Monthly Archives: April 2016

Fresh Stimulus from the ECB

European equity markets generally rose during March, although investor sentiment was negatively affected by terrorist atrocities in Brussels. The Dax Index rose by 5% in March, while the CAC 40 Index increased by a rather more muted 0.7%. Meanwhile, over the first quarter, the Dax Index fell by 7.2% while the CAC 40 Index dropped… Read more »

Lacklustre Q1 for Global Equity Markets

Major equity markets rose during March, boosted by a welcome rally in commodity prices. Over the first quarter of 2016 as a whole, however, many equity markets posted declines, dragged down by geopolitical anxieties, worries over China’s economic outlook, and pronounced volatility in commodity prices. During March, the International Monetary Fund warned that the global… Read more »

The Lifetime ISA

From April 2017, savers aged between 18 and 40 can open a new Lifetime ISA (“LISA”). Announced during the March 2016 Budget, the LISA is, according to HM Treasury, designed to help young people to save “simultaneously… for a first home and for their retirement, without having to choose one over the other”. Any amount… Read more »