Market update - end of October 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 20th of November 2018

October proved a difficult month for investors. The trade tensions between the US and China, on-going Brexit negotiations and the EU’s rejection of Italy’s draft budget all seemed to weigh heavily on global equity markets.

The FTSE 100 ended October at 7,128.10, which was 5.1% lower than the September closing figure of 7,510.20.

Similarly, in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s performance was down 5.1% as well, closing October at 2 ...


Market update - end of September 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 11th of October 2018

For all golf and sport (in general) fans, September ended with an emphatic Ryder Cup win for Europe over the United States of America.  Looking at the comradery of the team in blue, it might be more beneficial if they were leading the Brexit discussions and negotiations.

In any event, the FTSE 100 was relatively benign in September, endin ...


Market update - end of August 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Friday 7th of September 2018

With the new series of Strictly Come Dancing about to grace our Saturday night TV screens, August saw Theresa May make a three-nation tour of Africa where she was promoting trade ties.  However, it was her dance moves, referred to as the Maybot, which grabbed all the headlines.


Market update - end of July 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 8th of August 2018

With the UK parliament’s summer recess now two weeks old, the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis following the reported cabinet “agreement” on the UK's future relationship with the EU after Brexit as well as Donald Trump’s visit to the UK feel like older news than they actually are.


Market update - end of June 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 10th of July 2018

With the World Cup in full swing and one or two shocks in the knockout stages already, you could be excused for thinking that it was all about football in June.

However, this was not the case.  We had the 44th G7 summit, which was held in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada and Donald Trump continued his trade war with aluminium and steel tariffs, which have been reciprocated by ...


Market update - end of May 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Monday 11th of June 2018

What a difference a couple of months makes?! With the FTSE 100 falling back below 7,000 for three days in March, the talk in May was when would the FTSE 100 break through the 8,000 barrier.

It actually ended May at 7,678.20, which was 2.2% higher than the April closing figure of 7,509.30. It is now 8.8% higher than the March closing figure of 7,056,61 and more or less bac ...


Market update end of April 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Tuesday 8th of May 2018

Following the Easter weekend, global stockmarkets rallied in April as fears of a trade war between the United States and China reduced on the back of a Trump “friends” tweet.  However, the biggest gains were made closer to home following Mark Carney’s surprising announcement that the expected interest rate rise in May was now less certain.  This resulted in £ Sterling falling against the US Dollar, which boosted UK blue chip compa ...


Market update - end of March 2018

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 4th of April 2018

March was another difficult month for global stockmarkets with the threat of a trade war between the United States of America and China affecting confidence.  While this appeared to cool as we ended the month, we were then presented with a rise in US interest rates and the anticipation of an increase in UK interest rates in the next month or so.

The FTSE 100 ended March ...


Are you retiring soon?

Posted by siteadmin on Thursday 22nd of March 2018

If you are planning on retiring soon there are a few things you may like to consider before you make any important decisions.

Gather all the information
You need to gather information on all your assets, including pensions as well as savings and investments. Don’t forget to include your State Pension. There are ways to boost your State Pension; such as buying top ups - which apply for women born before April 6, 1953 and men before April 6, 1951. These can inc ...


Are you retiring soon?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 11th of October 2017

If you are planning on retiring soon there are a few things you may like to consider before you make any important decisions.

Gather all the information
You need to gather information on all your assets, including pensions as well as savings and investments. Don’t forget to include your State Pension. There are ways to boost your State Pension; such as buying top ups - which apply for women born before April 6, 1953 and men before April 6, 1951. These can inc ...