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Premium Bond Rate Cut

Premium Bond Rate Cut

In a move that will affect many expat savers, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has announced that it is cutting the Premium Bond prize fund rate to 1.3% from next month to reflect lower interest rates across the savings market. This 0.2% reduction means that if you hold Premium Bonds, the odds of each £1 […]

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Sterling slumps to 3 year low

Sterling Slumps to Three Year Low

Sterling has tumbled further as a result of last week’s guidance on interest rates from the Bank of England. By mid afternoon yesterday, it was down by almost 1% on the day at USD1.4822. This is the lowest level it has been at against the US Dollar since June 2010. Only a week ago, it […]

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expat investing in gold

Gold: What is the Smart Money Doing?

I have had expat clients investing in gold for the past 8 years. In that time, it has gone all the way from USD400 an ounce up to an all-time-high of  USD1,950 in mid 2011 and back down to USD1,230 today. A large part of this rally was fueled by the financial crisis, where a […]

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US and China concerns undermine investor sentiment

US and China Concerns Undermine Investor Sentiment

June finished on a subdued note for many investors. Although most leading equity indices still ended the first half of the year in positive territory, share prices experienced widespread falls over the month, with investor sentiment undermined by concerns from both west and east. The US Federal Reserve sent shockwaves through equity markets with suggestions […]

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Strange Days

New Balls Please

It may not be quite as strange as seeing a Brit standing victorious on the final day of Wimbledon but it still feels odd to learn the UK economy may not be faring as badly as had been feared. Barclay’s Capital has just raised its estimates for the country’s 2013 GDP growth and there are […]

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Traded Life Policy Investment (TLPI)

EEA Fights Back

Mark Colton, chairman of suspended EEA Life Settlements fund has written to investors after Ernst & Young (its own auditors) said that the fund was worth USD100 million less than the company had stated in the company’s annual update. In his letter, Colton hit back at Ernst & Young’s claims, saying that with regard to […]

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Traded Life Policy Investment (TLPI)

EEA Slammed by Auditor

Traded life policy fund manager EEA Fund Management was hit with a damning report from its auditor as it released an annual report for the fund a year behind schedule. The fund which was suspended on the 30th of November 2012 following the FSA’s issuance of draft guidance on what they called “death bonds”  was […]

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Week in Focus: Up Versus Down

Week in Focus: Upside Versus Downside

The recent sell-off in the fixed income (bond) markets has got investors worried and the headlines are flashing this could be the end of the “bond bubble”. Some have gone one step further – suggesting this may be the final straw for the largest corporate bond funds, which may be forced to liquidate assets in […]

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Premier Diversified Property Fund – April Update

The most recent Premier Diversified Property Fund shareholder letter can be found here. There is not much to be excited about to be honest. The tone is pretty gloomy although there is not much in the way of new information. Keep checking back for further updates. As soon as we have anything new, we will […]

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Week in Focus

Week in Focus – One Step Ahead

How much – if at all – should investors care about the loss of the UK’s AAA credit rating? The move by rating agency Moody’s on 22 February has quickly and predictably become a political football, prompting much posturing and some soul-searching among the main parties, but the issues for investors are more nuanced. There […]

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