Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 27 April 2020

The virus persists Boris Johnston has returned to work this morning and on first glance appears to be a far slimmer version of himself from a few weeks ago, evidence, if it was ever needed, of the severity of the personal impact of Covid-19. As at the time of writing the UK has 20,800 deaths which were based on hospital counts of those infected. This figure does not include those from nursing homes which based

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Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 20 April 2020

What is R0 and why is it important? R0 is a statistical representation that epidemiologists use to describe how an infectious disease spreads through a population. Put simply, the average sick person, in a totally receptive population, must be able to get at least one other person sick (R0 = 1) for the disease to spread. If a disease spreads to fewer than one person, on average, an outbreak can’t happen. So, all epidemics involve

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Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 13 April 2020

Escaping from the Lockdown In the context of global health and economic history, the Covid-19 economic impact was initially viewed as a short term problem, albeit one with serious ramifications. As the realisation of growing infection and mortality rates take hold political leaders everywhere are now starting to grapple with balancing the medical and social issues against    the economic impact on their own country. There’s now a real concern about whether the medical management and

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Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 6 April 2020

Some Perspective On The Medical Issues While daily updates in infection and mortality statistics of the virus relay its spread and impact, it is also a record of a global failure in disease control by way of alertness and population monitoring. The official one million mark of cases infected is somewhat misleading as these are the numbers of suspected cases who have tested positive for the virus. It does not include those in the global

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same.

It’s that time again when many commercial organisations are looking to kickstart their year off with a big marketing event so that they can display their wares in a good light and, hopefully, generate substantial new business volumes over the coming 12 months. The Financial Services Industry is no different. In the next few weeks, if past years’ experiences are likely to be repeated, I will receive invitations by at least 6 different investment fund

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Why Can’t Investing Be Risk Free?

In writing this piece, I’m inclined to reflect on the saying that “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Everything in life has both negative and positive aspects to it. It’s just that sometimes we don’t see the negatives or if we do, we choose to ignore them in favour of the more comfortable outcome that we desire. Personal investing falls into this overall category as well. Over the many years of advising clients

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10 Tips To Improve Your Financial Wellbeing.

Every so often I come across a new client who is searching for the magic elixir of finance – the quick fix to all their financial woes. What they are really seeking is a quick and easy way to make more money without taking risk or putting in time. Unfortunately financial management on a personal level and the advice that is needed is not sexy or glamorous. In fact, it’s plain dull and boring. Nevertheless

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Why Good Investing Is Not Exciting?

Investors are a worrisome lot. When markets are falling many can get upset. Should they sell? Should they buy more? When markets are rising, the questions are the same. Should they sell? Should they buy more? It also depends on what asset is in the news. For a long time it was property, then gold, then bonds, then equities. What should I buy? What should I sell? Sometimes the easiest thing to do is to

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Smart Investing – Why Your Behaviour Influences Your Own Wealth More than Market Movements

Every so often I meet a personal investor who will tell me that now is the right time or the wrong time to invest, depending on whether the markets are going up or down as well as depending on that individual’s past experience.  Despite having 30 years of investment experience I never get into an argument with them because I know something they don’t. Namely, very, very experienced investment professionals rarely, if ever, out think

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What To Do With Cash!

Stock markets are now at all time highs. Who would have thought that we would be saying that after the Global Financial Crisis back in 2008. Surely equity markets are now toppy? Many investors who went to cash around then have been too frightened to come back into the market in the intervening period and are now only considering re-entering after an almost 200% gain in stock prices. If anything this sounds like a classic

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