“Declaring war on China’s currency? Ha Ha”….

Last week was another challenging week for mainland Chinese shares, with the Shanghai Composite Index of mainland shares falling -6.14%, bringing the decline in January to -22.65%. The index is now down -47.01% from the bubble high reached in June 2015. Efforts by the…

Weekly Market Update: January 25th 2016

Market Recap After a difficult start to the week, most of the major equity indices ended the week in positive territory. As expected, ‘Super Mario’ Draghi came to the rescue for markets with reassuring comments that fuelled hope of more aggressive monetary policy from…

Shaping the world from the heights of Davos

The World Economic Forum took place last week in Davos, Europe’s highest altitude town. As ever the event carried a grandiose theme, with this year being the year of “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. For those who missed the event, they have shared the…

Interview Series: 11 Questions for the Minister of Finance

Ireland was the fastest growing economy in Europe in 2015, ranked by percentage change in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the economic indicator which captures the value of all goods and services in an economy. While there has also been a major improvement across a…

Choose your future now…

Choose your future. Choose a dream. Choose adventure. Choose new interests. Choose the freedom to travel, choose lying on a beach drinking a cold beer, white sand, turquoise waters, and soothing ocean waves. Choose sitting on your deck on balmy nights looking up at…

Weekly Market Update: January 18th 2016

Market Recap Sentiment in global equity markets last week resembled the atmosphere in Anfield yesterday after the final whistle. Like most equity investors, transfixed by the continuous stream of red as market participants rushed for the exits, Liverpool fans were left with the same…

Weekly Market Update: January 11th 2016

Market Recap Global equity markets sold off sharply last week, a repeat of what we saw in August of last year, with many of the major equity indices experiencing the worst weekly declines since 2011. Plunging oil prices and the decline in many other…

Empowerment: walking out on Tony Robbins’ Masterclass

On Friday I attended the Pendulum Summit, the “world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit”, according to www.pendulumsummit.com. There were a couple of interesting speakers in the first part of the day, the standout for me being Rasmus Ankersen, a performance and development coach who shared…

Interview Series: with Blackrock’s Adam Ryan

My latest endeavour to make the subject of financial markets and the economy more accessible to everyone is an interview series where I am intend to interview a range of fund managers, investment strategists and government officials, and to share these insights with you….

2016, we go again!

Well, we go again. Another year, new resolutions, new goals or perhaps for some a preference to just drift and lament what ‘they would do different, if they only had the time, or the money’. Whatever your current situation or perception of the world,…

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