London Abstract

Ark Review of the Month
July 2022

Soaring inflation also threatens public finances, with around a quarter of the UK government's debt linked to the Retail Price Index RPI, leading to a recent surge in the government's interest payments, which reached a record high of £19.4 billion in June 2022.

Sunset Over New York City

Ark Review of the Month
June 2022

If the BoE continues to increase interest rates at a pace slower than market expectations, we may see a further weakening of sterling against other major currencies. On the other hand, the dollar is likely to appreciate further due to its safe-haven status and the increased divergence in monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and European central banks.

Rush Hour

Ark Review of the Month
May 2022

From the macro perspective, the market is still exposed to risks including global monetary policy tightening and the Ukraine war and lacks a clear catalyst to change sentiment. The good news is that data coming out of a number of key sectors shows that we appear to have moved past the most challenging stage of the global supply chain crisis. 


Ark Review of the Month
April 2022

Global food producers and retailers need to explore more sustainable food production and distribution solutions with the help of technology and innovation. We believe that more investment opportunities will emerge on the way, including precision agriculture, fertiliser innovation, natural and chemical preservative development and plant-based food technology.

Busy Street

Ark Review of the Month
March 2022

Funds of sustainability and ESG themes suffered severe setbacks in January and February, followed by a mild rebound in March. Defensive assets (for example, tobacco, utilities and oil) and real assets (for example, real estate and infrastructure), were the top risers during the quarter.

Sillouette of Wind Turbine

Ark Review of the Month
February 2022

The most significant impact of the international turmoil for the UK will be on the economic front, particularly in the form of further increases in energy prices. In its economic review at the beginning of February, the Bank of England warned that "higher energy prices would further restrain growth in global and UK activity".

Oil derrick

Ark Review of the Month
January 2022

The global capital markets experienced a rather significant correction in the first month of 2022. However, when we look at different types of stocks, we can see that "value" stocks prices went down only 1.9%, while "growth" stocks dropped by 9.3%. The causes of such a change in market sentiment are complex, some are more influential than others.

A woman at the office overlooking the city skyline

Ark Review of the Month
December 2021

Considering the inflation and other economic data, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted in December to raise the base rate to 0.25% from the historical low of 0.1%. It was the first rate increase in the UK in the past three years.

Luxury Flats

Ark Review of the Month
November 2021

Rising inflation has put pressure on central banks around the world to raise interest rates, but this is not an easy decision to make. The world economy is more vulnerable to rising interest rates today than it has been in the past.

Green Landscape

Ark Review of the Month
October 2021

While attending the 10th Annual Risk EMEA Summit in London, our risk officer keenly observed that ESG and climate risk sessions attracted far more delegates than any other session. The fact that ESG related discussions occupied one full day in a two-day summit speaks volumes about how much (or little) many of us know about ESG's application.

Edison Bulbs

Ark Review of the Month
September 2021

Energy stocks have surged with inflation. Currently, coal and natural gas, the finite resources, supplies 2% and 47% of UK power respectively, while renewable generation supplies about 30% of the UK's electricity. However, the supply of renewables is still erratic. 


Ark Review of the Month
August 2021

The automotive industry has long been the backbone of the UK economy. Total manufacturing output in the second quarter was 1.8% higher than the first quarter and 26.3% higher than the same period last year, with the main driver being transport equipment manufacturing.

Energy Farm

Ark Review of the Month
July 2021

Against the backdrop of high global inflation, we are paying more attention to industries and stocks with consistently growing dividend yields. The FTSE 100 is currently expected to yield 3.7% in 2021. Statistics show that nine companies are set to deliver dividend yields of more than 7% this year, and most of them are from the financial and energy sectors. 

Poolside Hotel

Ark Review of the Month
June 2021

The UK's economic recovery continued to exceed expectations as restrictions eased in May and June. Growth was particularly strong in the service sector, such as retail, hospitality and hairdressing. GDP grew by 2.3% in April 2021, which is the third consecutive month of growth in GDP.

Fashion Store Window Display

Ark Review of the Month
May 2021

As business activity resumes and the economy recovers, we see signs of global inflation. UK CPI doubled in April, rising to 1.5% from 0.7% in March. The main contributors to the rise in CPI were household services such as gas and electricity, and clothing sales and transport. Petrol price is also at its peak since 2020 due to high oil price.

Streets of London

Ark Review of the Month


April 2021

Since March 2020, the total household savings level in the UK has increased by £125 billion as consumption fell and incomes remained stable. The high level of household savings combined with growing consumer confidence may create a potential spending and investment boom in the near future.

Hausmann Buildings

Ark Review of the Month


March 2021

With the recent rise in bond yields, investor demand for safe-haven assets has also shifted significantly towards riskier asset classes such as equities.


Ark Review of the Month


February 2021

The US 10-year Treasury yield broke through 1.55% by the end of February, reaching its highest level since the start of the pandemic. Over the past year, the US 10-year Treasury yield has been fluctuating between 0.60% and 0.80%. The borrowing cost doubled in a short period. Other developed countries’ sovereign debts were also dragged by the US market.

Big Ben

Ark Review of the Month


January 2021

In 2020, the FTSE Indices have not performed as well as people expected. Large and mid-cap stocks indices, FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, dropped 8.5% and 11.6% respectively for the year. However, the FTSE AIM All-Share index which represents performance of the Alternative Investment Market increased 21.8% overall and was among the top performing global indices.

Analyzing Data

Ark Review of the Month


December 2020

Global equity markets continued to rally in the final quarter of 2020. In terms of regional distribution, top performers were MSCI EM Index and MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index, both increased almost 20%, benefiting mainly from the recovery in manufacturing and trading in Asia.

Tidy Desk

Ark Review of the Month


November 2020

The government also announced an extension of its furlough scheme till the end of March. The Office for Budget Responsibility predicts that government borrowing will reach £384 billion this year, which equals to 19.4% of GDP, a figure not seen since the Second World War. 

Red Chairs

Ark Review of the Month


October 2020

At the moment, a typical investment grade bonds issued by a bank with up to 6-year maturity may have a yield to maturity of about 2%, while if the investor chooses to buy and hold infrastructure or utility company’s shares, dividend yields can easily reach 4-5%, and the yields are typically inflation linked. 

Wrapped Package

Ark Review of the Month


September 2020

 The growth of e-commerce has not only speeded up the maturity of online retail supply chain, but has also benefited many surrounding sectors, including the packaging industry. The global packaging industry is worth nearly £60 billion, up from £45 billion in 2015, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.6%. 

Modern Buildings

Ark Review of the Month


August 2020

During the first half of the year, the market was expecting a V-shaped or U-shaped recovery, but we tend to believe that a K-shaped recovery is more likely to occur as pointed out by many economists. 

New York Office

Ark Review of the Month


July 2020

Credit markets are facing downgrade or default risk under coronavirus fears. Some investment grade bonds may be downgraded to non-investment grade. In a market where bond yields are generally lower than before, investors tend to lower their credit rating standards when choosing bonds investments in order to pursue the same return level as in previous years.

Business Lunch

Ark Review of the Month


June 2020

As of 27 May, a total of 1,287 of S&P’s credit ratings were on downgrade warning, either with ‘negative outlooks’ where a rating change might take two years, or on ‘Credit Watch with negative implications’ where the risk of downgrade is almost imminent.

Virtual Team Meeting

Covid-19 Updates


April 2020

Our business is running as usual. We have measures in place to maximise our ability to process instructions and maintain high level of customer service in this extraordinary time.