John Royden, Head of Research
Janet Yellen is currently the Fed Chair, or to give her the full accolade, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Her term ends on February 3rd 2018 and President Trump has just announced his intended successor: Jerome Powell. However, the appointment is not purely in Trump’s gift; the Senate needs to confirm his appointment.
The UK is in the midst of a troubled, even disorderly time in its economic and political history. Uncertainty is the name of the game as the deadline for Brexit approaches. Whilst the guillotine for the UK’s exit from the EU goes down on March 29 2019, few believe that a competent deal will be struck by then.
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Charities in focus
The Bank of England (BofE) has raised interest rates with the official bank rate increasing from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007. For savers this will be a welcome rise, but what does this mean for charities, their investment portfolios and in particular their search for income?
As the end of 2017 approaches, so too does the completion of the Royal Academy’s project to renovate the old Museum of Mankind Building in Burlington Gardens.
Investors are being rewarded for their faith in the global biotechnology industry’s promise to deliver breakthrough medical innovation, says David Pinniger.
Stock in focus
Reckitt Benckiser (Reckitts) is a branded products group specialising in household, health and personal care, and selling into nearly 200 countries. You may recognise their brands such as Durex, Gaviscon, Dettol, and Finish, to name a few. The last 18 months has been plagued by a number of mishaps, some attributable to dumb luck but others down to mismanagement.
Wealth Planning in focus
The last few years have shown us that forecasts and predictions tend to be wrong; who expected Brexit or a Trump victory? Despite ‘experts’ being unable to predict the short-term future, one thing that we can, sort of, predict is the lifecycle of our finances. This is what cash flow modelling is all about. How our income and expenditure will change over time – when to get a house, start having children and finally retire.
Remarkably, I realise that it was almost exactly eleven years ago when, having recently retired from Barclays Wealth, I came upon a piece of research that had been previously denied me in my most recent corporate existence and which was to change my attitude to investing. Within a few weeks I had joined the ranks of JM Finn, but I was able to retain access to the clever Australian technical analyst that worked for one of the major Swiss investment banks.