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The World In A Week – How low can you go?

The US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) kept interest rates on hold last week. Despitean inordinate amount ofpressure from Trump to cut ratesand elements of USmarket datasignalling a need for loosening ofmonetary policy, Jerome Powell, Chairman of The Fed, stood firm. This current situation can only be described as having thekey ingredients for a blockbuster…

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The effect the media has on your financial decisions

In the digital age, it’s impossible to escape the media. But you might not realise the influence it’s having on your financial decisions. Often, it’s subconscious, but being aware of the impact it could be having mean you’re in a position to better understand the decisions you’re making and ensure they’re right for you. The…

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Trusts: What are they and what are they used for?

A trust may be one of those financial tools you’ve heard of but know little about. In some circumstances, they can be an excellent way to help manage assets and reduce tax liabilities. However, it’s important to understand what they are and where setting up a trust can be useful before proceeding. What is a…

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Brexit and your finances

Three years after the Brexit referendum, it’s still uncertain how and when the UK may leave the EU. With political turmoil, highlighted by the recent EU election and Theresa May stepping down as Prime Minister, you might be worried about how Brexit is and will affect your finances. Held on 23rd June 2016, the Brexit…

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Is an inheritance important to your financial plan?

As we make financial plans, it’s often necessary to make some assumptions. Perhaps you’ve factored in a few pay rises before retirement or calculated what investments can expect to return. But research indicates some people could be relying on receiving an inheritance with little information about it to reach their aspirations. If you’re expecting to…

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The World In A Week – Under Pressure

As the mercury rises in the barometers of economic and political hallways, pressure builds across the globe. The rhetoric from policymakers at the beginning of the year has begun to wane and with it, sentiment has dropped. Investors and markets alike need to see significant improvement from a series of geopolitical concerns, which intensified last…

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The World In A Week – The UK / US Alliance

Last week the US and UK commemorated and celebrated their historic alliance and friendship. The week included the rarity of both the D-Day commemorations of World War Two as well as the US President’s State Visit. Both occasions demonstrated the continuing bond between the two countries. One focused on humanity and the enormous courage and…

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The World In A Week – Mexican Standoff

Markets faced a tough week as a risk-off environment prevailed. The Pound Sterling fell against all major global currencies. Bond markets rallied across the world, with the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index (hedged to GBP) returning +0.63%, while Sterling Denominated Investment Grade Bonds returned +0.27%. Equities suffered across the globe. The MSCI ACWI Index of…

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