Look forward to 2021! This should be a good year, with the roll-out of the vaccine, pent-up demand for theme parks, outdoor event attendance and participation, and overseas travel. Peripheral stockmarkets around the world should rise in the same way American and Chinese markets rose last year, although a degree of caution suggests that anticipated…

November was the best month on record for equities across the globe as they averaged a return of 13%. Markets are comfortable with a Biden victory in the US election (resulting in a stalemate between Congress and the Senate thus less likelihood of radical tax changes) and there is expectation of less international trade confrontation….

So, will it be ‘divide and conquer’ Trump or ‘another empty seat at the kitchen table’ Biden? Incredibly, Biden is guaranteeing that “nobody earning less than $400,000 will pay a penny more in taxes” if he gets elected. That only 1.8% of the American population will pay higher taxes seems a very high bar for…

The Lifetime Allowance (the limit of the amount of pension fund which can be accumulated in the UK without incurring an excess charge) is currently £1,073,100. What is not widely understood is that if the allowance is breached in terms of accumulation, no excess charge is incurred until the fund is fully ‘crystallised’ by making plans…

China was responsible for starting the corona virus pandemic last year, and now they’re taking full advantage of the fear and uncertainty being caused across the world as a result of it. The cold war with China started too early to affect 2nd quarter blow-out earnings from leading tech stocks Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet…

The US Federal Reserve has said it will not raise interest rates until 2023 at the earliest, in an attempt to assure businesses that they will not have to deal with an increasing cost of finance to keep or get their business going in the wake of the covid pandemic.  It is understandable that all…

Sell in May and be an idiot!”, was how CNBC’s Jim Cramer summed up his appraisal of the 4% rise in US stocks last month.  Traditionally, “Sell in May and go away – come back on St Ledger’s Day” has been a decent mantra by which to abide if investors wish to preserve gains made…

The fact that everyone now, wherever they live in the world, is affected in some way by the effects of the pandemic, and possibly will be for another four to six months, is enough to make any investor think twice about investing new money in the stockmarket. It seems trite to be talking about the…

It has been the worst week for stock markets since the financial crash in 2008, evidenced by the US Dow Jones going from a record high to correction (usually defined as down 10% but in this case the Dow fell 15.5%) in a record 10 sessions, and the VIX volatility index rising over 100% in…

No one likes to hear about the spread of a previously unheard of virus but the corona virus emanating from China has thankfully put a break on the equity markets which were beginning to trade on over exuberance. The World Health Council declared the virus a world health emergency on January 31st, and what at…

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