Market Outlook

Each month, the Reeves Investment Committee publishes its Market Outlook. The Outlook looks at what’s going on in the capital markets around the world and walks you through our perspective on a variety of investment topics. It is the most widely read of all Reeves publications.

Our Outlook summarises our Committee's most recent economic insights and market expectations. It will help you understand why we make the decisions we make with regards to our recommended portfolios. But you may still have questions and want to talk through things in more detail. If that’s the case, get in touch to schedule a call with one of our team.

Latest Report​

Market Outlook - October 2020

  1. UK Chancellor scraps recovery plan in favour of immediate economic measures

  2. October Volatility
  3. Expectations for a weak pound

Report Archive

If you want to read about investment topics covered in previous reports, you can access our archive below. 


Focus Topic(s)


September 2020

UK inflation hits 1% in July, S&P 500 reaches new high, UK officially in recession, A year without precedent

August 2020

Gold hits 9-year high, Vaccine may not be accessible for 12 months, Brexit - running out of time for deal

July 2020

Flare up of US Covid cases threatens market growth, Global central banks issue stimulus to rescue economies, UK economy opens for business

May 2020

European countries begin to lift lockdown's, UK Chancellor warns of permanent scarring to economy, Beaten up Oil prices soar

April 2020

US Oil price plunges to 20 year low, Economic impact of Virus and lockdown on UK, Coronavirus impact on retail sector

March 2020

Most major sporting events postponed due to Coronavirus, Russia - Saudi Oil price war, FTSE heading for 9-day losing streak

February 2020

Coronavirus: China's GDP growth slowest in 30 years, Post Brexit trade negotiations, Coronavirus capable of pushing Japan into recession

January 2020

Iran - US tensions high after Iranian commander killed, Commodity outlook, US - China Trade war

​November 2019

UK General Election - 12th December, NHS Privatisation & US / China trade war.

​October 2019

​The best and worst funds, sectors and shares of 2019, How are UK equity income funds performing?, Second Woodford fund is frozen,

​July 2019

​UK equities see first inflows for two years, Pound slumps as ministers move towards no-deal Brexit, Federal Reserve rate cut fails to win over Wall Street

​June 2019

​US China trade war truce boosts global share prices, Calls for tougher rules on open-end funds, Vanguard cuts management fees on active funds

​May 2019

​Mexican tariffs threat condemns stock markets to worst month of yea, ​
German weakness weighs on eurozone​ and the Dow sinks as recession fear has investors seeking safety

​April 2019

Trading floors across the world toast strong start to year, US bullish as economy roars ahead​ &UK stocks are not feeling the love...

​March 2019

​Investors pile back into shares, European stock markets look gloomy and Bond yields are fallen. Click the button below to find out why!

​February 2019

​Wall Street's best January for 32 years. Wall Street completed its best January since 1987 as stocks continued their recovery from a sharp sell-off in December.

January 2019

The United States and China have bolstered market confidence that they will roll back their trade war after officials concluded three days of negotiations in sanguine spirits. 

December 2018

Global stock markets have had a turbulent 12 months, as investor confidence has been buffeted by trade tensions, uncertainty about the direction of the world’s economies, fears of a global trade war and a ratcheting up of interest rates.

November 2018

Outlook is worst since the crash, say bosses. The chancellor has suffered his first big setback since the budget as it emerged that confidence among businesses had slumped to its lowest level since the financial crisis.

October 2018

At the beginning of the month, the FTSE 100 suffered its worst week since March after strong jobs figures in the United States worsened a sell-off in global equity markets.  Investors are concerned that a wave of positive economic data from the US will prompt the Federal Reserve to raise rates faster than expected and increase borrowing costs, which could cool global economic growth.

September 2018

Last month saw London's blue chip stocks fall to their lowest finish since April as the pound sharply reversed earlier softness, oil prices weighed and UK business optimism remained low amid trade and geopolitical tensions.  At one point, the FTSE 100 was down to 7,229.75 (on 11 September), but has since recovered.  The FTSE 100 reached an all time high of 7877.45 in May of 2018.

August 2018

As predicted in our last Monthly Market Outlook report, the Bank of England raised the interest rate at the beginning of August for only the second time in a decade.  The rate has risen by a quarter of a percentage point, from 0.5% to 0.75% - the highest level since March 2009.

June/July 2018

London’s leading share index recorded its best quarterly performance in five years despite fears of an all-out trade war between the United States and China, but the pound suffered its weakest period since the Brexit vote.

May 2018

During May, leading shares hit a record high.  The FTSE 100 index closed up 53.77 points at 7,787.97 on 17 May, just breaching the previous record set in mid-January of 7,778.64.  The FTSE 250 index also reached a record high, up 190.65 points on the day to 21,019.44.

April 2018

We are pleased to report on our Q1 2018 investment performance results. Whilst there are always conflicting signs regarding economic growth and the prospects for investors, the Reeves Investment Team remain cautious in the current uncertain environment.

March  2018

As the market has fallen by approximately 11% since its peak in January (as measured by the FTSE All-Share Index), we remain cautious about near-term prospects. We are consistently reviewing your investments on a monthly basis and will continue to make decisions aimed to protect or enhance your portfolio value.

February  2018

Historically, January is typically a sobering month for investors. Since 2000 the average market return in January has been -1.6 percent! However, we are very pleased with how our model portfolios have performed in comparison to the index.

January 2018

We are pleased with how our portfolios performed compared to the index!

November 2017

Stock Markets struggles in November.

October 2017

The Bank of England meet to discuss interest rates.

September 2017

Investment Losses in Almost Every Sector.

August 2017

Reeves Performance vs FTSE allshare.

July 2017

Are Markets Overvalued? Is is it time to de-risk?

June 2017

Surprise Election Result

May 2017

FTSE 100 hit a record High

April 2017

Investment Trusts

March 2017

Global economy

February 2017

Investment Performance

January 2017

Overview of 2016

December 2016

US Election Results

November 2016

Inflation, Bond Yields

October 2016

Real Estate Investment Trusts

September 2016

Technology Funds, Absolute Return Funds

August 2016

Property Fund Liquidity