April Market Update

April was a positive month for the major European and US equity markets.


Monthly performance to end of April 2021

FTSE 100 (UK)


Dow 30 (US)


Euro Stoxx 50 (Europe)


Nikkei 225 (Japan)


In terms of currency, £ Sterling ended April at 1.38 US Dollars.  This was 0.3% higher than the figure at the end of March.

Against the Euro, £ Sterling ended April at 1.15 Euros, which was 2.1% lower than the March closing figure.

Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), was 1.0% in March 2021 (this is March’s data which is reported in April).  This was up from 0.7% in the previous month, with rising prices for motor fuels and clothing causing the largest upward contributions to the change.  The 12-month rate for the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate which excludes owner occupied housing costs and council tax was 0.7% in March, up from 0.4% in February.

There were no further changes to the Bank of England base rate last week following the two previous cuts in March.  The current rate remains at 0.1%.

The Omnis Managed funds, Openwork Graphene Model Portfolios and Omnis Managed Portfolio Service provide you with a diversified asset allocation in line with your Attitude to Risk, investing in Developed Market Equities, such as UK, US, Europe and Asia Pacific as well as Emerging Market equities.  Cautious and Balanced investors will also have significant holdings in UK and Global Bonds, as well as Alternative Strategies.

We believe this multi-asset approach aims to minimise global equity market falls in volatile periods.