FINANCIAL WEEK AT A GLANCE

Equity markets in Europe are closed for Easter, whilst in the US indices were little changed, with the Dow Jones Industrials and NASDAQ both down -0.1% and the S&P 500 flat. However, this follows a more volatile day last Thursday: European equity markets were higher, with the FTSE 100 up +0.5% a...
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A WEEK AT A GLANCE

In the US the Dow Jones closed in positive territory, driven by gains among energy and financials stocks, while the NASDAQ declined -1.3% and S&P 500 was down -0.3% due to the tech selloff. The US dollar index almost reached 100, its highest level since 2017. Markets are still dominated by reces...
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Boost Your Pension Before the End Of the Tax Year

The last day of the tax year is coming up in April, but there is still time to take steps in order to make the most of your pension. Here are some useful tips from our partners at Standard Life to help you prepare.  1. Use your pension allowance Your pension annual allowance is the […]...
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Investing in Crisis: Personal Perspective.

In our previous article we discussed the historic perspective of investing in the turbulent economic times. Today let’s talk about factors that you should consider when deciding on your investment strategy. First of all, assess your personal financial situation, and discuss it with your financ...
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Investing in Crisis: Historic Perspective

Investing in a crisis is no doubt risky, for the timeline and scope of a recovery is uncertain at best. But economic crises happen from time to time. Recessions and depressions occur. In the 20th century alone there were around twenty identifiable crises, and even more geopolitical events such as wa...
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Inflation comes in hotter than expected

The major news last week was the release of US Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) data for January. The reading, which analysts thought would come in at 7.3%, hit a 40-year high and was ahead of expectations at 7.5%, year-on-year (YoY). This was 0.2% higher than expected, and the steepest 12-month rise ...
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Keep calm and carry on

Investors are likely to be feeling discomfort at the moment. Markets are on a rollercoaster ride with the S&P and the Nasdaq posting their worst returns in the past few weeks since the beginning of the pandemic. Wall Street saw wild swings in equity prices, with indices down 4% at one stage – ...
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Inflation in focus

The first quarter of 2021 saw inflation become the hot topic for investors The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines boosted hopes for a return to a new ‘normal’ of economic and social activity. In turn, this encouraged a reassessment of government and central bank policy accommodation, including their i...
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