Old Mutual Paperwork – What is going on?

For the past 12 years, we have enjoyed the service that we have received from Old Mutual. Like any big corporate, they will never be perfect, but they have always spotted issues and then sorted them out. They have great people and their buying power size makes them a compelling argument for the platform of

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No time for Amateurs

This has been another good week for global recovery and rising asset prices. At the point of writing, the FTSE 100 is up around 4% on the week and the Dow Jones is up around 3%.  This continual rise in markets is certainly helping our client portfolios. Here are some of the things I am

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Bull in a China Shop

What a week this has been for recovery! Property search engine ‘Right Move’ reported that levels of borrowing and enquiries in England bounced straight back to ‘pre-crisis’ levels, whilst Zoopla said that their UK Cities House Price Index showed a rebound in house search demand above the levels seen at the start of March! Meanwhile,

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The Great Pause….

We grew up on history stories about ‘The Great Depression’. The Great Depression was used to describe the crisis of confidence in Equity Markets due to the collapse of the US banking system and temporary disintegration of globalisation. Anyone growing up in the shadow of the 1929 Wall Street Crash – felt the pinch of

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Taper Tantrums

Last week I warned that we might start to see the gloomy headlines about the dreaded ‘Recession’ word. Sure enough, on Wednesday this week, we heard both the UK Chancellor and the US Federal Reserve Chairman broadcast their fears of a very deep recession. The predictions are eye-watering. The January to March Gross Domestic Product

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No News is Good News!

This week, we saw the FTSE 100 fall over 5% from its 6,100 peak on Thursday, before stabilising and calming just under the 6,000 mark at the point of writing this article. My clients will know by now that I crave ‘calm markets’.  The extreme volatility of March and April were a sign of the

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