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The 30,000ft View On Global Risks
      
We enter the New Year with the President of the United States tweeting about his ‘big red button’ nuclear trigger being larger than that of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, or in Trump parlance ‘little rocket man’.
Financial Planning
Autumn Budget 2017

If the chancellor was asked to produce a Budget that would not rock the political boat, then it looks as if that is what he has delivered. The total net cost of his policy decisions for 2018/19 was a little over £6 billion with just £1.585 billion attributable to tax policy decisions.

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Market Commentary 12 January 2018
Market Commentary
A weekly perspective on global markets

Whilst the economic calendar this week has been fairly quiet, the party across various markets continued in full swing.

Market Commentary 12 January 2018
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Market Commentary 05 January 2018
Market Commentary
A weekly perspective on global markets

Equity markets have started the year strongly, with both the FTSE 100 and the S&P 500 reaching new highs and the Nikkei 225 returning to levels last seen in 1991. A key catalyst for the continued momentum in equities from 2017 has been the release of Purchasing Managers' Index surveys (PMI) for December which indicate that the pick-up in global activity continues to become increasingly synchronised.

Market Commentary 05 January 2018
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Market Commentary 21 December 2017
Market Commentary
A weekly perspective on global markets

With much investor and media focus on the phenomenal rise in Bitcoin and how much it should be worth, it is time to review the drivers of a true alternative currency, gold. Numerous academic thought pieces and Market commentaries have tried to pin down gold's fundamental drivers and fair value.

Market Commentary 21 December 2017
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Market Commentary 15 December 2017
Market Commentary
A weekly perspective on global markets

Data released this week by the Office for National Statistics revealed that UK Consumer Price Inflation unexpectedly rose to 3.1% in November, ahead of the 3.0% expected. This was the highest reading since March 2012, and being more than one percentage point above the Bank of England’s (BoE) 2% inflation target, the Governor of the Bank, Mark Carney, is required to write a letter to Chancellor Philip Hammond to explain why it is so high. The letter will be published alongside the BoE's policy decision in February.

Market Commentary 15 December 2017
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