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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Estate Planning & Coronavirus

Nothing tends to focus the mind like a pandemic.  It puts everything in perspective, and suddenly makes you wonder whether your existing estate planning arrangements are as effective as you originally thought they were?  All in all, a review is in order.  So, what should you be looking out for? These are the main areas

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Beam – Behavioural Finance App

We have come across a fantastic App that enables you to examine your responses to certain situations. BEAM is the product of years of research and based on Nobel prize-winning theories around behaviours and their impact on your money decisions. Through a series of short, simple, but engaging games, BEAM enables you to explore, measure

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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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