Performance Update – November 2023

15 November 2023

November has begun particularly positive for equities and bonds given rates across the developed world have reached their peak…

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Dear *|FNAME|*

UK inflation fell to its slowest since October 2021 today at 4.6% beating estimations. This follows US data out yesterday confirming year on year inflation is now 3.2%.
These figures along with a pause across rates from central banks a couple of weeks ago has given investors some much needed confidence!

As you know, this situation has been much anticipated and although we may not see a smooth path to the golden figure of 2% for inflation, central banks now have the time to monitor their respective economies. Markets are now pricing in rate cuts as early as May of next year, both in the US and UK. Historically, cuts have been positive for equities by and large. 

Our outlook is one of quiet optimism from here on out. We have clear signals that the US economy is “cooling” and given stock market valuations (excluding US Tech!) across developed markets looking cheap, I do believe rates have stabilised and markets can finally get to grips with fundamentals.

This data is net of fund charges but does not include potential platform costs or advisor charges which are likely to alter the overall returns set out above.

The past month has been positive for the portfolios and since the announcement of the pause in rates across the developed world, all portfolios have made strong gains.

We do believe our positions in China, US and Europe should help us recover those losses we have all experienced over the past 18 months. But nothing is guaranteed of course!

Have a great few weeks everyone!

Louis Greening
Investment Specialist
Clear Financial Advice

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