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Recent market turmoil

Recent Market Turmoil

“The hardest work in investing is not intellectual, it’s emotional. Being rational in an emotional environment is not easy. The hardest work is not figuring out the optimal investment policy; it’s sustaining a long-term focus at market highs or market lows and staying committed to a sound investment policy. Holding

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Emerging Market Equities

 “Thirty years ago, emerging markets made up just 1% of world equity market capitalization and 18% of GDP.  Today, they comprise 13% of the free float investable universe of world equities and 33% of world GDP.”   Dimson, Marsh and Staunton, 2014. It is easy to be convinced that the

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Global Commercial Property

“Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Global commercial property can, potentially, offer valuable diversification benefits to an investment

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The good, the bad and the ugly of VCTs and EIS

Should the tax tail wag the investment dog? When it comes to considering the role of venture capital trusts (VCTs) and Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) that is the question that needs to be asked and answered.  Tax breaks need to be very carefully weighed against the material risks of owning

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GREXIT

Greece’s precipitous position and its implications for investors This weekend’s announcements that bail-out talks have stalled, the Greek government has called for a referendum on whether to reject or accept the terms on offer from the Eurozone, and the announcement that the ECB will cease to provide liquidity to Greek

CFA

Statement of Investor Rights

The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) has published what they believe to the be 10 key rights that investors must be entitled to when purchasing financial services products. Millen Capital are a staunch advocate of these 10 investor rights. We would suggest that investors pay particular attention to the

Investment Coach

Your Adviser’s Role As Your Investment Coach.

It is always tempting to judge the value of your adviser on the recent performance of your investment portfolio.  That is unfair as it fails to understand both the true value that a good adviser delivers with respect to investments and the fact that no manager can control the returns

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Pension Reforms – Challenges and Opportunities.

New pension reforms came into being on 6th April 2015. The materially greater freedoms that now exist have much appeal, yet they come with greatly increased complexity both in understanding and in execution.