Like a parade of music’s greatest hits, the past year in markets has been crammed full of noise.
Like it or not, the influence of technology on our lives is growing fast – global connectedness and endless information are at our fingertips 24-7, and technology’s advance seems unstoppable. In the case of our financial wellbeing, do we ignore it at our peril?
Welcome to the brave new world of personalised medicine. Potential for huge advances in healthcare could not only disrupt the whole industry. This has wide-ranging investment implications, but it could also bring greater complexity in financial planning as life spans increase and, with them, the need for good professional advice.
Currencies bounced around last month as investors debated the strength of the UK’s Brexit negotiating position, whether the Federal Reserve (Fed) will slow its rate hikes, and if the European Central Bank will soon cut the number of bonds it buys each month as part of its quantitative easing programme.
It’s possible to buy a nice new house, but actually live in the Dark Ages. Not me though.
Europe has long been seen as the unloved problem child of developed markets, beset with fiscal problems, threatened by disintegration and unable to escape from chronic underperformance. Now it’s the new favourite. But can Europe justify its new-found popularity and higher valuations?
At the beginning of the year, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched its ScamSmart campaign to help investors, particularly retirees, avoid the financial losses and emotional distress of being scammed. Over 65s with savings in excess of £10,000 are three and a half times more likely to fall victim to investment fraud.
Inflation has flared up again in the UK, but that doesn’t mean the globe is awash with soaring prices.
Just one-fifth of the 35 countries in the OECD economic policy network have inflation above 2%. Usually, that would be more like four-fifths.