recovery has been led by the US with the S&P 500 returning close to levels last seen at the beginning of 2018. The gains are owed in part with a change in tone from the US Federal Reserve who hiked interest rates four times last year and signalled further rises would come in 2019.
February 2019 Investment & Economic Update
This 1,270 word blog post reviews the global investment markets and economies at the start of February 2019. Includes commentary on UK and US equity market performance, the latest International Monetary Fund economic outlook, UK price inflation figures, a slowdown in the British manufacturing sector, Italy slipping back into recession and Eurozone economic growth, the impact of the US government shutdown on their economic growth, key findings from the CFA UK Quarterly Valuations Index, and UK house price growth. Written on 1st February 2019.
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