Market Commentary - November

Craig Hendry

Craig Hendry

Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

November saw the inaugural Autumn Budget. To see our coverage on the budget please click here.

As expected, the base rate of interest was increased to 0.5% by the Bank of England at the November Monetary Policy Committee meeting. Although the move was widely expected, the comments that rates would not rise further in the foreseeable future saw Sterling drop 16% intraday. It has since recovered and finished the month up 1.72% against the Dollar.

Consumer Price Inflation remained at 3% in November despite food prices rising. It is worth highlighting that the Average Weekly Earnings increased at 2.2% meaning wages fell 0.8% in real terms.

Oil has continued its strong run closing the month at US$63.57. In the year to date Oil is up 11.88%. 

The Dow Jones remarkable runs shows little sign of abating as the index closed November at 24,272.35, just off its all-time high of 24,327.82

December will bring the second Scottish budget on 14 December, which we await with anticipation.

 30 November 20171 month6 months12 months
FTSE 1007,326.67-2.22%-2.57%8.00%
Brent Crude (US$)63.573.58%26.36%25.29%
Gold (US$ per oz)1,275.010.28%0.48%8.68%

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