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January Market Commentary

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Introduction  2020 has been a year like no other, and yet – as we will see below – the majority of world stock markets have enjoyed a good year. It was also a good year for Joe Biden, who defeated Donald Trump in November’s Presidential election, and for supporters of Brexit.  Finally, some 4½ years

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A merry Christmas to all

Christmas is fast approaching! Although we may be eating, drinking and being merry in a slightly different manner to the usual, we shall be merry nonetheless. As we come to the end of a challenging year full of unexpected experiences, perhaps we can take some positive lessons forward with us into 2021. In the spirit

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December Market Commentary

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Introduction  Is the end of November a time to celebrate? All the stock markets we cover in the Bulletin made significant gains in the month; the UK’s second national lockdown ends this week and, as we write, Christmas is a little over three weeks away.  Or is the glass half-empty? We’re going to come out

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Market reaction to the US election

After a tumultuous election which saw some unexpected results such as Georgia swinging in the Democrats’ favour, and protests at polling stations which involved chants of both “Count the votes!” and “Stop the count!” the dust has begun to settle, somewhat. Many of President Trump’s series of lawsuits contesting results in states such as Wisconsin

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How Brexit may affect the Stock Exchanges

As the UK is set to depart from the frameworks of the EU, there is concern amidst London’s biggest share trading venues surrounding the topic of where they may be able to buy and sell European stocks and where they may not. The dilemma In order for trading to continue as normal, the EU would

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November market commentary

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Introduction  The end of October brought plenty of bad news for Western economies as scientists stood in front of graphs and talked of ‘inexorable rises’ and ‘exponential increases.’  Unsurprisingly, stock markets duly took note. We report on 12 major stock markets and only two, India and Hong Kong, were up in October, with all the

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How long term home working will affect your finances

There’s a chance that many workplaces may never return to office. Several prominent tech firms have already said that their staff can continue to work from home even after the pandemic and the evidence suggests that a large number of other employers are thinking the same thing. Essentially, the pandemic accelerated an already established shift

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Hidden financial damage of Covid

The Covid crash has threatened the prosperity of millions across the country. While government support measures have gone some way to mitigate its effects, there has been an unseen level of redundancies and a recession of historical proportions. However, some of the financial consequences will be slightly more insidious as the impacts slowly ripple outwards

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How much to save for your pension?

Research shows that we put ambitious targets on our retirement income and then underestimate how much we need to save to get there. Before we delve into how much you should be saving, here’s a quick overview of the two main types of pension schemes: In a defined benefit scheme your employer promises to deliver

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The Chancellor’s Winter Economic Plan

In December 2019, the Conservatives won an 80 seat majority in the General Election and three months later, new Chancellor Rishi Sunak presented his first Budget. But by then there was a large cloud on the horizon – the outbreak of Covid-19.  The Chancellor used his Budget speech in March to present a raft of

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