Market Recap: Week of June 29th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets were mixed last week with stellar gains in Europe on the prospect of a deal being reached between Greece and its creditors while US equity markets lagged, weighed down by a stronger US dollar. The greenback recorded its biggest…

Greek ship stranded at sea without a paddle…..

I’ve written on the Greek drama quite a bit recently, as this crisis has been needlessly dragged out and now appears to be heading for a disorderly eruption, the extent of which Europe’s leaders may be underestimating. The decision by the Greek Prime Minister…

Thoughts on health and my climb for Parkinson’s

In my previous experience working in wealth management with individual private clients, the focus of my role was providing advice on investments to help people reach their personal and retirement goals. However, most often I would find that people had no idea what those goals were, what…

Greek crisis talks, adults needed!

Global equity markets struggled to gain momentum last week as Greece continued to dominate the headlines, with the Greek banking system now on emergency life support from the ECB. There was no progress made at the Eurogroup meeting of finance ministers on Thursday, as…

Market Recap: Week of June 22nd

Market Recap Global equity markets struggled to gain momentum last week as Greece continued to dominate the headlines, with the Greek banking system now on emergency life support from the ECB. The major US equity indices bucked the trend, as US Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen…

Capital Allocation: The Football Transfer Market

Well, the 2015/2016 English Premier League fixtures are out. Only seven weekends until the opening day of the season and judging by Liverpool’s fixture list, it might be only a further 11 weeks till we’re planning for next season, unless there is some drastic…

Investing in local Chinese Equities; akin to riding a moped in China

Investing in local Chinese equities is a bit like riding a moped in China, crowded and very dangerous! Last week, the Shanghai Composite Index of mainland Chinese equities fell 13.3%, the worst weekly decline since 2008. This is the second time this year we’ve…

Market Recap: Week of June 15th 2015

Market Recap Global equity markets ended the week relatively flat as the Greek crisis dominated the headlines, against a backdrop of mixed economic data. US economic data showed positive signs that the economy is regaining momentum after a disappointing start to the year. Meanwhile,…

Greek crisis intensifies, the known unknown!

The Greek drama intensified last week causing markets to move erratically. The on-again, off-again deal between Greece and its creditors is fraying on investors’ nerves as the ending is becoming way too close to call. Early week gains on news that an agreement was…

World Bank Group cuts 2015 global GDP growth

On the economic front, the World Bank Group released their latest Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report, confirming “a fourth consecutive year of disappointing economic growth this year”. They had forecasted in January that global GDP growth would rise moderately to 3% in 2015, but…

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