Weekly Market View from Realm Investment Management. Week ending 3rd December 2021.
The UK stock market gained last week after two weeks of declines. The Pound was lower against all major currencies. At the start of this week stocks have extended gains with the FTSE 100 receiving a boost from major oil companies which are bouncing back as the oil price rallies from recent severe losses.
The Deputy Governor of the bank of England, Ben Broadbent, said today that UK inflation could “comfortably exceed” 5% next year.
US equities were lower last week with only the Utilities sector showing a gain but the US market has also started the week on a stronger note as reports indicate the Omnicron variant of coronavirus may cause milder syptoms than first thought.
Speaking before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that the Fed may consider tapering monthly bond purchases at a faster rate than previously expected.
Investors are looking ahead to the release of the latest CPI data on Friday and generally expecting the data to show the persistence of inflationary pressures.
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