Recently, one of our expert advisors here at Greenfields discussed with a client about the likelihood of them being interested in responsible investment solutions. This client responded with a “no”, and when the topic was discussed further, said this: “Ultimately, my need to make money is more of a priority than a responsible solution.”
In September, we brought it to your attention that the path for suspended property funds to reopen had cleared as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors began to remove the ‘material uncertainty’ clause. This was imposed on property funds in March following the coronavirus pandemic sending stock markets tumbling.
It is an understatement to say that a lot has happened since our last market update on the 14th of October. Two key events have changed the dynamic of the investment landscape, both in the short and long term.
Coronavirus infection rates remain at a rising level, something the UK government is unwilling to tolerate. With the implementation of the three-tier lockdown system, and the intermittent closing of bars and restaurants, the opinions of the UK population seem to rest in two opposing camps:
Yesterday, Donald Trump suggested that the U.S election needed postponing. Apparent fraud and inaccurate results could, according to the President, blight the 2020 election. Throw into the mix some of the dire economic announcements released recently and it is clear that, something that we have cautioned since March, markets could be volatile moving in to […]
As we move into Quarter 3 of 2020, many will be forgiven for asking where this year has gone! It has been a challenging year for all, know doubt, with these challenges not subsiding when focussing on the end of 2020. Domestically, the UK’s ‘bounce back’ GDP figures disappointed significantly. GDP growth was just 1.8% […]
Another week in the financial markets and hopes of a recovery have sparked a rise in the major market indices across the globe. Since our last website piece, the FAANG stocks have all reached new all-time highs (apart from Apple). The markets seem to be looking past the abyss of economic problems, in the assumption […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]