DB transfer values rose to record highs in August 2019, while the number of members requesting a transfer value continues to increase, according to XPS Transfer Watch. XPS Pensions Group’s ‘Transfer Value Index’ jumped sharply to an all-time high of £258,200 on 21 August 2019; up from £247,400 at the end of July 2019. The […]
Cobalt is one of those metals that define the modern world. Historically it was used to colour glass or ceramics. The Egyptians were using cobalt compounds 2,600 years ago in their sculptures. But in the 20th Century, cobalt was found to have qualities central to our most advanced technologies. Combining it with other metals […]
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Trade Deficit Today statistics were released regarding the size of the current trade deficit – the catalyst for the current trade war. It doesn’t appear to be going the way President Trump envisaged. By the end of last year, China exported $324bn more in goods and services to the US than it imported. That’s a […]
A Very Brief Update after the storm has seemingly subsided! It’s been a “nowhere to hide” situation for investors over the last several weeks. If we look at the performance of 70 different types of asset classes from gold to bonds to oil to stocks, about 90% of them are down for the year through […]
Saturday at the office and catching up on some industry reading. I just read this and it made me smile! Something for all expats here in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Macau! From Patrick Thomas, Investment manager, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, London ‘It sounds counter-intuitive, but mistakes are good. You learn from them and your […]
I have come across this very interesting short article by an American Professor who teaches negotiation! He enlightened me as to the descriptive terms for the two types of bargaining being played out by perhaps the two largest geopolitical issues that intrinsically effect the stock markets. I’m talking about trade wars and Brexit The one […]