Author archives: Ben Mulroney

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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Coronavirus Market Volatility

The past few weeks have seen heightened market volatility, culminating in a large-scale global correction to equity markets on Monday, 9th March 2020. The falls are amongst the highest seen since the financial crash of 2008, with fear and panic gripping traders, fund managers and investors across the world. The immediate cause of this sell-off

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Coronavirus Market Analysis

The dominant news story of 2020 so far has to be the outbreak of coronavirus. First reported on 31st December 2019 in Wuhan, China, it was subsequently declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30th January 2020. On 11th February the WHO announced the official name for

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Electric Cars

The popularity of electric cars continues to grow.  From pioneering new brands like Tesla through to established manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche and Audi, the development of electric cars continues at a rapid pace.  Consumer demand is also growing quickly, with 3,147 cars registered in August 2019, compared to only 659 the year before.

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January 9 , 2020 / Posted by Ben Mulroney / General / No Comments

Unregulated mini-bonds

The current investment landscape can be challenging for investors to navigate, with interest rates at record lows and likely to remain that way for a considerable period of time.  Savers can no longer rely on deposit rates to generate the returns they require from their capital and this is forcing many investors to look at

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Thomas Cook collapse

Thomas Cook announced, in the early hours of Monday 23rd September, that it was to cease trading after last-ditch attempts to raise capital failed.  The company was the worlds’ oldest tour operator. Thomas Cook began his international travel company in 1841 with a successful one-day rail excursion at a shilling a head from Leicester to

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