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Stock market and economic commentary April 2022

“In many ways, the stock market is like the weather in that if you don’t like the current conditions, all you have to do is wait a while.”  Louis A Simpson, CEO and President of US Government Employees Insurance Company and close friend, confidante and adviser to Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway.   Ukraine-Russia Conflict […]

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Stock market and economic commentary March 2022

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam (1048-1131). Persian astronomer, historian, philosopher and poet. The Russia-Ukraine Conflict Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is first and foremost a humanitarian tragedy and we hope for a peaceful solution although the prospects are finely balanced. It is difficult to imagine what a ‘fair’ peace […]

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Stock market and economic commentary December 21

“Predicting rain doesn’t count, building an Ark does.” Warren Buffett, American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. Economic Update “Same procedure as last year? Same procedure as every year!”  The classic sketch “Dinner for One” is a New Year’s tradition in Germany and much of Northern Europe. Miss Sophie’s 90th birthday party and her famous reply […]

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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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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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