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  • Lightning

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    Calm markets ahead of the BREXIT storm

    The last week of quarter two seemed to have all the action. Anything that happened prior to the EU Referendum was overshadowed by the shock result and the market reaction in the following days. Global markets enjoyed a period of relatively low volatility over the majority of the second quarter. Accommodative central bank stances and […]

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  • Rough sea

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    BREXIT: Navigating the unknown

    The British public have voted to leave the European Union. Forecasting what is about to unfold is near impossible, but that does not mean investors should be overwhelmed by the unknown. On Friday 24 June it was announced that 52% voted to leave the European Union. It could take 2 years for this to become […]

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  • Exit

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    The BREXIT impact

    Today it was announced that the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Since the announcement Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has promised £259 billion to calm the markets and David Cameron has said he will step down as UK Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader. The decision to leave […]

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  • Tracks

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    European peripheral bonds, the solid choice in the world of low yield

    17 years after the European countries bound themselves together with a single currency, the region still remains vastly divided between a wealthy, economically stable north and an indebted, slowing growing south. Whilst northern nations such as Germany and France enjoy current account surplus, low level of unemployment and a relatively robust economy, the southern peripheral […]

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  • Forest

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    One month to go to the EU referendum

    In a little under a month Britain goes to the polls on whether or not it will remain in the European Union. Brexit has been one of the most important debates around the world in 2016. You cannot open a paper without seeing something on the referendum. The debate has intensified recently, even Mark Carney, […]

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  • US Flag

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    How to election proof your investments

    2016 is a year of uncertainties. Investors are having to deal with collapsing oil prices, negative interest rates, the slowdown in China, not to forget the small matter of the European Referendum. Added to this is the Presidential Election in the United States. This event could have a huge impact on the financial markets, particularly […]

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  • Balloons

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    Inflation-linked Bonds explained

    Inflation, defined as the sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time, is one of the most detrimental forces facing investors as it erodes real returns of investments. Any long-term investment strategy should consider provisions against inflation risk. Many types of assets and investment […]

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  • Whack game

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    Defensive central bank policies

    Central banks have been steering the global economy out of the financial crisis for almost a decade. But investors’ faith in their powers now seems to be fading. Following the use of measures such as quantitative easing, low interest rates, forward guidance etc. many investors are concerned that central banks are running out of ammunition […]

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  • One way

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    The ECB will do whatever it takes

    With the announcement of further quantitative easing, Draghi commits further to his “Whatever it takes” policy.   Last December financial markets were disappointed by the lack of actions announced by the European Central Bank (ECB). Equity markets triggered the bearish markets at the start of this year. Now it seems that the ECB Governor has […]

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