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Stock market and economic commentary May 2021

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.” – A song from The Beatles’ 1967 album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Coronavirus update Despite occasional, and often welcome, distractions from the world of politics, sport, weather, travel and, sadly, crime, the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines. The world’s […]

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What does the Covid-19 pandemic have to do with Capital Gains Tax? 

What does the Covid-19 pandemic have to do with Capital Gains Tax? The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on public sector finances and will continue to do so for many years to come. Increasing Capital Gains Tax is one option available to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to help him balance the books […]

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Category: Financial Planning, Investment management

Time to take the temperature of your investment portfolios

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.” Ralph Waldo Emmerson, American philosopher Despite the imminence of Brexit and the political drama of the recent US Presidential election, the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines, in both the media and within financial markets. The post US Presidential election world is growing a little clearer, […]

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What you should expect from your financial planner in lockdown

After his shock at research revealing one in four clients had not heard from their IFA during the Covid-19 crisis, our business development director John Winstanley takes a look at what service you should expect from your financial planner in lockdown. We are hearing a lot about the “new normal” in terms of how business is being done during the coronavirus outbreak. Many businesses […]

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Staying active: the stock picking opportunity provided by coronavirus

In recent weeks we have debated at length the impact that the ongoing coronavirus crisis is having on the global economy and financial markets. One of its more noteworthy effects has been the contrast between businesses that are relatively well sheltered or perhaps stand to benefit from the long-term impact of the outbreak and those […]

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Covid-19 update: navigating a path through lockdown

As we move from April into May the world economy remains in the grip of the Covid-19 crisis and its associated social-distancing lockdown but, thankfully, estimated fatality rates are being revised downwards and the rate of new infections is on a clear downtrend in most countries. There could be a moment where infections suddenly ‘melt’ […]

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Light through the trees – a personal view from our Founder

First, a confession – I am an eternal optimist; apparently, it is difficult to live with. My wife Anne says that if she came through the door with an arm missing, I would say: “It’s good that you still have one arm and think of all the great things you can still do”. Although that […]

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Category: Lifestyle, Thought pieces

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Our chairman’s Easter coronavirus update

As the coronavirus crisis continues, our chairman Keith Thompson shares his insight on the news and markets from around the globe: On behalf of myself, Ron Walker and all of the team at Clarion, I hope this pre-Easter update finds you and all your family and friends in good health. The human tragedy that is […]

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Illustration of effect of coronavirus on stock market

Market and economic commentary: March coronavirus crisis

Markets have seen a significant and rapid sell-off during the past four weeks as Covid-19 has moved from a distant threat to a local concern, causing growing fear and panic. The key points are summarised below and expanded later within this commentary by our chairman Keith Thompson. It is likely that markets have overreacted to […]

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