Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Market Update

So far 2019 has demonstrated a dramatic change in sentiment for financial markets. Bond prices have rallied significantly since last autumn, with yields much lower, and this in turn has provided a favourable underpinning for share prices across the globe, including the UK.

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Having too much cash may seem like a nice problem to have, but holding too much of our wealth in cash – like in a Cash ISA, or bank account – could be an issue. In fact, we can use the term ‘reckless caution’ to illustrate the dangers of playing it too safe with our finances.

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What Next for the Bank of England?

Has the Bank of England (BOE) already tightened policy too much? Since November 2017, the UK has witnessed a series of policy tightening measures, ranging from two small rate hikes, to an ending of lending schemes and a requirement for banks to hold more capital, thus limiting their ability to lend.

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Effortlessly set up a Netwealth Network – and invite up to seven additional family members and friends. Everyone benefits from a much lower minimum investment + lower fees – while being able to invest according to their own separate goals and risk appetite.

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When we come into some extra money – whether through a dividend, a pay rise or work-related bonus – it is tempting to think about how we may spend the windfall.

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A Snapshot of the UK economy in 11 Charts

The UK economy enters 2019 in an uncertain environment. These charts are aimed at capturing some of the key current economic issues that investors and savers might want to consider for 2019.

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Britain’s wealth management industry is in need of big overhaul. The bespoke portfolio - which is more likely to underperform than a centrally managed portfolio and cost clients more - illustrates why this industry is ripe for change.

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An overall financial plan is the bedrock of any successful long-term personal savings and investment strategy. It will help to ensure you are matching your savings – and where appropriate, investments – to your future needs so that you can meet all of your goals.

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Is DIY Investing a Cheap Trick?

Investors may sometimes reasonably ask: “If you are passive investors, why don’t I just invest in passive funds and ETFs directly myself?” Let us explain the benefits of choosing a discretionary wealth manager like Netwealth to manage your money for you.

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How a Wealth Manager Can Help You Do It Yourself

With an abundance of financial information now available online, as well as easy access to low-cost trading platforms, it’s no wonder that so many UK investors consider managing their own wealth.

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