Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Private school fees in the UK rose by 3.5% last year, according to the latest figures from the Independent Schools Council (ISC) released in May. Boarding fees rose by 4.1%, while day fees increased by 3.5%. While the ISC reports that this is the lowest increase since 1994, fees hikes continue to outstrip earnings growth and inflation.

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UK General Election: what to look for

With the UK General Election fast approaching on Thursday June 8th, what are the key issues for investors? And, in the case of a shock election outcome, what would be the implications for financial markets?

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UK General Election: what to look for

With the UK General Election fast approaching on Thursday June 8th, what are the key issues for investors? And, in the case of a shock election outcome, what would be the implications for financial markets?

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Managing Market Volatility

Volatility is an important measure in financial markets. At times of stress or uncertainty, volatility rises. In contrast, low volatility is usually associated with stable or predictable conditions. In recent months, volatility has been relatively low.

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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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UK inflation: An Update

Inflation is one of the key current domestic issues the UK economy faces. And in turn it drives monetary policy and has a major influence on the outlook for financial markets. Since the Referendum result last June, the UK economy has performed very much as we had expected - even though at the time our view differed from the consensus.

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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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The results of yesterday’s French Presidential election were broadly in line with the polls, as centrist Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious with 66% of the votes, emphatically defeating the far-right Marine Le Pen.

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Our research team has developed a simple way to demonstrate the impact of fees over the years on one's investments. We called it the 'Netwealth Wallet Card' and every savvy investor should carry one.

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The IMF’s Outlook for Global Growth

Away from the focus on politics in the UK or France, it is important to not lose sight of the latest developments in the global economy. The world economy is growing at a solid pace. This is best reflected in the fact that at its recent spring meetings in Washington, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised up its forecasts for global growth.

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