A good start to the year

Markets started 2023 positively with strong performances across the board.

Europe’s mild winter – which lowered future energy price projections – China reopening its economy and optimism around inflation all contributed to the buoyant mood. Challenges remain though, with recession risks still on investors’ minds.

Our most recent investment update covers this and more, sharing the views of the Coutts team behind the NatWest Invest funds. It also looks at the potential impact of the current swathe of strikes on the UK economy.


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