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Rock & Hard Place

The Christmas break marks the mid-point for this government and thus Chancellor Osborne is due a half-term report. The usual phrases about trying harder, could do better or has failed to live up to his early promise could all be used with a degree of truth but none would really tell the whole story or […]

Party Time?

The surge in stock prices around the world in the first quarter serves as a reminder that predicting market trends can be a frustrating business. Six months ago, the outlook for stock prices appeared to be fading from grim to grimmer: Politicians were wrangling unsuccessfully to craft a deficit reduction plan, Standard & Poor’s had […]

Deciphering the Code

With the debate over the U.S. government debt, the debt woes in the Eurozone, and talk of a double-dip recession – suddenly fairly complex economic issues are showing up in the mainstream news.  In our own conversations with clients, we recognise that sometimes the lingo used in the financial services and economic world can become […]

The Mother of Overreactions

The big news in the markets was the markets themselves: on Monday, in the U.S., the S&P 500 fell 79.92 points, losing 6.66% of its value.  The Dow was down 5.55% and the Nasdaq technology index dropped 6.90%.  Globally, the EAFE index, which tracks the overall market moves in the developed nations, fell 3.37%. Until […]

Your Secret Weapon: Discipline

Working with markets, understanding risk and return, diversifying and portfolio structure—we’ve heard the lessons of sound investing over and over. But so often the most important factor between success and failure is ourselves. The current rocky period in financial markets has brought to the surface some familiar emotions for many, including a strong urge to […]