Highlights from March 2019 – Best quarter for U.S. stocks; Lyft IPO; Irish stocks soar despite Brexit

Think the global economy is slowing? The equity markets don’t think so. The S&P 500 rose 13.1% in Quarter 1 (January to March), the largest quarterly gain since 2009 and the best start to a year since 1998.

The technology heavy NASDAQ index gained 17% as the S & P technology sector gained 19.3% during the quarter. Apple and Microsoft both gained over 16% during the quarter.

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Highlights from November 2018

November 2018 saw big falls for Oil with WTI down 22% and Brent down 20.8%. Equities turned largely positive after a disastrous October with the S & P 500 up 2% and NASDAQ 100 up 0.5% during November. Asia was positive too with the Hong Kong HSI Seng Index up 6.2% and the Japanese NIKKEI up 2%. European Stocks performed badly though with the German DAX down 1.7% and the Portuguese PSI down 3.1%. The biggest loser was Bitcoin, down 37% during the month.

Bitcoin Price November 2018

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Highlights from September 2018

We had a total of 15 posts (including this one) in September 2018, the fewest since January 2018 (the month this site launched). Hopefully, October 2018 will be different and we should post more often. We will also trail a new Monthly Highlights in October. Here are highlights from September 2018,

Our three most read posts in September 2018

Currency carnage everywhere, here’s how every currency in the world has performed against the US dollar over the past year

Banks in the United States have a problem – they can’t find enough customers to lend money to

Gold, Equities or Property? Here’s how much each has returned since 1990, 2000, 2010 and since Lehman

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Highlights from August 2018

Here are highlights from August 2018,

Our three most read posts in August 2018

Do economic fundamentals matter anymore? (Most read for a second month running)

The S & P 500 is up 180% since the end of the last U.S. recession but the average wage is only up 21.2%, disposable income up 24.6% and GDP up 39.5%

London house prices have fallen most since 2009 but it is not what it seems        

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