Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

UK Update

The world economy has slowed and markets appear divided about what lies ahead; equities anticipating stabilisation and then recovery, helped by the recent shift in global monetary policy towards easing. This outlook is also reflected in consensus thinking and was evident in the recent half-year forecasts from the International Monetary Fund.

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The benefits of replenishing your ISA earlier in the year can have a significant impact on the level of wealth you accumulate over time.

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The Prospects for Inflation

What is happening to inflation? Ahead of the global financial crisis of 2008, the acronym that was often heard in policy circles was NICE: no inflation, continuous expansion. Despite strong growth at that time, inflation was low. That period highlighted an important lesson that has held since – namely despite cyclical factors, there were a number of longer-term structural factors restraining inflation and keeping it subdued.

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Webinars are a valuable and interesting way for us to get relevant in-depth information about subjects which matter to us. If you want to get-up-to-speed quickly about topics which make a difference to your finances, click on the screenshots below and start watching.

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The Easter season is associated with many things, one of which is a time to reflect. From an economic and financial markets perspective, it is certainly a good time to reflect, and in turn, to weigh up the pluses and minuses of where we find ourselves.

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Asset allocation is the practice of deciding which assets to invest in, and where. It is driven by the need to diversify, one of the unshakeable mantras of investing. At Netwealth we allocate capital globally – to better protect wealth and to best position investors to achieve returns which meet their investment goals.

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At the end of last week, I spoke at two global conferences: one was the Global Financial Conference 2019 in Seoul where I spoke alongside the former Chief Economist of the IMF, Maurice Obstfeld, and then on the Shores of Lake Como, at what the Daily Telegraph called the “euro Davos”, featuring the Italian business elite and policymakers from around the world.

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For many investors, their main priority is to generate and sustain a consistent income. This is usually in retirement, but it can be valuable at any stage in life. Of course, having a regular income is one thing, but how do you ensure that you can make it last?

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How to Invest Unsuccessfully

We are often overwhelmed with thoughts and strategies about how to invest wisely, but there is also considerable value in knowing what to avoid when investing.

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Around this time each year there is rightly a great deal of attention on the benefits of ISAs before the new tax year starts. Yet adults are not the only ones to benefit – the tax-free advantages for children can also add up considerably when they use a Junior ISA (JISA) to save for their future.

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