The financial sector had been assumed to be one of the equity sectors that would outperform the broad S&P 500 index in 2018. Robust US economic growth following the passage of tax cuts would boost cyclical sectors and deregulation would enhance profits. But instead of market-beating returns, the sector’s total return up to 27 June was -4.3%, compared to a 3.0% gain for the rest of the index. What are the reasons for the disappointing figures? Might things turn around by the end of the year?
Hopes were so high. At the start of the year, the ‘Goldilocks’ environment — characterised by above-trend global growth, contained inflation, and moderate volatility — looked set to continue, if not quite as strongly, in 2018.
Taking a closer look at how the tariff cards may play out and which markets may suffer the most should things get nasty
What are the implications of recent political events in Italy, deepening trade tensions and the June FOMC meeting?