Monthly Archives: June 2018

In Washington, President Trump upped the ante on trade last week. Currently, USD 50bn of Chinese imports will become subject to 25% tariffs from the 6th July. Therefore, considering also the responses of the US’s trade partners, it is fair to say the global trade war just got serious. It’s expected Trump’s counterparts will make efforts to de-escalate the situation.... more
Whether you’re a long-standing client or member of the ever-expanding Austen Morris Associates family, we like to stress the importance of creating and maintaining meaningful relationships with everyone we encounter.... more
Austen Morris Associates is built on a foundation of strong bonds and long-lasting relationships, not only with our clients, but also with our staff. Without the dedicated people who work tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of business you’ve come to know and expect, we would just be another ordinary financial services company.

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Last week saw 3 big central bank meetings, which served to reiterate the varying fortunes of the US, Europe and Japan since the crisis. In the US, the FED raised rates and upgraded forecasts as they predicted - 4 rate hikes for 2018 and a continuation of one of the longest economic cycles in history.... more
Austen Morris Associates is pleased to announce that David Morgan has joined the Johannesburg, South Africa team as an Associate Partner. David’s career spans a diverse and expansive level of achievement and experience in financial planning and marketing. Starting early as a Director for his family business Ford Transport for 5 years, David’s portfolio transcended borders when becoming a Senior Manager and General Manager in the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Dubai and Southern Africa.... more
New partnerships bring with them many exciting opportunities and with Ian on-board as both Partner and Africa Regional Manager, we look forward to reaching new heights as a business. Ian has had an outstanding career to date and is well-liked and respected within his peer group and the industry as a whole.... more
Although the main global equity and bond benchmarks were relatively stable last week, this masked a number of large moves in underlying markets. In Brazil and Italy, politics weighed on sentiment, whilst a surprise rate hike in Turkey stemmed recent weakness. Meanwhile, the copper price hit the highest level since 2014 as Chinese imports hit the highest levels since 2000.... more
In a holiday shortened week for the US and UK, a veritable smorgasbord of news flow buffeted markets. From a general sense, two of the most prominent recent headwinds for the market (US rates and the oil price) may now start to cool. With respect to the former, hikes will likely continue this year, but FED rhetoric may turn more dovish as the FOMC digest the effects of their tightening and the ageing cycle. Indeed, slowing but still above trend growth, Europe is likely to see the ECB pause for thought as well.... more
On the evening of Wednesday 23rd May, Austen Morris Associates’ Senior Partner Mr. Jon Holand and team hosted another successful Private Client Dinner. The evening was set at the centre of the Bund, in China’s most sought-after waterfront estate, Bund 18. Formerly the Chinese headquarters of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, our guests enjoyed unparalleled panoramic views ranging from the Huangpu River to the heart of Shanghai’s financial district, Pudong.... more