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Will we ever go back to the office full time?

For many people, the pattern of working life was well-established. They got up on a Monday morning, ate some breakfast and travelled into work. They exchanged news around the proverbial water-cooler, sat in meetings and came home again in the evening. Rinse and repeat. Then, on March 23rd last year, the UK went into lockdown. Suddenly,

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February Market Commentary

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Introduction  It might be appropriate to start January 2021 by looking back at last year. At the start of January 2020, we were fairly sure what we would be writing about, which included the run-up to Brexit on the 31st and a gradual thawing of US/China relations with a long-awaited trade deal due to be signed. 

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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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