Lessons from History can often provide useful insights into how stock market investors might behave in the future. The turbulent period leading up to and including the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009 is a good example.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Hindsight is a powerful but deceptive phenomenon. Inherently unpredictable events are remembered as being completely obvious after the dust has settled. But what about foresight; how useful is that in making investment decisions? Understandably investors would give a great deal for tomorrow’s news. Forewarned is to be forearmed, or so they say, but prior knowledge […]