Taking stock of UK equity performance as Britain leaves the EU

Although UK stocks as measured by the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 ex Investment Trust indices (see Chart 1) have delivered positive absolute returns since the start of 2016, UK equities have structurally underperformed global equities over the same period (Chart 2). This is reflective of both the strength of the performance of global equities (particularly the US) and investors factoring in a risk premium for UK equities as Brexit uncertainty built.

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