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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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The Zoom Boom Stock market and economic commentary July 2020

There is no such thing as a rich pessimist – Max Warburg, German banker The year has only just passed the half-way mark but the history of Covid-19 and how it should best be combatted will not be written for a long while yet. The past few months have been an exceptional time for all […]

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Keith Thompson

Market and economic commentary: Time to reflect

As always, we sincerely hope that all our clients, their families and friends are managing to stay well in these unprecedented and challenging times. Putting to one side the human tragedy and cost in terms of lives lost and health care, there is no doubt that as investors we are living through challenging and unsettling […]

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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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Coronavirus, panic and stock markets

We can’t pretend to have anything new to say about the coronavirus except that we hope our clients and their families are keeping safe and well and free from the disease. Also, like everyone else we hope the pain and suffering of those people affected by the virus will soon dissipate. In these difficult days […]

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