Scottish independence – all others risks pale besides the currency risk

Ben Kumar, investment manager with 7IM considers the implications of  Scottish independence for investors portfolios The debate on Scottish Independence has been in and out of the headlines for months. Part of this excitement is justified – as we said … Read More

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A radical change that could see investment in Britain’s local entrepreneurs

A Banking Spring? Only four years ago we all felt the demolition ball crash into much of the UK banking sector as banks collapsed and failed. Then we all saw the tawdry sight of those senior banking executives squirming in … Read More

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Should we sell in May and go away. No! But it may be time to drop those old tired investment phrases

May, or so the statisticians say, is usually the lowest month for the volume of share transactions, and in fact for the summer as a whole there is usually a dip in volumes which can often be accompanied by slips … Read More

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The FTSE – a fatuous financial fallacy?

Every night we are fed the business news in fairly simplistic shorthand, and you can be sure that the final sentence will be what the FTSE 100 closed at today – higher or lower. This is given almost a cartoon … Read More

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Managing global fears and folly with global finance

From the Crimea to the East China Sea there are always political fears around the globe, and in a world of sensational 24hour news, you can be assured that seemingly even the most insignificant story can be blown up into … Read More

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Reality bursts the balloon of emerging market complacency

I know we should not applaud losses in value, but there are times when a shot of reality does every investment market the power of good. Maybe we have seen such a moment recently. For years we have put up … Read More

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Rule one: not losing money

Rule 1: don’t lose the sodding stuff. Yes it may be a simplistic platitude, after all one of the lessons of experience in investment shows us clearly is that all those little incremental benefits and gains you have made, can … Read More

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The euro is not an experiment but part of multi-generational drive to a United Europe

By Ben Kumar   Europe – love it or hate it, here in the UK, we can’t escape it. In the past, we’ve invaded Europe, defended Europe from invasion, been invaded by Europeans, been invading with Europeans, stopped Europeans invading … Read More

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Yes or No to IPOs

After a dearth of flotations and new issues, suddenly the market has barked back into life. This is generally good news as it is a sign that some investor confidence is returning to the markets. Certainly speaking to investment banking … Read More

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The new billionaires and John Lennon’s piano

Summertime and the “silly season” tend to throw up a number of non-events talked up into news by a variety of media outlets, in order to fill airtime, screen-time and pages writes Seven Investment management analyst Ben Kumar. In the … Read More

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