Archive for July 2012

Expectant markets push upwards ahead of central bank meetings.

Now here is an impressive chart. Despite all the bother for markets – to put it lightly – including a quite unremarkable earnings season on both sides of the pond, expectant markets continue to climb the wall of worry noted in a recent market comment, but more on this later. June’s EU summit marked something…

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A bearish backdrop but not all gloom

It’s easy to be bearish. Not much is going right and prospects for global growth continue to be revised downward. Leaving the eurozone aside for the moment, here is a short and by no means comprehensive list of worries: First, the second quarter earnings season is now underway in the US and expectations are, or…

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Protection policy premiums to increase

21st December 2012 will see the end of gender specific rates for life cover, critical illness and income protection. Gender neutral pricing will be UK Law from that date when the gender directive is implemented. This will obviously have quite an effect on premiums for new policies. Also, on the 1st January 2013, an accounting…

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