We are experiencing post shock investment return trauma

The global economy and the financial markets are still reacting to the shocks of China and oil. Lower oil prices seem to help more of the economy than they harm. Stable oil prices should improve sentiment. China’s policy makers appear committed to stabilising growth expectations. We could now be in a period of post-shock adjustment. […]

4 March 2016 by Chris Iggo

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Income diversification: Are emerging market bonds worth a look?

At their best, emerging markets can offer access to a basket of high growth economies with favourable demographics, geographic diversity and returns that potentially far outpace many developed markets. The most famous cluster of emerging markets, the BRICS, comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – although the investment landscape is much broader than […]

26 February 2016 by Darius McDermott

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Some interest rates may be negative but yields have widened

Rates down, spreads up –  Negative interest rates and a risk averse flight to safety have pushed core government bond yields back towards their all-time lows. In fact, for maturities up to 5-years, new lows were reached this week in the German and Japanese bond markets. But in the world of credit it is different. Yield […]

14 February 2016 by Chris Iggo

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Offshore tax crackdown. Could it affect you as an expat?

In recent years, Governments and financial institutions have become much more aware of the large amounts of undisclosed wealth held in offshore bank accounts. Concerned that they are missing out on large amounts of unpaid tax they are seeking to remedy this. In response to a request from the G20, the OECD has developed the […]

14 February 2016 by Jessica

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Chaos in the markets and bright lights in the world of the arts going out. Don’t you just love January?

Volatility has certainly increased and with it the range of expectations about how the world economy will evolve this year has expanded. Some call for recession and financial crisis, others say it’s not so bad and the Federal Reserve (Fed) will stick with its rate normalisation programme. One thing is for sure, financial assets are, […]

17 January 2016 by Chris Iggo

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