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Q2 Market Review 2018

The mood and tone of financial markets was very different in the second quarter of 2018 to the first. A challenging first three months of the year for equity and bond markets gave way to a much stronger quarter for risk assets. Both US and UK equities recorded near double-digit gains in sterling terms, buoyed by strong corporate earnings, higher...

Why we buy index-trackers

At Flying Colours, we strive to take sensible decisions for our client portfolios and keep investing as simple as possible. A key pillar of this is to favour index trackers over actively-managed funds. What is an index fund? Simply put, it is a fund that buys all the stocks listed, or bonds issued, in a particular segment of the market and is...

The miracle of compounding

American rapper 50 Cent hit the headlines in July 2015 after filing for bankruptcy. This was all a bit ironic from someone made famous from an album, titled: ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Maybe if 50 Cent had learned about the miracle of compound growth he could have avoided the bankruptcy courts. Because compounding is the key to growing your...

Investment Commentary August 2017

The August backdrop was more favourable to safe-haven assets, as evidenced by a rise in gold prices (up 4% and hitting a one year high) and a slight out-performance of government bonds over equities.  However, for sterling investors, the weakness in the pound helped boost the returns of overseas assets and led to positive returns for all Flying...

Investment Commentary June 2017

Investment Commentary June 2017. The UK general election surprise was the talking point in June, and investors seemed to take fright from the political uncertainty stemming from the result. The FTSE All Share fell 2.5%, reflecting some of the nervousness felt in the aftermath of the election but it was two other factors that arguably impacted...

Investment commentary May 2017

Investment commentary, May 2017 Markets delivered again in May with both equities and fixed income assets generating attractive gains for investors. UK equities rose 4.6%, global equities were up 2.5%, while UK government bonds returned 1.1%. The eyes of Europe focused on France, and the French general elections. The second and final round of...

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