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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...

Nearing retirement? Here’s what the future may hold

Retirement can be the best time of your life — you’ve worked long and hard, perhaps had kids, and now you can turn your full attention to whatever you like. It’s time to indulge in a bit of well-deserved you-time. But what are you going to do with your pension money? Buy the new car you’ve always wanted? Splash out on a dream holiday?...

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 overcomplicate investing. They spend their time...

Take it or leave it? Pension commencement lump sum options

Whether it’s to invest in the house, the family, or that sports car you’ve always dreamed of, accessing the entirety of your tax-free Pension Commencement Lump Sum (PCLS) in one go can be a tempting option. If you’re approaching 55, or there already, it’s important that you understand the impact of your choice to take or leave your lump...

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...

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