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By 23 July 2018

Idea of the Day: Can we reach 3,000 in the S&P 500 ...

    The S&P 500 may have made a fresh 4-month high this week, but we have seen more tentative moves from investors – one day up, one day down.  The daily price moves remain small, which is why the Vix (volatility index) remains at a low level. The index is hovering around the 2,800 level,

By 19 July 2018

Greg Secker: Vibrancy, diversity and giving back – be ...

By Greg Secker Recently Rachel and I were invited to Paris by Louis Vuitton on an all-expenses paid trip to the launch of their new designer Virgil Abloh’s new collection. As the only invited clients from the UK it was quite the honour and an incredible experience. The fashion show itself was like something out

By 19 July 2018

UK retail sales: blame it on the weatherman…

  The UK retail sales report was much weaker than expected, with headline sales falling 0.6% in June, the annual rate of sales growth slowed to 3% from 4.4% in May. Although retail sales figures can be volatile, there is a growing sense that the UK economy is slowing down sharply, and with the political

By 17 July 2018

How much trading capital do you need to earn £100,000 ...

    An £100,000 salary is the kind of money that many people can only dream of earning.  With those that do find themselves within the top 5 per cent of earners in the UK, it is well out of reach for most of us. In this article we take a look at how much

By 17 July 2018

Politics proves toxic for the pound once again

The pound’s sensitivity to Brexit-inspired political discord has flared up once again. On Tuesday GBP is dipping on the back of fears that Theresa May’s government could face defeat in the Commons if Labour sides with pro-European MPs and calls for the UK to remain in the Customs Union if there is no trade deal

By 17 July 2018

Pound muted after typical UK jobs report

  The latest UK labour market report for May/ June was more of the same: the unemployment rate remains at a record low of 4.2%, yet wage data stubbornly refuses to go anywhere. The bright spot is job creation, which continues to defy expectations. The UK economy has created more jobs than expected in the

By 16 July 2018

US retail sales take a knock as oil drives the FTSE 100 ...

  The FTSE 100 is the worst performer in the European equity space so far today as it faces a perfect summer storm of a stronger pound, weak energy prices and some notable under-performers including Debenhams. Not even a government announcement of investment in the aerospace sector, can boost the index. However, the aerospace news

By 12 July 2018

Could crypto rise again?

This time last year the rise of Bitcoin and other crypto currencies seemed unstoppable. Bitcoin appreciated by some 2000% before it came crashing down…

By 12 July 2018

Why stocks aren’t sweating the commodity decline

Usually when commodity markets move sharply it can spell danger for the broader financial markets. Thus, the sharp decline in some metals…

By 12 July 2018

Market update: UK banks brush off EU access fears as US ...

US CPI was in-line with expectations for June, suggesting that prices are rising at a manageable rate. The annual rate of headline inflation rose to 2.9%.

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