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Apple is among the largest companies in the world.  The company enjoys strong brand recognition globally and extensive market penetration for its flagship products, most notably the iphone.  While speculation around the success of Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPad, or even the likelihood of an Apple Car often captures headlines,…
This time last year, JCB Advisory Board Economist, Saul Eslake warned of the risks of a Yuan devaluation: “A large devaluation of the Yuan would add renewed impetus to the deflationary pressures that policymakers in advanced economies are hoping will ebb this year.” This proved prescient as markets saw a sharp…
Some key points of likely issues in the year ahead from Platinum Asset Management's December quarterly report. • We might expect significant coverage and speculation around the proposed changes to US company and personal tax regimes. This will be complicated by both legislative procedures and matters of international trade. •…
Sir John Templeton famously said "The four most dangerous words in investing are 'this time it's different'."  As investors, we need to question whether we are entering a new technological and machine age over the next 10-25 years that could disrupt most businesses and possibly society as we know it. …
Despite signs of economic recovery, Europe, indeed the developed world, has been engulfed by a wave of anti-establishment movements over the past year. What is going on? And why? Charles Weule's on-the-ground report from Germany, the heart of Europe's immigration crisis, may help shed some light.  Charles was a former…
One of the most common questions financial advisers are asked is "how much can I spend in retirement without running out of money", and "do I have enough to retire on?". To help those who are contemplating retirement, or already retired and questioning their existing reitrement funding plans, we have…
  21st April 2017 Investment markets and key developments over the past week Uncertainty around the outcome of the first round of the French Presidential election and continuing geopolitical tensions (particularly around North Korea) weighed on equity markets over the past week. The US share market was flat over the week,…