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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.

UK’s Biggest Pension Fund Divests From Fossil Fuels, What Does It Mean?

Author: Jon Doyle October 30, 2020 In Blog, Investments, Personal Finance
The UK’s biggest pension fund, Nest, is beginning the process of divesting its huge portfolio from fossil fuels. But what does that mean and why is it making the change? Nine million pension savers use Nest to build a retirement […]

The World In A Week 82 – Wave Motion

Author: Jon Doyle October 27, 2020 In Blog, World in a Week
Markets had a little bit of a wobble last week, with the MSCI All Country World Index of global equities falling by -1.1% in Sterling terms. The best performing markets were in the Emerging Markets and Japan, which posted small positive gains. This was, however, offset by falls in the US and Continental Europe. Within Fixed Income, High Yield Bonds managed to rally despite the wider risk-off mood, while Global Treasuries and Investment Grade Bonds posted losses.

5 Things To Check Before Cashing In A Final Salary Pension

Author: Jon Doyle October 23, 2020 In Blog, Personal Finance, Retirement
If you’re fortunate enough to have a Final Salary pension, you have options for creating a retirement income that suits your goals. But, if you’re tempted to transfer out of a scheme, it’s essential you understand what you’d be giving […]

Good Money Week: ESG And Investment Sustainability

Author: Jon Doyle October 21, 2020 In Blog
Do you consider sustainability when making financial decisions? With Good Money Week starting on the 24th October, which aims to encourage people to think about sustainability when it comes to banking, pensions, savings and investments, now is a good time to […]