Welcome to our August bulletin
We hope this bulletin will keep you up-to-date with topical financial matters that can directly affect you… and your money!
Well apart from announcing that the extraordinary summer heatwave appears to have come to an end there is not a great deal to say as far as the Worlds Stock Markets are concerned.
There are some concerns that the dramatic fall in the value of the Turkish Lira may spread further afield and cause a knock on effect in emerging markets and of course we will keep a watchful eye on this situation as it develops.
Other than that there has been very little to merit any extended commentary.
A successful Summer of Sport
Sports-wise, England performed slightly above expectations in the World Cup (even winning a penalty shoot-out) and in the Tour de France we are about to see a British cyclist win for the sixth time in seven years.
Global Soap Opera
World affairs continue to be presented in our media as a long running soap opera... often concealing or distorting issues of real importance.
Much water has passed under the bridge since the Brexit referendum, but do any of us really know what is going to happen?
If one ignores the obsession with personality (eg. Putin and Trump, Xi Jingping) there is actually quite a bit to be cheerful about around the globe.
The US economy continues to thrive, leading the world into a period of stronger growth and sanctions operated or proposed against trade imbalances (or states who take unacceptable positions) actually appear to be having more positive outcomes than the opposite.
Of course, many people find Trump extremely unorthodox, even coarse and far too 'direct' in the way he goes about his job.
However, the incumbent political cohort handling Brexit could arguably do with a dose of his political ‘exuberance’ to counter their apparent incompetence.
We are quietly confident that the investment environment will remain bullish over the coming months, possibly accompanied by brief periods of volatility, as has become the new norm.
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