For investors, everything about the UK remains in a state of flux, whether it’s the political backdrop, the economy or the stock market. Perhaps there are two consolations:
- European elections and the ongoing Democratic versus Trump battles in the US
- Continued concerns on trade and a general economic slowdown.
It’s pretty much the same everywhere! The problem, of course, is that the UK market is being assailed from both sides. For domestic-facing UK equities, while the economy remains robust with record employment levels, the concern remains ‘what next’ – owing primarily to the ongoing saga that is Brexit. And for those businesses that rely on exports or just have a large portion of business overseas, the issue remains the threat of a US/China trade war and the effect on both countries’ and others’ economies.
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“The UK market is being assailed from both sides.”