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Weekly Finance Bulletin 11th of March 2013

After slight correctional movement in the last fortnight, markets re-gained profitable territory. Asia had been under pressure following Chinese government legislation curbing lending to local property developers. However on Friday saw some better news from China, with the country recording a ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 4th of March 2013

Starting with Asia, most major indices ended in the green, with the only exception being the Singapore Strait and Bombay Sensex. Indeed economic news from China came in at disappointing levels. A government-sponsored survey of Chinese manufacturing activity released Friday showed growth in the ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 25th of February 2013

Activity in markets was mixed for the week, after a very strong start to 2013. Japan’s Nikkei advanced 1.9% whilst the Shanghai Composite slumped 4.9% and the Hang Seng Index gave up 2.8%. Concerns that policy makers in China might keep home prices controlled with additional tightening measures... more >>

A question of liquidity

Pensions are rarely out of the news at the moment, and it’s clear to see why. Never straightforward, they are becoming increasingly complex – thus forcing the modern offshore pensions’ adviser to, it would seem, possess a combination of 360-degree vision, a historian’s skill at analysing the ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 18th of February 2013

Activity in Asia was light due to public holidays as Chinese and Taiwanese markets were closed for all week. However Hong Kong’s Hang Seng began its New Year on an upbeat note, advancing 0.9% when markets re-opened on Thursday. more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 11th of February 2013

Markets overall maintained their lofty levels but it was not surprising to see some losses after weeks of strong performance. more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 4th of February 2013

Markets overall maintained current levels of strength. Asia ended the week almost entirely in the green; the only major index to retract was India’s Sensex. more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 28th January 2013

The market rally persists, and most indices further complimented their valuations for the week. Starting in Asia we had a mostly positive week. Ironically only Hong Kong and China ended the week in the red, despite the latter posting strong economic data once again. A preliminary survey from ... more >>

The Foundations of Financial Planning

What is financial planning? Putting together a financial plan is not about selling some ‘flavour of the month” investment, it is much simpler than that. It is about protecting income for the future, whether that be in the short term, via insurance, or over the longer term by the simple art of ... more >>

Europe's and the World's Magic Formula for Bankruptcy (by Tomáš Sedláček)

Greece, like so many times in the history of our civilization, is  not sluggishly lagging behind us, as often portrayed in the media, but on the contrary: Greece is ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 21st January 2013

The market rally continued last week, with the vast majority of major indices maintaining their lofty levels. Asia finished the week with strong gains, buoyed by expectation-beating Chinese economic data and Japan in particular further gaining as the Yen hit fresh lows. It was also reported ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 14th January 2013

As this is our first bulletin of the year, we hope you all enjoyed the holiday period and wish you the very best for the coming year. more >>

Sources of growth? Ourselves (by Tomáš Sedláček)

There is one source of growth that is ours, literally, and it is simply ourselves. I do not mean it in a bad way when I say that one can sell out oneself. I mean that simply parts of our behavior, parts of ourself that didn't used to be part of the market mechanism will one day become part of it. more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 17th December 2012

Market Roundup: Most stock market indices have a net positive week. Starting with Asia, the area enjoyed decent gains, with only India’s SENSEX shedding 0.55%. Shanghai was the main benefactor soaring to 6% for the week. Chinese shares rose to lead Asian markets by a wide margin later in the ... more >>

Foreign spouses of UK expats get potential gift from Santa Osborne.

Anyone that has looked at some of the austere measures that George Osborne, the UK Finance Minister,  is proposing in his Autumn Statement could be forgiven for being confused by the title of this article. more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 10th December 2012

Market Roundup: Global indices were able to advance yet again for the week. Starting with Asia, all major indices ended the week in positive territory. Most notably, China’s Shanghai composite raced to a 4.14% weekly close due to continued confidence that Beijing's incoming leaders will back ... more >>

‘Tis the Season

Black Friday has come and gone in the USA.   Wal-Mart, Target, Sears and other major retailers took another step towards completely commercializing all holidays by opening early on Thanksgiving evening rather than waiting for early on Friday.  If one does it the others feel they need to follow ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 26th November 2012

Market Roundup: Stock markets enjoyed a positive week and in some cases rose to levels not seen since last month.  Investor sentiment was guided by German business data index as the Munich-based Ifo Institute’s index rose to 101.4 in November from 100 in October, beating expectation. A good ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 19th November 2012

Market Roundup: It was yet another difficult week in global stock markets. Major indices were mostly in the red for the week, with the only exception being Japan’s Nikkei which gained 4% on hopes of further easing to stimulate its economy. Japan, another major economy to be in the midst of an ... more >>

Weekly Finance Bulletin 12th November 2012

Global markets overall lost ground for the week. Starting with Asia, stocks endured a tough week. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and Japan’s Nikkei gave up over 3% and the Shanghai Composite (right) shed 2.27%. more >>
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