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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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Stock market and economic commentary – August 2021

“Only Government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.” Milton Friedman, American economist and statistician. Economic update Economists have been compared to monkeys throwing darts, often coming off worst in prediction competitions. Regime changes usually take a while to fully register with investors. Making forecasts at […]

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Stock market and economic commentary July 2021 

“There are as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy.  We are, each of us, a little universe.” Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, and author Coronavirus update The pandemic has been the main determinant of economic activity in the last 18 months. Rising […]

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Stock market and economic commentary June 2021

“Our Patience will achieve more than our Force.” Edward Burke, Irish political philosopher and statesman Coronavirus update Patience is a virtue, or so they say. After years of discussions but little in the way of progress, the coronavirus pandemic has spurred the cash-strapped G7 countries to finally agree a firm tax plan for the super-wealthy […]

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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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Light at the end of the tunnel

Stock market and economic commentary February 2021

“Tomorrow will be a Good Day” Captain Sir Tom Moore. Every crisis brings forward a hero and many have been born out of the coronavirus pandemic. Scientists, healthcare professionals, teachers and ordinary people on the ‘frontline’ of the pandemic. All helping directly to battle the virus and indirectly to keep as many of us in […]

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Ron Walker Founder of Clarion Wealth Planning

Look for the light: reflecting on 2020 and the coming year

In his New Year message, Clarion Founder Ron Walker reflects on 2020 and the rays of light penetrating the gloom that should be taken as our guiding lights for the next 12 months. Those venerable global organisations the United Nations and the World Health Organisation declared 2020 as, respectively, ‘year of plant health’ and ‘year of […]

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Stock market and economic commentary September 2020

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time” Abraham Lincoln It is now just over six months since the World Health Organisation declared the human tragedy that is now known as Covid-19 a pandemic. The virus that has claimed over one million deaths and caused much suffering continues […]

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Stock Market and Economic Commentary – August 2020

“A real man smiles when in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows by reflection.” Thomas Paine, political activist August is a time for reading and reflection. This year has turned out to be very different from what we expected. So much of our everyday reality has changed because of Covid-19. It has been a […]

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