Market Recap: Week of April 27th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets moved higher last week as earnings announcements in the technology sector were received well, with investors in Amazon and Microsoft seeing big gains. The movement on some of the technology shares over the past few weeks on the release…

The Importance of a Clear Exit Strategy

Integral to managing money is having a clear understanding of the market environment and being sure on where the exit is.

Reflecting on Life Lessons from Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth – Life Lessons from Space, by Chris Hadfield Chris Hadfield is a retired astronaut, the first Canadian to walk in space. If you have never heard of Chris, check out his version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…

Everlasting Monetary Policy and Rising Equity Markets

The major US equity indices closed at new record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 rising 1.75% over the week. The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite breached the dotcom bubble peak reached in 2000.

Retirement Planning: Looking to the Future

In the film “Back to the Future”, Marty McFly transported from 1985 to the year 2015 in the Doc’s DeLorean time machine. The fact that they had flying cars in the future shows how far away 2015 seemed to those in 1985. Now while…

Weekly Market Recap: April 20th 2015

Market Recap After stellar performance the previous week, most of the major global equity indices closed in the red last week. European equities were hardest hit with the German DAX index falling 5.54%. There wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy to explain the decline, other than…

The Failure of Committees

The deflationary spiral in Europe has been eclipsed by that on Merseyside, as hopes of Champions league football and an FA Cup final have ended with a whimper. There are few positives to take in terms of assessing the outlook for a squad that…

Weekly Market Recap: April 13th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets surged higher last week, as we were reminded once again that nothing really matters other than the actions of those benevolent central banks. The weaker than expected US jobs report the previous Friday provided the initial springboard for equities,…

Has the world gone mad, or is it me?

These words from Ben Howard, the immensely talented singer-songwriter, ring in my head when I think about how much financial markets have been conditioned to respond to monetary stimulus. While central banks have engineered risk free rates on cash to zero (or negative in…

Paying for Negative Externalities

It is not every day you come across an article entitled “Warren Buffett is Everything That’s Wrong With America”. It is a thought provoking piece that I would highly recommend you read, forcing you to think more philosophically about the mass produced, advertising driven…

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