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Bonds are often considered risk-free investments. However, even small interest rate hikes, which are widely expected this year, could dent the value of pensions for unsuspecting investors. In this article, Brian O’Reilly, Head of Global Investment Strategy, and Brian Walsh, Director, Financial Planning, outline how bonds cannot be considered risk-free investments in periods of rising interest rates and explain why investors need to understand the different types of bonds they hold in their pensions.
Equities have had a phenomenal run in recent years. However, with the US Federal Reserve likely to raise interest rates later this year, David Hillery, Investment Strategist, looks at the impact rising rates will have on the recent bull market.
As part of our annual client survey we worked with Julie Littlechild, a leading industry expert on client engagement, to help us better understand our clients’ needs and expectations. In this article, Julie draws on research and insights from the US, the UK, Canada and Ireland to explain the changing face of financial advice.
The ‘No’ vote in the recent bailout referendum has pushed Greece closer to an exit from the Eurozone. A Grexit could have a profound effect on the country and its economy, similar to Argentina when it defaulted on its debt and devalued its currency at the turn of the century. In this article, we look at the similarities between the Argentinian and Greek situations, and the similar outcomes Greece could face in a life after the euro.
Sunday’s ‘No’ vote in Greece’s historic referendum on the latest terms of its bailout has once again pushed Europe into unchartered territory. Negotiations on new proposals by Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on how Greece intends to tackle its debt burden will take place in the coming week with a view to finding some sort of compromise. In this article, we look at the likelihood of that happening.
Recent events in Greece have left Europe facing another period of uncertainty as the upcoming referendum will decide the country’s future in the Eurozone. In this article, Brian O’Reilly looks at the likelihood of a Greek exit, or ‘Grexit’, and what the implications for financial markets might be.
The political party of long-standing Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its majority in the 7th June Turkish elections. While it remains the largest single party, the result appears to put an end to Erdoğan’s ambition of a radical constitutional change that would allow him to turn Turkey into a presidential state. In this article, we look at the political uncertainty facing Turkey, and the effect it has had on its economy as the country tries to reach its full potential.
In the current low interest rate environment, private equity managers may be well-positioned to take advantage of attractive opportunities.
One of the biggest conundrums puzzling economists in the aftermath of the financial crisis is why wages have not kept pace with rising levels of employment. Although wages have been slow to pick up in recent years, we see enough evidence to suggest that employers will have to start paying their employees more, if they are to attract and retain talent over the coming years.