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15 May, 2020

Global Update Piece – Written 15 May 2020

Stock market history is packed with drama: the 1929 crash; Black Monday in 1987, when share prices lost 20% in a day; the dotcom mania in 1999. With such precedents, nothing should come as a surprise, but the past eight weeks have been remarkable, nonetheless. A gut-wrenching sell-off in shares has been followed by a delirious […]

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1 May, 2020

Global Update – Written on 01 May 2020

Now that Boris Johnson has returned to full time work and next week we will receive a ‘comprehensive plan’ on how the economy will restart after the UK has past the peak, we seem to be seeing light at the end of the tunnel in our fight against COVID-19. However, whilst this is of course […]

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17 Apr, 2020

Global Update – Written on 17th April 2020

The emergency airdrop of fiscal and monetary support provided to fight back in the battle against the coronavirus impact on the global economy continues to prevent further dives in the world markets. In fact, some markets have even rallied over the past weeks with the FTSE 100 recording its best week in 11 years after […]

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14 Apr, 2020

Property Funds Update – Written on the 14th April 2020

It is prudent to bring to your attention that all property funds that can be invested in within the UK market have been suspended. The problem is a property-fund-wide issue, but it is important to know that it is NOT related to liquidity concerns, but rather that valuations of assets in the portfolio cannot accurately […]

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1 Apr, 2020

Global Update – Written on the 1st April 2020

This week has seen a strange malaise take hold across both public life and global markets, as populations become accustomed to a new way of living. The next two to three weeks is seen to be absolutely critical in the response against this virus. The key question is whether the lock-down policies pursued in Europe […]

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25 Mar, 2020

Global Update – Written on the 25th March 2020

The term ‘unprecedented’ has never been so widely used both in terms of the wider media and when describing global market movements in recent weeks. But it perfectly summarises the situation that we are currently in – what seemed unthinkable just 4 weeks ago in terms of western governments intervening in economies has now seen […]

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18 Mar, 2020

Global Update – Written on the 17th March 2020

In another unprecedented week for global markets, we have now entered a new phase of the virus response in the UK. The ultimate toll that this will have on the domestic economy is almost impossible to quantify at this stage. As we are writing this, the UK chancellor is preparing a stimulus package in the […]

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10 Mar, 2020

Global Update – Written on the 10th March 2020

The disruption and uncertainty triggered by the coronavirus outbreak has raised the key question of whether the impact will be short-lived or will mark a longer-term inflection point for the global economy – perhaps even a recession. The effect that the virus has now had on Italy, with the whole country in lockdown, shows the […]

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28 Feb, 2020

Global Update – written on the 28th of February 2020

As I’m sure you are aware with the various media reports on global stock markets, we are currently experiencing tough market conditions. 2019 had been a very good year for nearly every asset class on the whole, recovering fully from some of the difficult conditions seen at the tail end of 2018. But moving into […]

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26 Feb, 2020

When doing nothing is best

From time to time, stock markets go through periods of uncertainty. This could be down to some poor economic news or perhaps due to a political crisis. The sharp falls that can be experienced at such times are understandably unsettling for investors. They can even tempt some to change their long-term plan by selling their […]

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