Author archives: Ben Mulroney

Resurgence of Bitcoin

Bitcoin has proven to be a phenomenon of the modern financial system that will just not go away.  Despite a rollercoaster ride for speculators and holders of the alternative currency, interest in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is again reaching record highs.    Bitcoin, along with a range of other cryptocurrencies, have emerged in the last few years with proponents proclaiming

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Financial Planning in your 40’s

Finances play a critical role in life throughout.  Many decisions are dictated by the state of our finances, so having good financial planning is one of the most effective tools in achieving the life that you truly want. As we go through life our lifestyles and priorities shift and so do our financial planning requirements. 

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Market Prospects for a Biden Presidency

The US election was, as many predicted, a hard-fought election.  Although the coronavirus pandemic was a key issue for both sides, the election was characterised by the overt populist support that Trump enjoyed and played out through his large rallies, and the more mainstream support for Biden.  Although the result of the election has not been formally announced and President Trump has not yet formally conceded, we now expect

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US Election 2020 – Preview

2020 has already turned out to be a year for the record books for all the wrong reasons, with the coronavirus pandemic and global shutdown making most of the headline news.  However, despite the end of the year being near, 2020 still has a few tricks up its’ sleeve.  Chief amongst these is the US Presidential

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Recession

During 2020 the world economy shifted from a position of strong growth to severe global recession.  Although this is clearly a significant concern, recessions are a normal part of the economic cycle so it is important to look at this in the right context to understand what is occurring now and what might happen next.

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Coronavirus Economic Impact

The UK has been in lockdown since March 2020 as part of the measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 across British society.  Countries around the world have adopted a variety of strategies with many across Europe following a similar stance.  This strategy was put in place following the alarming figures coming out of China

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Recovery in Financial Markets Outlook

Since the coronavirus outbreak was labelled a pandemic earlier this year, global financial markets have suffered a sharp downturn and dropped into bear market territory within an incredibly short timeframe.  To put the speed of the drop into context, it took 188 trading days during 2008 for financial markets to drop into bear territory and

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Behavioural Finance – Emotion vs. Rationality

Behavioural finance is the study of how human behaviour, driven by emotions and sentiment as much as rational decision-making, affects how we act in relation to our investments and financial decisions.  Whilst there is clearly underlying rationality to financial markets and how assets are priced, the human element must be considered as part of this

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Budget 2020

Ahead of this week’s Budget, delivered by the newly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Right Honourable Rishi Sunak, there was widespread anticipation as to what the contents of his Budget would be. It was expected that he would announce significant increases in public spending and investment in line with the pledges made by the

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Foresight Pre-Budget Lookout

Rishi Sunak will unveil both his and Boris Johnson’s first Budget on Wednesday, 11th March.  Sunak was unexpectedly appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer on 13th February 2020, following the sudden resignation of Savid Javid, the previous short-lived incumbent. Sunak was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury and has had less than a month to prepare

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