Market Commentary

 

Brexit & Exchange Rates

It’s predicted that the pound could slide further against the euro because of Brexit. But if you look back over the past decade of exchange rates between the two currencies, the reality is a little different than some headlines would have you believe.

December 14, 2018
 
 
 

Christmas markets aren’t the only ones to watch

If you started getting financially organised using my book this year, then you should have set yourself some outcomes in January. Those following the plan should have financial foundations in place, including a will, lasting power of attorney and an emergency reserve of cash. Some people will be in the phase of paying down their debt; others will be considering investments and saving for the future, which often means investing in the stock markets.

November 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Buy to Let continues to slow

In recent weeks there have been rumours, originating initially from The Sun , that the Treasury is contemplating a fresh increase in stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on buy-to-let (BTL) properties. The idea comes at a time when SDLT receipts are showing signs of flagging.

August 28, 2018
 
 
 
 
Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett Million Dollar Bet

Last year saw the conclusion of a 10-year wager between Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., and Ted Seides, a New York hedge fund consultant. Seides responded to a public challenge issued by Buffett in 2007 regarding the merits of hedge funds relative to low-cost passive vehicles. The two men agreed to bet $1…

February 20, 2018
 
 
 
stock market

Volatile markets and a sunny economy

Although we have experienced a little volatility in recent weeks, the overall outlook for the economy looks pretty sunny, more than I can say for the weather outside my window!  But hey, my wife keeps reminding me it’s February what do I expect!  So the overall economic outlook should support equity prices for a while, particularly if investors take…

February 19, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personal Pension

Half Way Point of 2017 Check In

The first half of 2017 is over, where did that time go!  The last 6-months marked the end of another politically turbulent period in the UK. The view across the six months belies the upheaval that took place: the most widely quoted yardstick of the UK stock market, the FTSE 100, nudged up a little…

July 19, 2017
 
 
 

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