QE ends, nobody seems to notice

Last week, as investors focused on the Bank of Japan’s surprise ratcheting up of quantitative easing, the US Federal Reserve’s own long-term asset purchase programme came to an end with barely a flicker of attention in terms of market movements.

The relatively quiet completion of ‘tapering’ was a far cry… Read the article

Hong Kong protests weigh on Asian stockmarkets

Recent pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong seem to have impacted investor sentiment across much of Asia. While there are other factors also responsible – such as some sluggish data on Chinese manufacturing activity – fears over escalating political unrest have contributed to rapid declines in several Asian stockmarkets.

Unsurprisingly, the… Read the article