Wealth Market Commentary - January

Craig Hendry

Craig Hendry

Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

January saw the collapse of infrastructure giant Carillion. The knock on implications of the collapse will be substantial as Carillion held a number of government contracts including the building of the new Royal Liverpool Hospital as well as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

Although Sterling has strengthened the FTSE 100 fell 2.01% through January to 7,533.55. UK inflation eased slightly in December to 3%, however the Average Weekly Earnings still lag behind at 2.4%. This means real wages are falling by 0.6%.

Oil has continued on its upward trajectory rising 3.02% to US$68.89 per barrel.

We expect 2018 to be an unpredictable year until there is a formal plan in place for Brexit.

 31 January 20181 month6 months12 months
FTSE 1007,533.55-2.01%2.19%6.12%
Brent Crude (US$)68.893.02%30.85%23.68%
Gold (US$ per oz)1,345.143.25%5.96%11.10%

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