The Cambridge Weekly – 1st March 2021

Earnings look set to stabilise wobbling markets Last year, equity markets started to wobble around this time. For example, on 19 February 2020, the NASDAQ 100 closed at an all-time high of 9718.73 before sliding back as the far-reaching implications of the pandemic...

The Cambridge Weekly – 22nd February 2021

One year on – who would have thought One year ago, on 19th February 2020, stock markets hit their pre-pandemic high. Over the five weeks that followed, markets plunged in the most extreme global market crash ever known, as the world accepted that COVID-19 was a threat...

The Cambridge Weekly – 15th February 2021

No UK double dip, but much talk of bubbles ‘Worst recession in 300 years’ was how UK media framed Friday’s release of UK GDP growth data for the last quarter of 2020. They were also quick to point out that the -9.9% full-year number was far worse than any other major...

Waiting for the vaccine dividend

In this investment update, Lothar Mentel, Cambridge’s Lead Investment Adviser, discusses January's populist action and Cambridge’s positioning to take advantage of the vaccine dividend during 2021. 

The Cambridge Weekly – 8th February 2021

Calming of nerves After January’s misbehaviour – everything from riotous insurrection at the US Capitol to rebellious share speculation – February began with a more predictable return to normality. The share price of now internationally famous US video game store...

Cambridge Weekly – 1st February 2021

A fraying of nerves In the middle stages of the pandemic, when things had the potential for going very, very badly, there was a sense of global solidarity and unity among people and politicians. Maybe China received opprobrium – it was certainly demonised by many in...

Cambridge Weekly – 25th January 2021

Sigh of relief As Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States last Wednesday, a collective sigh of relief, at the return of civility, decency and a genuine interest in the wellbeing of all citizens, could be felt around the world. Perhaps not...

Cambridge Weekly – 18th January 2021

Fiscal turbo replaces lame duck Trump As we wrote last week, there is a broad consensus that this year will see a strong economic rebound as mass vaccinations finally put an end to the pandemic – even if we have to wait until the second half of the year to see it....

Cambridge Weekly – 11th January 2021

End points and new beginnings Just like 2020, 2021 has kicked off with rather more lively news flow than many will have hoped for when they gladly said goodbye on New Year’s Eve to what many experienced as a truly annus horribilis. Yet even though events of massive...

Cambridge Weekly – 21st December 2020

Goodbye to all that December usually has a ring of ‘Silent Night’ in the investment world and, in a year where practically all else has changed, at least this has stayed the same. In the UK, news that millions more would be placed under tougher restrictions over the...

Cambridge Weekly – 14th December 2020

A high stakes game of principle chicken This week’s edition was meant to focus on our annual outlook for the coming year, while working under the assumption that the UK and Europe would by now be operating under a ‘skinny’ trade deal that would prevent tariff hurdles...

Cambridge Weekly -30th November 2020

Fiscal floundering During a week when global stock markets continued their more gradual upwards trend, government policy was in full focus, but offered little in support. For the UK, it looks like ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’ when official lockdown ends on...

Cambridge Weekly -23rd November 2020

More tunnel before the light The November rally in stock markets finally petered out last week as it felt as if ‘November finally got the memo about 2020’. This was despite further positive vaccine news that bolstered optimism for next year. Last Monday, US firm...

Cambridge Weekly -16th November 2020

Change is in the air.    Investors have enjoyed another very good week. Optimism had already returned the previous week, with the US election eventually delivering a clear verdict. Last week then brought the news that literally everybody had been waiting and hoping...