Investment Markets in August 2018

Global equity markets recorded a mixed performance in August as European markets fell sharply while US stocks reached an all-time high as the US and Mexico agreed to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement. In currency markets, Sterling fell 0.5% against the Euro as British and EU officials gave mixed messages on reaching an agreement ahead of the EU …

An Explanation of Enhanced Transfer Values

Background The difficulties currently faced by defined benefit schemes are well known at this stage. Low expected returns from investments and increasing annuity prices have resulted in higher contribution rates being required to fund benefits. Many employers have concluded that DB pension schemes are now unaffordable with most schemes either being closed to new entrants or, in an increasing number …

Does Increasing Housing Supply Pose a Threat for Residential Property Prices?

Despite the significant expansion in housing supply in 2017, it was an exceptional year for the Irish residential property market in terms of rental and price inflation.  In our update, we believe there is scope for further growth in 2018, particularly in the Dublin apartment market. Click here to read more.

Equity Market Volatility – February 2018

Following the sharp fall in global equity markets and the increased volatility over the last two weeks, our Equity Market Volatility – February 2018 note looks into the drivers behind these moves and we provide our view on recent developments. Click here to read more.

Oil Update February 2017

The joint ministerial monitoring committee (JMMC), the body tasked with monitoring the compliance of the 13 OPEC members and 11 non-OPEC oil producers with production adjustments, met on January 22nd. At the meeting, countries confirmed commitments to shoulder their share of the production cuts originally announced in November and December. Click here to read more.