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by Alexander Beard, on Feb 11, 2019 5:05:28 AM

Mifid II came into effect over a year ago on 3 January 2018. It’s an acronym for Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2 and, at over 30,000 pages, it’s far …

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Topics:Financial PlanningInvestmentsMarket Commentary

by Alexander Beard, on Nov 21, 2018 9:10:16 AM

I was fortunate to have been raised and educated in Germany, a country which throughout my life time has grown economically and brought prosperity to its people. My life has …

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Topics:EuropeMarket CommentaryUK

by Alexander Beard, on Sep 19, 2018 4:39:46 AM

Over the last two decades, emerging markets have been attractive to investors and investment strategies have followed an ever globalising trend. High growth rates in developing nations have meant that …

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Topics:Market Commentary

by Alexander Beard, on Aug 20, 2018 4:17:53 AM

Trump’s presidency has seen U.S. trade policies return to a bygone era of protectionism. At the start of July, the U.S announced $34 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, suggesting …

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Topics:EconomyMarket CommentaryUKUSA

by Alexander Beard, on May 21, 2018 5:14:21 AM

If you’re unclear on what the term ‘pound cost averaging’ means, the simplicity of what it describes is perhaps best demonstrated through an example. Abbie is an investor who has …

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Topics:InvestmentsMarket CommentaryUK

by Alexander Beard, on Apr 24, 2018 9:33:10 AM

The Australian economy has experienced between 2-3% growth for the last few years. Growth in consumer spending and public investment certainly helped, but soft housing and business investment and a …

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Topics:AustraliaBusinessEconomyInvestmentsMarket Commentary

by Alexander Beard, on Apr 4, 2018 4:34:29 AM

2017 was a good year for Emerging Markets, which continued their recent strong run, keeping them on track to outperform Developed Markets in back-to-back years for the first time since …

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Topics:Market Commentary

by Alexander Beard, on Mar 26, 2018 5:22:32 AM

With markets around the world continuing to prove unpredictable as momentous financial and political events continue to unfold, it’s perhaps not a surprise that investors are increasingly concerned about when …

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Topics:InvestmentsMarket CommentaryTax

by Alexander Beard, on Feb 8, 2018 5:07:07 AM

My comments are intended to provide a sense of perspective on recent stock market events. I believe that they key factor driving markets at the moment is expectations of interest …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jan 24, 2018 6:54:06 AM

As stock markets continue their march beyond all-time highs the usual concerns start to emerge: Are stock markets over-valued? After the boom surely there will be a bust? What about …

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Topics:BrexitMarket CommentaryUK

by Alexander Beard, on Jan 15, 2018 10:04:44 AM

Another year seems to have flown by in the space of about five months. December, in particular, seemed to go past in a blur. It was, however, the month when …

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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 24, 2017 7:16:22 AM

One of the things I love most about working with investments is that it is impossible to isolate a single idea, cause or theme. All of the information is interlinked …

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Topics:Financial PlanningInvestmentsMarket Commentary