Investment updates keeping you informed of the latest economic changes
Volatility is back as the interest rate normalisation
process continues. US tax cuts were just starting to kick in and the latest company earnings were very positive.
While 2016 saw two momentous political events, Brexit and Trump's election, which shocked financial markets, 2017 was far more boring.
We have been enjoying steady market returns in a low volatility environment for many years, but geopolitical tensions during August changed this.
As we look back at the 2017 financial year, we can breathe a sigh of relief that financial markets satisfactorily navigated their way around some potentially disruptive issues.