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.
Smart phones, smart TVs, smart contracts, smart toasters. You put smart in front of a product and it sounds more exciting, sexy even. You definitely want one.
Welcome to the (not too distant) future
Developments in battery technology are driving the penetration of electric vehicles and adoption of alternative energy. Reliance on fossil fuels may be on the road to terminal decline, and there could be significant implications for everything from global politics to your daily life.
Legendary jazz singer Tony Bennett sang the great American song book at the Royal Albert Hall last week.
It’s fair to say the songs were a little slower than I remember and his range isn’t what it once was. But he is 90!
There has been a wave of investment in passive funds over the past few years, but I think the idea that active managers are being washed out is false.
Markets held their nerve in May amid a fresh terrorist atrocity in Manchester (soon followed by another in London in early June) and as polls published during the month pointed to growing uncertainty over the outcome of the fast-approaching general election.
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