Category: Savings & Investment

189 – The NASDAQ hits 6000

The market most associated with US technology shares reached a new high in April. You may be old enough to remember that the end of the 20th century was marked by a surge in the value of technology shares in the United States. Many of these were traded on the NASDAQ market, which became synonymous…

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171 – Interest rates in 2017

On 15 December, the US Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its key short term interest rate by 0.25%, to a range between 0.5% and 0.75%. It had made the same increase 12 months previously. When the Christmas 2015 rate rise occurred, the central bank was implicitly expecting to raise rates four times during 2016. However, a…

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167 – Marmite Wars

Inflation rose to 1% in September, but that will not be the end of the story. Last month a spat between Tesco and Unilever over the pricing of products under a new contract saw Marmite temporarily removed from the shelves of Tesco’s internet shopping website. The two parties resolved the issue quickly once it hit…

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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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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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153 – Property Fund Lock Ins

July saw several major property funds suspend dealings. One of the unexpected outcomes of the UK's vote to leave the European Union on 23 June has been that at least eight property funds have suspended dealings, meaning that investors cannot cash in their holdings. Some other funds have applied large discounts to prices for those…

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