Month: November 2020

Accessing A Child Trust Fund: What Are The Options?

Author: Jon Doyle November 25, 2020 In Blog, General, Investments, Personal Finance
In September, the first children to benefit from Child Trust Funds were able to access them. So, what are they and if your child or grandchild has one, what are the options? Child Trust Funds were introduced in April 2005 […]

The World In A Week 86 – Vaccine Variety

Author: Jon Doyle November 24, 2020 In Blog
Last week was a broadly positive environment, which continued the buoyant mood of the markets over the course of November to date. Global Equities, as measured by MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) rose +0.4% in local terms, but a strengthening Pound Sterling meant this was marginally negative for GBP investors. Riskier forms of Fixed Income continued to put in a good performance, with High Yield Bonds returning +0.6% over the week.

What Does The Future Hold For The Property Market?

Author: Jon Doyle November 21, 2020 In Blog, General, Personal Finance
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the housing market and is set to continue influencing demand. So, will property prices continue to rise, or will they fall as pent-up demand dries up? In spring, as the extent […]

84 Years Of Markets Ignoring Reasons Not To Invest

Author: Jon Doyle November 18, 2020 In Blog, Investments, Personal Finance
The most dangerous thing to say in investing is "this time it's different". We have taken a look back over the last 84 years at all the biggest reasons reasons you could come up with in any given year to not invest.

The World In A Week 85 – The Cummings And Goings Of UK Politics

Author: Jon Doyle November 17, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
Hot off the back of Biden’s election victory, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that phase III trials for a vaccine against COVID-19 were 90% effective and, unlike previous trials, there also appears to be no real secondary effects. No vaccine has gone from the drawing board to being proven highly effective in such a short period of time and Pfizer and BioNTech expect to have enough safety data by the third week of November to approach the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency approval.

The World In A Week 84 – Hello Mr Blue Sky

Author: Jon Doyle November 10, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
It looks like it is finally over, as it would appear that the Democrats, with Joe Biden, have taken control of the US Presidency. The control of the Senate, however, is still in question, as it looks as though the Republicans may have retained control

The World In A Week 83 – The Final Countdown

Author: Jon Doyle November 2, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
The weekend saw Boris Johnson announce a four-week national lockdown to try and curb the number of hospital admissions and avoid the NHS becoming overwhelmed.