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Stock market and economic commentary October 2021

“October: This is just one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks & shares. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.” – Mark Twain Economic update Doom sells. Whether stock markets and economies are rosy or wobbly, making predictions of impending disaster is something of […]

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How to mitigate the effects of inflation on your assets

What is happening? “I have little doubt that with excess savings, new stimulus savings, huge deficit spending, more quantitative easing, a new potential infrastructure bill, a successful vaccine roll out and euphoria around the end of the pandemic, that the US economy will likely boom. This boom could easily run into 2023 because all spending […]

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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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Stock market and economic commentary March 2021

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future” – Niels Bohr, Nobel Laureate in Physics. Stock markets can often be likened to spoiled and obstreperous toddlers and the role of central bankers to that of the harassed parent. As a parent you must inculcate sufficient discipline whilst also making sure the youngsters can […]

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Cash crisis – the risk of rock bottom interest rates

“Interest rates are to asset prices what gravity is to an apple. When there are low interest rates, there is a low gravitational pull on asset prices.”  Warren Buffett In February 2009 when base interest rates had just been cut to 1% per annum, I had a friendly wager with an accountant friend about the […]

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