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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Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 30 March 2020

What’s Happened on Markets in the Last Week? The Roller Coaster continued and on foot of the governmental stimulus packages, especially the expected sign off by President Trump of the US package, markets recovered some of the falls by Friday’s close. Despite this individual stock markets are still significantly down on their opening values of 1st January. As I write this update at 5.30 pm Irish time, the US Markets have added another 2% gain

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Covid-19: Update on its Impact on Financial Markets – 23 March 2020

The Past Week In Markets & Protective Action Against Covid-19 A few weeks ago global stockmarkets were at record highs, supported by data on the US economy which indicated continued growth ahead. But as Covid-19 made its way to Europe and the US, markets turned quickly into the fastest declines on record with extreme intermittent volatility. With worst case scenarios being extrapolated fear of a recession has moved to the forefront of many minds. The

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How our personality effects our approach to finances

When people gossip, it’s always about someone else and more often than not, there’s a comment on someone’s behaviour.  People watching or, more correctly, behaviour watching provides fodder for the chat magazines and the tabloids. This, in turn, has led to the huge growth in reality TV whether it’s the X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, Big Brother, Masterchef  or Iron Chef (take your pick). The list goes on. There seems to be a delight in seeing

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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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Having Money For The Rest Of Your Life

Most personal financial columns have a strong emphasis on investments. How do you get richer? How much can your money grow by? What are you worth? This is understandable as it is something that appeals to the greed element in most people but it is actually the wrong focus when it comes to money management. Those who have either read the book or seen the various films or TV series of Jane Austen’s “Pride and

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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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The Case For Managing Financial Clients Rather Than Their Assets

Financial history is peppered with stock market crashes, property market booms and busts and a vast array of stories of individuals who have either made or lost fortunes, or even both. Irrespective of the past, a financial adviser deals with the here and now as well as the future, keeping one eye on clients’ possible expenditure requirements. In doing this, giving the right advice is a subjective process in terms of possible investment portfolio construction

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