Navigating the financial impact of COVID-19

How people’s physical health and financial well-being is being affected  Needless to say, coronavirus (COVID-19) has had, and will continue to have, a major impact on our lives. It is not just impacting on people’s physical health but also their financial well-being. Research highlights how the finances of the UK’s households have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak[1].

Choppy Waters

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Equity markets had another choppy week, falling for most of it before recovering some of their losses on Friday and posting further gains this morning. At their low point last week, global equities were down some 7% from their high in early September. US equities were down close to 10%, hurt by the large weighting to the tech giants which … Read More

Happiness is freedom

With greater freedom comes greater responsibility ‘The secret to happiness is freedom’ wrote the ancient Greek historian Thucydides. And with the introduction of the pension freedom rules, those aged over 55 now have far greater freedom of choice over how they use their pension pot to fund their retirement years.

The correction continues

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Global equities ended last week on a negative note and were down around 4.5% from their all-time high in early September. This morning, European markets have fallen back a further 3%. The initial catalyst for the correction was a sharp run-up in the mega cap tech names which had left them looking extended and ripe for some profit taking. The … Read More

Funding care

More of us can expect to require some form of long-term care Whether you are looking for care for yourself or a loved one, chances are that one of your first thoughts is going to be: ‘How much is it going to cost?’, swiftly followed by, ‘Who is going to pay for it?’ Understanding all of the different funding options … Read More

FANMAG+T?

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 Last week was very much a week of two halves for equity markets. Global equities saw gains early on and by mid-week were brushing their all-time high in February. But markets fell back around 3% at the back end of the week, with global stocks ending the week down 0.5-1%. The driving force behind these gyrations were the tech … Read More

Pushing on a string

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Global equities continued their rebound last week, rising a further 2% in local currency terms. They have now recouped all their losses earlier in the year and are back to their all-time high last seen in February. The US Federal Reserve, rather than any economic releases, can claim credit for the latest move higher. At last week’s annual get-together of … Read More