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First Quarter 17 – Promises v Politics

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As we have previously written an awful lot happened in the second half of 16 and whilst it was shocking, many markets embraced the resultant potential for change by rising strongly; particularly in the US. Brexit, which becomes official any day now, has so far played out broadly as expected with the UK talking tough […]

Why plans are important?

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When I started working my godfather offered some advice; “save as much money as you can”. I took his advice and over a few years invested in several ten-year investment plans. As time moved on the amount of money I had grew, and it became central to everything I did. By the time the dot.com […]

Vive la France!

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Having spent some time with European Fund Managers there is the inevitable discussion about European politics and the risks for investors. There are four key events facing Europe this year: 15 March – Netherlands Elections 31 March – UK triggers Article 50 7 May – French Presidential Elections 24 September – German General Elections At […]

Understanding how you can benefit from your pension fund

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Apples and pension freedoms carry similarities 2015 saw radical changes to the way pension benefits could be paid in retirement; suddenly it seemed everything was much simpler. I still remember the headlines the next day about using the pension fund to buy that yacht or sports car you had always dreamed about. It is worth […]

The age-old question…

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The point is that we are living longer; yet we still expect to retire at the same age as our parents or grandparents. There seems to be a gap in reality where we think we can still retire at 60 or 65 and be able to fund a retirement of perhaps 30 years! It’s easy […]

2016 – All things must pass

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Writing a year-end review of 2016 could focus entirely on the story of Brexit, or the unbelievable Trump victory; seek to understand the epic collapse of oil or consider the cultural influence of the many icons who have passed. Or most confounding of all, how the heck did Leicester City win the Premiership and did […]

A life less complicated

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to be a good investor you need the time, energy and patience/discipline to make it work; for many of us we simply don’t have that Every day we take risk without considering the consequences. Interestingly almost every action we take carries risk; the list below from besthealthdegrees.com considers the chances of fatality from some normal […]

Santa baby, slip a rally under the tree, for me

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Every year I read about the Santa Rally; this is a period which “sees share prices fly higher than a sleigh in a snowstorm”. Yet despite all the predictions and statistics I am not sure I have ever experienced such a thing. When I look at the figures, December seems to be a dull month […]

Trumped-up charges

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Well it’s now a week since the unthinkable became “thunkable”. Leaving aside the genuine cries of anguish from those around the world who ideally desire the characteristics of inclusion and tolerance from their leadership, the economic hard winds of change, ‘they been a blowin’. Trumped up As we wrote on the day of the election, […]

Keep Calm – Carry On

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This feels a bit like Groundhog Day, doesn’t it? We go to bed thinking one result is pretty much a done deal and wake up to the shocking reality that the opposite has happened. So, Donald Trump is President and even writing that makes me want to laugh in that half-crazed way of a person […]