The global commodities complex continued to receive strong investor support over the past month as the world economy entered unfamiliar territory. After more than a decade of worries about inadequate demand and spending power in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, signs of insufficient supply are now emerging in commodity markets and supply chains driven by a … [Read more...] about Shortages, resurgent demand and rising inflation expectations lift commodities
There have been several articles in the national media focusing on charges in pension schemes over the last number of months. These articles have been prompted by an independent analysis of charges that was supplied to the Labour Party in April. In this article I will discuss the extent of fees in the pensions industry, focusing on single member schemes, and the impact that a … [Read more...] about Pension charges and the value of an Advisor
The word volatility often has connotations of the unpredictable, or something potentially damaging that is out of our control. There is truth in this, but that is only part of the story. Volatility is an ever-present feature of stock markets that, in its essence, is a measure of risk. All investments encompass volatility, and the more volatility that comes with an investment, … [Read more...] about Volatility: Friend or Foe?
For a whole generation of investors, the notion of rapidly rising inflation belongs back in the mists of time with shoulder pads, the walkman and Glenroe! Since around the mid-1980s it has become less of a factor for investors who if anything have grown more preoccupied with its mirror image, deflation, particularly since the Global Financial Crisis. However, as inflation rates … [Read more...] about Inflation gives investors an unwelcome blast from the past
The cost of polluting in Europe has reached its highest level ever, but which sectors are most affected and what lies ahead as the EU targets In May, the EU carbon price moved above €50 per tonne for the first time ever. The price is now more than double its level prior to the pandemic, with a sharp rise in recent months. What is the EU carbon price? The EU Emissions … [Read more...] about What does a €50 carbon price mean for European companies?