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S&P 500 at a record high – so should we party like it’s 1999?

S&P 500 at a record high – so should we party like it’s 1999?

August 20, 2020

Where were you at the turn of the millennium? When the dot-com bubble burst? Well on Tuesday 18 August, the S&P 500 crept up by 0.23%. It was enough to bring the reading on the index to just above the previous high that it had hit nearly six months previously, on 19 February. In between those two peaks there was a fall of 33.9% to 23 March followed by a rally of 51.5%. The obvious question is why? The USA economy today is much less healthy – in all senses – than it was in February.

Category: Financial News & Events, Saving & Investing

 
Stamp duty holiday isn’t a reason to overstretch

Stamp duty holiday isn’t a reason to overstretch

August 14, 2020

Rishi Sunak introduced the Stamp Duty holiday on property valued up to £500,000 until March 2021. He wants to encourage us to make our moves sooner rather than later and get the housing market and its associated services going. Should you take advantage? Before you throw everything into making the most of this stamp duty holiday, make sure you’re in the right position to do so. You need to consider the bigger picture carefully with your eyes wide open.

Category: Financial News & Events, Financial Planning

 
The thinking behind Sunak’s summer statement

The thinking behind Sunak’s summer statement

July 19, 2020

I was driving home on Wednesday after a few days in Devon with my family and we were listening to Rishi Sunak’s summer statement. It struck me that this is a pivotal point in the UK’s economic history, because we’re facing an economic situation we haven’t really seen before. The recession we’re in now is…

Category: Coronavirus, Financial News & Events

 
Updated: COVID-19 Financial Support Matrix V6.0

Updated: COVID-19 Financial Support Matrix V6.0

July 8, 2020

These current events we are all going through have been unprecedented and worrying for many, especially those who fear for their jobs, or their businesses. I have put together a matrix (which is updated regularly as new information comes out) to summarise the main announcements and who they may benefit. The latest version of the matrix is now available.

Category: Coronavirus, Financial News & Events

 
Navigating the Coronavirus – Part 4: Economic Recovery

Navigating the Coronavirus – Part 4: Economic Recovery

May 18, 2020

The headlines are now turning to the future looking at how deep a recession may be and the shape of the economic recovery. We can only wonder how the economy will recover and how long it will take. Many experts talk of the ‘shape of the recovery’ using names such as V U W or L to name a few. Read this article to find out what these shapes mean and what to expect with the economic recovery.

Category: Coronavirus, Financial News & Events