The Cambridge Weekly – 6th April 2021

The first quarter of 2021 was no April fool The fact is that the first quarter of 2021 has brought genuine good news for UK-based investors with exposure to global stock markets. Equity markets have generally resumed an upward trajectory, while low risk assets,...

The Cambridge Weekly – 29th March 2021

Moving on – towards a post pandemic world It has been another week of markets feeling on edge, without going anywhere. Markets seem to have caught a bit of worry about the passage of growth, oddly just as the wider populace gets more confident and the recent headwind...

The Cambridge Weekly – 22nd March 2021

Tug of war – bonds vs. equities This week marks the anniversary of the turning point of the 2020 COVID stock market crash. Investors looking at their one-year portfolio returns may well be astonished to find double-digit return figures, ranging from around 15% for...

The Cambridge Weekly – 15th March 2021

Recalibrations Stock markets around the world have had another choppy week, but this time there was more up than down across the board and bonds yields stopped their upwards trend – at least for a while. The general upward trend notwithstanding, there was a lot of...

The Cambridge Weekly – 8th March 2021

Stock markets are finding they cannot have it both ways Another week of bond market price falls has pushed ten-year government bond yields upwards everywhere except Japan. The US ten-year yield experienced the biggest rise of the developed world, up almost 20 basis...

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...