Charles Sylvester of Charles Stanley & Co, Ipswich

City Watch: Charles Sylvester sees a potential precedent in New Zealand

In early July, the equity market pulled back as investors contemplated a turn in the UK interest rate cycle.

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Brian Tora of J M Finn & Co

So what spooked the markets?

Last week was not a comfortable one for UK investors, with the FTSE 100 index falling by close to 4% − the biggest drop in a week since last March.

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Brian Tora of J M Finn & Co

City Watch: Brian Tora warns of a false sense of security on interest rates

There have been a lot of comments recently on where interest rates might be going. Not only has the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, delivered sometimes conflicting views on what the future might hold for the cost of money, but senior figures associated with the Monetary Policy Committee, which sets the level of interest rates, have delivered their form of forward guidance.

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Charles Sylvester of Charles Stanley & Co, Ipswich

City Watch: Mark Sylvester on the growing geopolitical threat to market confidence

As measured by the Vix Index, otherwise known as the “Fear Gauge” of the US market, investors around the world have been more relaxed about current geopolitical and economic news than at any time since 2007.

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