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Investor Insight April 2017

A Busy Year Already – Welcome Spring! It has been full steam ahead since the start of 2017, and we are proud to have welcomed many new clients to the Hitchin office. The news headlines continue to bring very little in positivity, with the increase in terror attacks dominating our daily lives, however the markets […]

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Caring by Numbers – John’s Story

There is no doubt that the life of a Wealth Manager is a privileged one. I am not referring to money or financial gain, but the privilege of getting to know and help our clients. The Hitchin community is culturally diverse and this is reflected in the wonderful mix of professions, talents, and characters we […]

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Chocolate Reality Check

For any child, Christmas morning is immense. Growing up in the 70s, my stocking was one of Dad’s socks (as they were the biggest), and I would wake to see it at the end of my bed filled with satsumas, walnuts and handfuls of chocolates from the Quality Street tin. As I grew older and […]

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As we said at school “Valete – Farewell”

Time’s Up
“To retire is to expire” was, apparently, the warning given to Donald Trump by his father. I don’t intend to expire but after 33 years as an advisor and, in the cliché, being ’80 years young’ it is time to go.

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President-Elect Trump: The view from Europe

‘Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?’ – Robert Orben   Political watching from a European time zone in 2016 has all been about the hour from 2am to 3am (London time). In late June, consensus expectations of a Brexit referendum ‘remain’ […]

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(EU)conomics: a bout of election jitters for the markets

The key event this week is the U.S. elections. Not long ago, market participants were convinced that Ms. Clinton was set to win, and some even considered that weak polls for Trump could result in the Democrats’ controlling Congress. This is no longer the case. The polls indicate a very tight race. Below are the most likely outcomes […]

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Why this US Presidential election matters

Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation’ Simon Sinek   Politicians come and go…but there are times when political leadership choices by an electorate matter more than normal. The US economy has clearly been the strongest of the major developed markets over the last seven or eight years, since the depths of […]

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Flying the flag for a triumphant industry

With a purple passage or two, Erin Baker, who is Managing Director of Cars at Telegraph Media Group and a true petrol-head, lauds the success of the British motor industry. Her message is “Ignore the Brexit doom-mongers, British-built cars have never been so popular and Europe knows it”. There is much beyond the statistics of car production.

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Your passwords are more vulnerable than you think

Examples of identity theft and online fraud feature regularly in the news online and on paper. More than 30 million sets of personal data were stolen when the adultery site, Ashley Madison, was hacked last year. A security breach at LinkedIn has been reported as releasing around 164 million sets of personal data.

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“What would be a safe rate of interest for a widow to earn? “Probably about 8 per cent!”

That quotation is taken from a presentation to a conference of financial advisers in 1979 in the USA. That was then regarded as a sensible, cautious and realistic response when planning return on investment. In the UK in 1979 inflation was recorded as 13.4% and the bank base rate ranged between 12% and 17%. Similar […]

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