The bland commercialisation of Hallowe’en isn’t the only thing David Coombs is dreading: October is typically a terrible month for share markets. Still, our head of multi-asset investments has an instrument creepier than Freddy Krueger to keep the kids and market slumps at bay.
Multi-asset investments head David Coombs (reluctantly) joins the gluten-free crowd, leading him to take a longer look at food-testing labs and sugary food producers.
A North Korean missile, potentially capable of carrying a nuclear payload, soared over Japan in late August and sunk into the Sea of Japan. In response, 10-year Japanese government bond (JGBs) yields sunk too, from 0.009% to -0.009%.
Like many commuters, my partner and I have a “station” car. In our case it’s my partner’s beloved 10-year-old red Mini Cooper. Tracey, my partner, loves it – I hate it.
It’s heavy on the steering, the air-con doesn’t work and it’s continuously tuned to Vanessa Feltz in the morning. Warning lights flash off and on with a regularity bordering on disturbing. Lately, we have been umming and ahhing about replacing it for a new station car.
Despite my hatred for this abomination of an automobile, I am reluctant to replace it just yet. Why?
Have you tried to buy a house recently? If you have, you may have noticed that despite the invention of the internet, AI and robots, today’s purchase process is not that different (and certainly no quicker) than during the reign of Queen Victoria. The paperwork remains... er… paper, and legal searches still cost a bomb despite the fact there’s no-one sitting in a dusty vault reviewing deeds anymore!
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.