Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Following on from Netwealth's five-year milestone, and as we look ahead to the next five years, it is perhaps worth bearing in mind the words of Benjamin Franklin: that the only things that we can be certain of are death and taxes. Even in economics, demographics and fiscal matters now occupy a pivotal place a quarter of a millennium after Franklin’s words.



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The world of wealth management has often been shrouded in mystery – radiating an aura of exclusivity where the levels of transparency don’t quite match the premiums charged for managing your money.



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What is happening to the global economy and what does it mean for financial markets? There has been a significant evolution in the focus of markets through the course of this year – so let’s take a closer look at the prospects now.



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A sound financial plan will go a long way to help you better achieve your goals in life. While such an initiative may sound daunting, there are specific steps you can take to get started and navigate successfully along the way.



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If England win the UEFA European Football Championship European Championships on Sunday will this be good news for the economy? That is a question I have been asked today, in the wake of comments by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. What is the answer?



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Each year millions of viewers enjoy the spectacle of the Tour De France. And while we marvel at the punishing ascents and hair-raising descents, the spills, breakaways and relentless advance of the peloton, we may also notice some parallels with investing.



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UK inflation rises – now what?

Inflation is rising in the UK. Will this pass through, persist or become permanently entrenched? This is a key issue for the economy, for policy and for the financial markets.



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Soon the Chancellor will deliver his annual Mansion House speech. While his recent comments regarding financial services have been well received, his message to the City should be that London will continue to be a major global financial sector, enhanced by its common law rooted financial regulation.



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The inflation narrative has been prominent this year with some fearing higher inflation may become persistent, while others believe it could be more transitory. The consensus now is that its medium-term effects may be less damaging, but what is often overlooked is that even relatively subdued inflation can have a startling impact on your future if you don’t prepare for it.



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The case for gradual policy tightening

When assessing the economic and policy outlook it is always important to anticipate what lies ahead as well as being on top of current developments. It is necessary to emphasise this perhaps obvious comment at the present moment, as the economy emerges from an unprecedented situation.



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