Author: Martin Pryor

242 – THE 2018 INVESTMENT YEAR

The world’s share markets mostly saw falls in 2018. Index 2018 Change FTSE 100 -12.5% FTSE All-Share -13.0% Dow Jones Industrial -5.6% Standard & Poor’s 500 -6.2% Nikkei 225 -12.1% Euro Stoxx 50 (€) -14.3% Shanghai Composite -24.6% MSCI Emerging Markets (£) -11.5% 2018 was a very different year for investors from 2017. During that…

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236 – HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

The office at PPM will shut for another year on Friday 21st December. We will re open on Monday 7th January. Thank you as always for your support. Have a lovely Christmas time. Happy Christmas! From The PPM team. The contents of this article is for information purposes only and represent the opinion of Pryor…

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164 – Quarter 3 review

The third quarter of 2016 was not the meltdown it threatened to be after the referendum. The final days of the second quarter of 2016 were dominated by the fall-out from the outcome of the referendum on 23 June. It was, to put it mildly, a volatile time for investment markets. However, for all the…

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165 – Trump…..

2016 has certainly been a year of surprises with this morning just adding to the long list which includes Brexit, new prime ministers, Leicester City winning the Premiership...... Equity markets are selling off across the world as each one opens and bonds are rallying along with gold, in a nutshell its risk off; big style.…

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162 – Date set for Autumn statement

The Treasury has confirmed that the Autumn Statement will be on 23 November. When George Osborne was replaced as Chancellor in July, his successor, Philip Hammond, deliberately avoided taking any action. He left the immediate economic response to Mark Carney and the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England, which duly cut interest rates…

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Another Chinese export

The next stage of the opening up of the Chinese stock markets has been agreed. Many major companies incorporated in China have dual share classes: A Shares, which is the main share category, are denominated in renminbi, the Chinese currency. They are listed on the Chinese stock exchanges, the major ones being Shanghai and Shenzhen,…

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158 – The Six Figure Pension Scheme

The fall in interest rates is boosting some pension transfer values. Pension scheme deficits have been hitting the headlines again, and not just those of BHS. The Bank of England's efforts to bolster the post-referendum economy have been to blame. On one widely quoted measure - the Pension Protection Fund's PPF7800 Index - the overall…

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