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by Alexander Beard Group, on Sep 2, 2020 11:41:11 AM

We came across this exchange on Twitter recently: “The stock market is like someone playing with a yo-yo whilst riding the up escalator. The secret is to focus on the …

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by Alexander Beard Group, on May 19, 2020 11:24:57 AM

There is a lot of “noise” around at the moment relating to the economic impact of Covid-19. As was the case in other major historical societal events the impact on …

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by Alexander Beard Group, on May 19, 2020 9:34:47 AM

The current COVID-19 crisis has wiped billions from the world’s financial markets. In the world of investing, such markets where share prices are falling are known as bear markets. Beating …

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Topics:Stock MarketCoronavirus

by Alexander Beard Group, on Mar 9, 2020 11:58:39 AM

The debate about whether a passive or an active investment strategy produces a better return for investors is one that has rumbled amongst financial planners for as long as passive …

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by Alexander Beard Group, on Nov 18, 2019 2:25:35 PM

There is a theory that stock markets react predictably to progress in elections. Usually, newly elected parties tackle the more painful issues early in their term in power, perhaps making …

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by Alexander Beard, on May 13, 2019 3:05:55 PM

The rules around ISAs (or individual savings accounts) change relatively often and different types of ISA rise and fall in popularity depending on where savers consider the most competitive place …

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by Alexander Beard, on Oct 20, 2015 10:27:04 AM

There are many ways of viewing the performance of investments. For example, we could compare the returns against an objective benchmark such as the FTSE 100 or the S&P 500, …

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by Alexander Beard, on Jul 23, 2015 11:17:22 AM

An essential part of writing this bulletin each month is making daily notes on the main business and stock market news. This month we have comfortably broken our record – more than …

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Topics:BankingBusinessEconomyEuropeMarket CommentaryStock MarketUKUSA

by Alexander Beard, on Dec 2, 2014 1:51:45 PM

On 3rd September this year, the FTSE 100 index briefly touched 6,898.62: this was within 52 points of the all-time high of 6,950 reached in the final trading session of …

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Topics:EconomyMarket CommentaryStock MarketUK

by Alexander Beard, on Dec 2, 2014 1:51:09 PM

New research from MGM Advantage, the retirement income specialist, suggests that UK adults are planning to use equity investments to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of …

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