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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...

Investment commentary April 2017

Investment commentary April 2017 “Investing is simple, but not easy”. So says one of the world’s greatest investors, Warren Buffett. At Flying Colours, we try to keep investing simple – aiming to compound equity and fixed income returns over the long-term. We think many fund managers try to over-complicate investing. They spend their...

Investment Commentary – March 2017

European politics was one of the key focal points for investors in March. The Dutch went to the polls in the middle of the month, and the French public geared up for their general election in April. The lack of surprise in the Netherlands, with the anti-EU candidate Geert Wilders failing to win enough seats to form a government, helped trigger a...

Investment Commentary – February 2017

The bull run in equities that began seven years ago shows no signs of abating, with both UK and US markets reaching record highs in February. The FTSE All-Share rose 3.1% while US equities were up 5.1%. The laggards were European and Japanese markets, but their returns (+1.9% and +2.2% respectively) were still impressive. Emerging markets also...

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