Expert Opinion: What has happened to markets this year?

23 April 2018 by Darius McDermott

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Darius McDermott is managing director of Chelsea Financial Services and FundCalibre It has been a turbulent year for investors so far: 2018 kicked off with minimal volatility and steadily rising markets until, on the 26 January, the global equity market peaked. On 2 February things started to snowball and, over a period of less than […]

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Expert Opinion: One year on from Article 50: What do UK managers think?

28 March 2018 by Darius McDermott

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The 29 March marks one year since Prime Minister Theresa May formally invoked Article 50 – the clause in the Lisbon Treaty which enables countries to leave the European Union. Over these past 12 months, there have been endless debates about whether the UK will undergo a ‘hard’ Brexit – which would cease our full […]

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Expert Opinion: Three unusual ways to invest in tech

26 February 2018 by Darius McDermott

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Darius McDermott, managing director at Fund Calibre and Chelsea Financial Services looks at new opportunities to invest in tech. There is an adage that, when investments boast their own acronyms, it is already too late to buy in. One market area that seems to be full of them is the technology sector, which is home […]

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Expert Opinion: In the wake of Carillion – how can investors avoid a ‘value trap’ and which fund managers do it best

26 January 2018 by Darius McDermott

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We all like to pick up a bargain and investments are no different. But with global stock markets around the world posting new highs on an almost daily basis, and stocks just getting more and more expensive (a bit like the last garment on the clothes shop rail in January), only the horrendously out-of-fashion investment […]

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Expert Opinion: Avoiding coal in favour of joules this Christmas

21 December 2017 by Darius McDermott

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FundCalibre’s managing director Darius McDermott discusses going electric this Christmas. It’s the time of the year when carols are sung, the fairy lights come down from the attic and parents make the most of (at least temporarily) well-behaved children who are keen not to find themselves on Father Christmas’s ‘naughty list’. The prospect of receiving […]

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Expert Opinion: 2017: a record-breaking year for global dividends

27 November 2017 by Darius McDermott

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It’s been a bumper year for dividends so far. According to the latest Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson, $328.1 billion has been paid to shareholders around the globe in the past three months alone. The total for 2017 is forecast to reach nearly $1,250 billion, representing an increase of more than 7% compared to […]

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Expert Opinion: Pensions – perhaps Nanny really does know best

6 November 2017 by Steve Herbert

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For most of the last decade pensions – and pension savings – has been a really big political topic. At the 2015 General Election pretty much every major political party gave over large sections of their manifestos to the subject, yet less than two years later and the topic of pensions was most notable by […]

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Expert Opinion: Will the Japanese stock market stay above the 21,000 hurdle?

19 October 2017 by Darius McDermott

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With an election looming, Clive Hale, director at FundCalibre, looks at the prospects for the Japanese market. (Darius McDermott is currently away) Having reached its peak at the end of 1989, the Japanese equity market spent the next two decades in decline. Back then, the Imperial Palace and its grounds in Tokyo was valued at […]

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Expert Opinion: Investors behaving badly: five mistakes and tips on how to avoid them

28 September 2017 by Darius McDermott

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We all like to think we are rational and considered investors, but in reality, most of us fall into at least a few behavioural traps. We are only human after all… Here are five examples of behavioural investing mistakes and some tips (and funds) to help you avoid them. Anchoring This is when we fixate […]

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Expert Opinion: All change in the car industry but how should investors react?

31 August 2017 by Darius McDermott

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The car industry is undergoing profound change right now. The rise of electric vehicles, fuel-efficient cars and automation represent three trends to watch closely over the coming years. The combination of all three suggest the automotive industry has reached an inflection point. The growing popularity of electric cars is underpinned by Volvo’s recent announcement that […]

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