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Political Risk in Financial Markets

Political Risk in Financial Markets Clarion are acutely aware of the recent increase in political rhetoric throughout the world. US President Trump’s posturing on his “America First” theme and the threat of trade wars, ongoing Brexit negotiations which seem destined for a “No Deal”, the U.K. Conservative party’s vulnerability and the potential for a Corbyn […]

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Category: Business, Investment management

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Trump, Trade Wars and Stock Markets

Trump, Trade Wars and Stock Markets It is often said that stock markets climb a wall of worry. Bull markets go up the stairs while Bear markets crash down in a lift! The psychological nature of investing means that investors, being ever fearful of losing money, will always find something to worry about – politics, […]

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Category: Business, Investment management, Thought pieces

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The Clarion Investment Committee Minutes – April 2018

Economic Outlook  The Committee discussed an overview of the global economic environment the key elements of which as follows: The recent market volatility has continued to worry many investors as they struggle to assess the current economic backdrop. Perversely the February stock market falls followed good news. These falls were further exacerbated by the rising […]

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Category: Business, Financial Planning, Investment management

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The Clarion Investment Committee Minutes – March 2018

Review Risk Management, Eligibility and Investment and Borrowing Powers The Committee reviewed risk management, eligibility and investment & borrowing powers reports and confirmed that these were in order and no action was required. The relative VAR ratio for Prudence was 130 which is above the higher threshold of 120, however it is still significantly below […]

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Category: Business, Financial Planning, Investment management

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Goldilocks and the Trump Bear

The year began with strong performances from global share markets and economies, although in more recent weeks share prices have fallen back to the lower levels of a few months, even a year ago.

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Economic & Stock Market Commentary – February 2018

Economic & Stock Market Outlook, February 2018 Stock markets fell sharply in late January after US wage inflation hit its highest level since 2009, triggering fears that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will need to raise interest rates more rapidly than expected. The sell-off was exacerbated by the frothy level of investor bullishness. The severity […]

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The Clarion Investment Committee Minutes – 7th February

Review Risk Management, Eligibility and Investment and Borrowing Powers The Committee reviewed risk management, eligibility and investment & borrowing reports and confirmed that these were in order and no action was required. The relative VAR ratio for Prudence remained above the higher threshold of 120. This was due to StatPro’s choice of proxies used for […]

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Goldilocks, The Inflation Bear and a Stock Market Correction

In the late 1970s inflation in the US was well into double figures and prompted Ronald Reagan to declare that “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man”. Interest rates were also uncomfortably into double figures and this unhappy state of affairs continued […]

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Will it be worth it?

Jonnie Whittle reflects on sharp suits and the process of taking expert advice. Business owners are famously self-reliant people. Building a successful business means trusting your own instincts, taking calculated risks, and processing a great deal of information about the world in order to make sure the decisions made are the right ones. Historically and […]

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