Blog - Archive for the ‘World’ Category

Investment markets: will there be a crash?

16th Aug, 2018

  It is very easy to find articles and videos which suggest there could be a crash in investment markets. So is this correct? The easiest answer to this question is: nobody knows. The best answer is: it really does not matter, as long as the following points hold true: Your investments are diversified Your […]

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US interest rate rise

14th Dec, 2016

America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve (or “Fed”), has increased its target interest rate by 0.25%. This takes the target from 0.25 – 0.50% to 0.50% – 0.75%. In this post I explain the key implications of this announcement.

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European Central Bank extends its bond-buying programme

8th Dec, 2016

The European Central Bank (ECB), which is in charge of monetary policy for Eurozone members, has announced it will extend its bond-buying programme. In this post I explain what this means and the key implications of this announcement.

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The Italian Referendum

5th Dec, 2016

On Sunday 4th December, Italians voted in a referendum regarding constitutional reform in its government. The resulting “No” vote caused the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, to hand in his resignation and has raised questions about Italy’s economy and its future in Europe. In this post I answer some frequently asked questions about the Italian […]

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The positives of a Trump victory

9th Nov, 2016

Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United States following a narrow victory over Hilary Clinton. Across the media there is widespread disbelief, despite the fact that in the weeks leading up to voting day the polls were neck and neck. There are also countless lists of all the potentially negative things we […]

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US election day

8th Nov, 2016

It is finally voting day in the US election after a tight, dramatic and acrimonious competition between Trump and Clinton. In this post I explain what we might see in investment markets over the next 24 hours as the results are announced. However this is only based on consensus views – in reality different investment […]

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Brexit and interest rates

25th Jun, 2016

In the wake of the EU referendum you might have heard that UK interest rates could either rise or fall. In this post I will explain the link between Brexit and interest rates and weigh up which is more or less likely.

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Brexit and financial markets

24th Jun, 2016

On 24th June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union in what turned out to be a very close vote. Naturally this had an impact on the prices of various financial assets so in this post I will summarise the short-term link between Brexit and financial markets.

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