The German DAX Finished Up for the Third Straight Positive Year up 15.79% for 2021

Germany’s Blue-Chip DAX 40 index ended its last trading session of 2021 at 15,885 on the last trading day of 2021, up 15.79% for the year after being up 3.6% in 2020. German stocks have recovered from the coronavirus crash in March which sent the DAX to a near seven-year low on March 16th, 2020. German stocks were the best performer among European stock indices for the year. The German stock market rebound continued from the depths of despair aided … Continue reading “The German DAX Finished Up for the Third Straight Positive Year up 15.79% for 2021”

Spain’s IBEX Worse Performing European Stock Market in 2021, Finished Up 7.9%

The Spanish Blue-Chip IBEX 35 closed 0.46% higher at 8,713.80 on the final trading day of 2021 and up 7.9% in 2021. The market recovered from being down 15.5% in 2020 when it was its worst year since 2010. Spain’s index is well off the multi-year low of 5,815 on March 16th, 2020, as coronavirus fears and lockdown measures hit a crescendo. Germany, Spain and Italy were among the major European bourses closed for the New Year’s Eve holiday The … Continue reading “Spain’s IBEX Worse Performing European Stock Market in 2021, Finished Up 7.9%”

FTSE 100 Recovers in 2021 To Be up 14.3% After 2020 Annus Horribilis

UK’s Blue-Chip FTSE 100 recovered in 2021, its best year since 2016, after suffering its worst year since the 2008 financial crisis in 2020. On the last day of the year, it closed 0.3% lower at 7384, up 14.3% for the year. Stocks recovered from some of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and Brexit uncertainty. Other than in Spain, Britain’s top stocks were the poorest performer among the largest European stock indices. FTSE 100 closed at 7384 points on Friday, having … Continue reading “FTSE 100 Recovers in 2021 To Be up 14.3% After 2020 Annus Horribilis”

Bank of England Unexpectedly Raise Interest Rates for First Time in Three Years

The Bank of England MPC at its December meeting voted 8-1 (Silvana Tenreyro dissented) to raise the Bank Rate from the historic low of 0.1% to 0.25%. The decision was a surprise amid a severe deterioration in the economic outlook with Omicron triggering a collapse in consumer confidence.  Inflation is at the highest rate for a decade, 5.1% in the 12 months to November, the sharpest annual incline for 10 years and well above the Bank’s 2% target.  Thw BoE … Continue reading “Bank of England Unexpectedly Raise Interest Rates for First Time in Three Years”

Bank of England Holds Base Rate at 0.10%, Upward Pressure on Inflation Expected To Dissipate

The Bank of England MPC at it’s November meeting voted 7-2 (Ramsden and Saunders dissented)to maintain Bank Rate at 0.1%. The Committee voted 6-3 (Ramsden, Saunders, Mann dissented) to maintain corporate bond purchases at £20 billion and government bond purchases at £875.   Highlights: Bank of England announced  September 23 2021 monetary policy decision Unchanged at prior 0.10% Official bank rate votes 0-0-9 vs 0-0-9 expected Bank rate vote 7-2 (Ramsden and Saunders dissented) Gilts Asset purchase target £875 bn … Continue reading “Bank of England Holds Base Rate at 0.10%, Upward Pressure on Inflation Expected To Dissipate”

Bank of England Holds Base Rate at 0.10%, UK Q3 GDP Expectations Revised Down

The Bank of England MPC at it’s September meeting voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.1%. The Committee voted unanimously to maintain corporate bond purchases at £20 billion and government bond purchases at £875. Uncertainty around labour market outlook has increased

Bank of England Holds Base Rate at 0.15%, Target Asset Purchases at £895 billion

The Bank of England MPC at it’s March meeting voted unanimously to maintain Bank Rate at 0.1%. The Committee voted unanimously to maintain corporate bond purchases at £20 billion and government bond purchases at £875.

The German DAX Best Performing European Stock Market in 2020, Finished Up 3.6%

Germany’s Blue Chip DAX 30 index ended its last trading session of the year slightly lower at 13,719, near it’s record high of 13,903 reached Tuesday, up 3.6% in 2020. German stocks recovered from the coronavirus crash in March, which set the DAX to a near seven-year low on March 16th. German stocks were the best performer among European stock indices for the year.

Spain’s IBEX Worse Performing European Stock Market in 2020, Finished Down 15.5%

The Spanish Blue Chip IBEX 35 closed 1% lower at 8,074 on the final trading day of 2020, down 15.5% for the year and the weakest stock index in Europe for the year in its worst year since 2010. Spain’s index bounced off the multi-year low of 5,815 on March 16th as coronavirus fears and lockdown measures hit a crescendo.

Brexit and Lockdowns See FTSE 100 Have Worse Year Since 2008 in 2020

The UK’s Blue-Chip FTSE 100 suffered its worst year since the 2008 financial crisis in 2020. On the last day of the year, it closed 1.5% lower at 6,460, down 14.3% for the year. Stocks were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and Brexit uncertainty. Other than in Spain, Britain’s top stocks were the poorest performer among the largest global stock indices. The FTSE 100, known as the Footsie, started the year at 7,542 points and closed on New Year’s … Continue reading “Brexit and Lockdowns See FTSE 100 Have Worse Year Since 2008 in 2020”