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Global equities last week gained 2.5-3%, reversing their losses of the previous week. This continued the see-saw pattern of late, which has left markets in local currency terms marking time over the last month following their initial sharp recovery from the March lows. In sterling terms, however, global equites have continued to trend higher on the back of a renewed … Read More

Coronavirus and the importance of having a Will

Since the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), the number of people seeking to write new Wills has risen by over 30%, according to The Law Society. Understandably, the current situation is causing angst among people, particularly elderly and vulnerable clients who have been self-isolating. It’s estimated that more than half of British adults have not made a Will. The coronavirus pandemic … Read More

Why the Coronavirus recession cannot be a costless event

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Richard Jeffrey | Chair of Kingswood Investment Committee When I first came into the City in the late-1970s, the reverberations of the 1973-74 stock market crisis were still echoing around financial markets and within the walls of investment firms. In the UK, although not described using these words, it had most certainly been regarded as an existential crisis for the … Read More

Only looking on the bright side

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Equities last week recovered their losses of the previous week. There was a lot of news out, and it is fair to say that the market looked on with rose-tinted glasses. Lockdowns are now in the process of being relaxed, both here in the UK and across much of Europe, which is clearly good news. But the relaxations are very … Read More

A Correction was Overdue

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Last week was very much a week of two halves for equities. It started on a strong note but markets fell back towards week-end and are down again today. The initial gains were driven both by the tentative easing in lockdowns now underway in much of Europe and some states in the US and encouraging drug news. A new trial … Read More

A Tug of War

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Equities fell back a little last week, following the sharp rebound seen over the previous month, though have opened higher today. Markets have been pulled in opposite directions this year by two extremely powerful opposing forces. Their prospects going forward basically depend on how this tug of war plays out.

Taking Stock

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Global equities last week posted further gains of around 2% and are now up close to 25% from their lows having recovered half their losses. The rebound has been the fastest ever from a bear market, with the gains taking less than a month, just as the sell-off itself occurred at record speed. The sharp rebound is rather at odds … Read More

ESG principles don’t equal short-term success but they are essential to thrive

Harry Merrison, Investment Manager – Kingswood Group The only constant is change. Evolution is about adaptation. Effectively managing future risks and opportunities empowers companies, offering downside protection and creating future stakeholder value. We often fool ourselves in the euphoria of a bull market that the good times are here to stay, only for reality to set in when the tide … Read More

Markets have got ahead of themselves

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The rebound in equity markets resumed in force last week. Global equities gained as much as 10% in local currency terms and as of Friday were up 21% from their March low. The US has led the rebound and has risen 25% from its low point. The recovery in UK stocks has been a more moderate 17%, aside from the … Read More