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The World In A Week – Nine Lives

Another week where politics dominated the markets.  It started with news that the US and China had reached a ‘phase one’ trade agreement, which boils down to being a truce.  For the time being the US has agreed to suspend the increases in tariffs and China has agreed to increase their agricultural purchases.  The key…

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7 Things To Review When Looking At Your Pension

Regularly reviewing your pension is important for ensuring you’re on the right track. We’ve got a checklist of seven things you should know or check about your pension. Research suggests thousands could be missing out on investment returns in their pension because they haven’t updated their retirement age. Remaining engaged with your pension can help…

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Bonds: How Do They Fit Into Your Investment Portfolio?

Bonds are often an integral part of an investment portfolio; here we take a closer look at what they are and what you should consider when creating a balanced investment proposition. Bonds are a common feature in many investment portfolios, alongside stocks, shares and cash assets. But how do they fit into your investment portfolio…

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What To Consider When Investing For A Child’s Future

If you’re thinking about investing for your child’s future, you may be worried about how to go about it. These five questions can help you identify the level of risk and the product that’s right for your goals. Children born today have a one in four chance of celebrating their 100th birthday. It’s progress that…

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The World In A Week – Inching Towards A Deal

It was a rather lively week in financial markets, from the perspective of a UK-based investor. Sterling strengthened considerably against all major currencies, as markets anticipated a break-through in the long march to a Brexit deal. As Sterling strengthened, Global Equities as measured by MSCI ACWI were down -2.7% in GBP terms and the FTSE…

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The World In A Week – Elephant In The Room

Last week, ISM data was released, this is a measure of new orders, production, employment, supplier deliveries and inventories; in essence, a measure of productivity. The key number to be cognisant of is 50, above 50 indicates an economy is in expansionary territory, below 50 indicates contraction and potential recession. Data for US and China…

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The World In A Week – Getting Our Priorities Straight

The UK Supreme Court ruled that the prorogation of Parliament by Boris Johnson was unlawful, which resulted in a swift restarting of Parliament last week. It would appear the battling forces within British politics are becoming more entrenched and the cross-party support needed to strike a deal with the EU fading. A request to extend…

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