Welcome to our December Integra Bulletin!
We hope this bulletin will keep you up-to-date with topical financial matters that can directly affect you… and your money!
2016 - A Year of Shocks
By definition, a surprise is something the consensus doesn’t expect.
Brexit and Donald Trump’s imminent arrival at the White House have filled the headlines in recent months. And now in in Italy an emphatic rejection of political reforms by the voters.
Elsewhere in Austria only a high turnout amongst voters prevented another potential political shock with the election of the Far Right Party. In France as Marine Le Pen National Front Party continues to gain support, although there is hope that her party will be defeated in the upcoming elections.
We can only hope the everyday concerns of ordinary people are recognised and acted upon, by those who chose politics as their way of "making a difference" to people’s lives.
Optimism for 2017
So what does 2017 have in store? Traditionally this is a time of year when economists are asked to speculate on what the year ahead may bring?
In business terms the UK and the US have remained robust in the face of much negative commentary and we remain optimistic about 2017.
There are always those unknowns. High expectations for Mr Trump Economic growth policy may not fully materialise if this policy is diluted by Congress and he is poised to peruse a more aggressive approach towards and Iran China.
However amongst most fund managers the single biggest worry is the disintegration of the EU. In spite of these concerns the EU might get through unscathed if Angela Merkel is re-elected in Germany and Marine Le Pen National Front Party is defeated in France.
Fund ReviewIt is our intention to review funds and asset allocation through early 2017. As usual, we will keep you fully informed on our thinking throughout that process.
Overall, we have enjoyed very good performance from your portfolios this year and it is our intention to use all of the tools and skills at our disposal to continue this pattern in the New Year
Our Christmas CharityFor a number of years we have been making a donation to charity rather than sending out Christmas cards and this year we are continuing to support Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Finally, it only remains to say that we wish you and yours a very happy and a very peaceful Christmas holiday. Jeremy.
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