Newsletter – May 2018

We have been busy rebalancing your portfolios and where possible sweeping up and ensuring we have taken advantage of Capital Gains Tax allowances for the financial year 2017/18 just ending to keep your investments as tax efficient as we can.

Newsletter – October 2017

Attached are our quarterly valuations to the end of September. Across the board the portfolios have delivered performance in line with expectations with values falling back a little during September primarily on the back of Donald Trump, North Korea and what one might call slight confusion on the strategy for Brexit!

Newsletter – August 2017

Taking the media (including social media) as a whole, one could be forgiven for believing that the end of the UK as we know it is upon us and that a seismic shift will start to take place.

Newsletter – June 2017

We attach our European strategist Chris Bailey’s commentary and our summary and strategy is as follows; The forthcoming General Election will bring political change whatever the outcome.

Monthly Market Commentary – May 2017

Whilst ‘Brenda from Bristol’ captivated the British public with her displeasure about the upcoming UK election, investors elsewhere in Europe were celebrating as the first round of the French Presidential contest appeared to continue the trend started by the Dutch vote in March of stepping away from the populist brink.

Newsletter – April 2017

On Wednesday 29th March the UK gave official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the UK/EU divorce proceedings (just in case you missed it). Since the Referendum there has been plenty of speculation about what the divorce will mean for the UK and the rest of Europe, all of it meaningless, as in our view the outcome is impossible to predict, particularly if the UK invades Spain to secure Gibraltar!

Budget Newsletter – March 2017

This Budget was Mr Hammond’s first – and last – Spring Budget. From now on Budgets will take place in Autumn and there will be a financial statement each Spring. Thus, the next Budget is probably a little over eight months away although, as 2016 revealed, much can happen even over such a brief period.

Newsletter – January 2017

There is a lot to be said for keeping life simple particularly when it comes to investing. Last year in 2016 this was more evident than ever. Who could have predicted Brexit, Trump and that Marmite would rise in price by 12.5%!!

Budget Newsletter – November 2016

The last Budget on 16 March now seems a distant memory from a past era. Back then the Chancellor was George Osborne, the Prime Minister was David Cameron, the UK looked likely to remain a member of the EU after 23 June and Donald Trump was not considered a serious US presidential candidate.

Newsletter – October 2016

As you will note, portfolios across the board are all up strongly since the start of July, more than making up for a slow first half of the year as shown in the chart below. So much for the negative impact on Brexit that all the commentators made following the EU Referendum result!

Newsletter – July 2016

“The more things change, the more they stay the same”. It is still early days after last week’s momentous Referendum and a week later, given all the headlines in the news, one would have expected to see investment markets decimated.

Brexit Newsletter – June 2016

June 23rd’s Referendum will be the biggest political choice many of us will make in our lifetime. It certainly will affect our economy, as well as our sovereignty, security, foreign policy and immigration to name just the headlines.

European referendum: remain or leave?

All investors are likely to agree that ‘Brexit’ is an ungainly word that is likely to be heard far too often in the remaining time before the European Union ‘remain/leave’ vote on 23 June. But what should voters – and investors – think? Here we make the case for both sides… and leave the ultimate decision up to you.

April Newsletter

Despite the volatility in equity markets over the last quarter, valuations are up slightly and the mix of defensive and growth assets remains largely unchanged and for this reason the rebalance trading activity on the portfolio has been minimal.

BUDGET NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2016

This was Mr Osborne’s third Budget within the space of a year, even if you disregard the quasibudget measures announced in November’s Autumn Statement. Since last March’s preelection Budget Mr Osborne has been quietly tightening the tax screws with, for example, the revisions to dividend taxation and a new employment tax in the guise of an apprenticeship levy.