It has been a happy new year for investors. Global stock markets have stormed into 2018 with a bang. Several “round figure” number milestones have been achieved during the first week of the year; the S&P 500 has passed 2,700 points for the first time and the Dow Jones has gone over the 25,000 mark. In Japan the Nikkei 225 has surged to 23,714.53, its highest mark in over 26 years. The UK FTSE 100 (at 7,724.22) and several European markets are now at all time highs. All this has added to Continue reading
An interest rate hike has been talked about in the UK media for quite a long time now. Today interest rates have gone up from 0.25% to 0.5%. Now that, on 2nd November 2017, interest rates have finally been raised after a period of 10 years, what does this mean for investors, particularly those eyeing financial independence. Further interest rate rises are expected, gradually, at the same 0.25% or 25 basis points step. Should we all panic, stay the course by maintaining our current strategies or tweak our future plans. Continue reading
100 Billion Dollars but nowhere to spend it. This has been one of Warren Buffett’s biggest problems in 2017. For us small investors, we are always scrambling to put as much capital as we can as soon as possible into the appropriate investment vehicles. Our problem is having to little cash relative to investment opportunities as opposed to the opposite scenario for Buffett.
However, on Continue reading
Rebalancing investments is one of the most important steps in portfolio management for both individual and institutional investors. The main purpose of rebalancing is to ensure that your portfolio maintains the desired asset allocation, so that you can meet your goals while also preserving your wealth. With many methods for rebalancing available, here I will outline some and describe which one I think is best. Continue reading