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November Market Commentary

Introduction October was, to put it mildly, an eventful month. It was a month which saw the majority of markets on which we report down steeply, as fears of higher interest rates in the US combined with worries about the US/China trade war. There was, however, one market that went up sharply: Brazil elected a […]

5 key budget takeaways

This year Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his autumn budget a few weeks earlier than usual. Normally the budget is released in mid-November, but this year he gave the budget on 29 October. In the run up to Brexit, Hammond didn’t release any huge announcements. Perhaps he wants to leave plenty of room to accommodate for […]

The top 4 places to buy a home abroad in 2018

It’s not difficult to see why Briton’s find buying a property abroad so attractive. High house prices, a temperamental climate and long working hours in the UK can make buying a property abroad seem like a highly desirable option. Whether for a holiday property or somewhere to live long term, here are our top places […]

Art – a good investment?

For some investors, stocks and shares are just not enough. Much of the investment appeal lies in the possibility of owning something truly spectacular, rather than achieving maximum returns. It’s often this that propels people to enter the rather unusual asset class of fine art. ‘Girl with Balloon’, a painting by the Bristolian street artist […]

October Market Commentary

Introduction On Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 the United States will go to the polls to elect its next President. All the indications are that Donald Trump will stand for a second term and if the words of Bill Clinton – “It’s the economy, stupid” – are to be believed, he will win. While not wanting […]

What might be in the Autumn Budget?

In normal years, the Autumn Budget (formerly the Autumn Statement) is announced in November. However, with less than 6 months left on the countdown to Brexit, this year is far from a normal year. At the end of September, Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed that the Autumn Budget would be released on 29 October which is […]

3 financial fears this Halloween and how to overcome them

With Halloween on the horizon, it’s time to be prepared for scary movies on TV, ghosts and ghouls trick-or-treating at your door and listening extra carefully for things that go bump in the night. But whilst these fears might be unfounded, it might be a good time to think about what frightens you in your […]

The Quirky Investor’s Guide: Wine

Wine is perhaps the most quintessential ‘fun’ investment choice. However, wine is more than just fun – it’s incredibly profitable. Fine wine is one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years. What’s more, it’s rising in value. The Liv-Ex Fine Wine 100 index has more than trebled since its launch in […]

September Market Commentary

Introduction August used to be known as the ‘silly season’. Everyone who made the news was away on holiday, nothing happened and newspapers were desperate to fill their pages. So rather more obscure stories made it into print… That, of course, was before Donald Trump. And Brexit. And Venezuela, Argentina and Greece. And… In short, […]

The Quirky Investor’s Guide: Classic Cars

Except for property, we rarely invest our money into something we can actually use, let alone anything that is going to give us hours and hours of fun. Even if you invest in gold, which might sound like a more interesting option, it’s not as if you can actually wear your invested gold as jewellery… […]

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