Monthly Archives: July 2017

Will Interest Rates Ever Rise?

The deputy governor of the Bank of England has stated that the bank should not be tempted to increase interest rates due to “imponderables” within the UK economy. The comments from Ben Broadbent, an ally of the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), were published in an interview in mid-July and have suggested that any chance of borrowing costs rising soon are incredibly slim.

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June was a fairly quiet month!

Well, apart from the chaotic General Election in the UK. Oh – and the decisive win for Emmanuel Macron in the French parliamentary elections. And the start of the Brexit negotiations. And Italy was forced to bail out two more banks. President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change agreement – and in Brazil, President Michel Temer was accused of corruption – the first sitting President in Latin America’s largest country to face criminal charges. Anything else? Just another global ransomware attack… Continue reading

What’s happening with DB pension schemes?

Defined benefit (DB) pension schemes continue to be a hot topic in the business and financial worlds as an increasing number of people seek to transfer their pensions from a DB scheme. Recent figures suggest that more than four out of five (83%) of financial advisers in the UK have seen an increased demand for such transfers over the last twelve months, with over half (54%) describing it as a ‘significant increase’. Additionally, 71% of UK advisers said they expected the demand to increase further over the coming year. Continue reading

Financial Market News

It’s a tricky time just now on the financial markets, and what you are seeing in the news is not necessarily being played out in the model portfolios or the strategy funds. I think one of the main
reasons for this is that the US market is probably the only area that is moving forwards. The fixed income sector has had a good run since the summer, but even this is down over the last couple of months. In all fairness it should be, because some of the fixed income funds in our portfolios were up around 12% earlier this year. Fixed income should not behave like this.

 

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