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Mellon on the Markets: The times they are a changin’

Mellon on the Markets: The times they are a changin’

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I was recently invited to a Conservative Party lunch hosted by the City and Westminster Tory Association. It was a jolly affair, with hundreds of well-oiled attendees, and despite the recent electoral setback, the mood appeared quite upbeat. Mrs May, to her credit given the recent events, made a formulaic speech that was well received,…

How worried should investors be of a ‘crash’ Brexit?

How worried should investors be of a ‘crash’ Brexit?

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The FTSE-100 has been gliding around the stratospheric 7,500 level. So everything must be alright, then? Not necessarily. The FTSE-100 is powered by international market sentiment and the relative weakness of the Pound, which makes British blue chips look good value. Now confidence is on the wane. The Institute of Directors issued a report last…

Quantitative Easing or what!

Quantitative Easing or what!

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Caribbean Investment (LON:CIHL) stands at 15p offer. The price declined 5p since it went ex div of 20p a week back. The div is of course a share in Midway whose sole asset is a claim against the Belize Government of 20p per Midway share. As far as I am aware there is a fair…

The Isle of Man: A place where you can

The Isle of Man: A place where you can

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If you ever wanted to get an idea how life could be if there were more pragmatic regulations, a simple tax regime, and a wide range of options to access capital, you should visit the Isle of Man. It offers a unique combination of possibilities to entrepreneurs, investors, retirees, and anyone else who tries to…

Are these the top 3 gold stocks in London?

Are these the top 3 gold stocks in London?

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Gold may not have a practical value as an alternative currency. It’s not possible to enter a shop and pay for any product or service in gold. However, the precious metal may have value as an alternative to cash or other assets due to its scope to help protect against rising inflation. Inflation potential In…

Jam sandwiches

Jam sandwiches

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Four former directors of Barclays have been charged by the SFO this morning with breaches of this and that. It all centres round a payment of £322m to the Qataris who subscribed for the very necessary refinancing of Barclays – £4.5bn in June 2008 topped up with a further £7.3bn in October 2008. I remember…

How to protect your wealth against currency debasement

How to protect your wealth against currency debasement

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The 2008 financial crisis may seem like a distant memory, but the ongoing ramifications are still a massive threat to your wealth. Concerted intervention by the world’s most powerful central banks managed to avert an immediate global meltdown, although we’re all going to pay the price in the form of higher inflation. The historically low…

Cap-XX: Triangle breakout targets 12p plus

Cap-XX: Triangle breakout targets 12p plus

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Cap-XX (LON:CPX) seems to be sending some mixed messages out on the fundamental front. But at least on the technicals we are looking at a situation where the longs are on the front foot. The 7 June update from supercapacitor designer and maker Cap-XX was a good news/bad news affair in the sense that while…

Choose your own level of risk and return with the new IF-ISA

Choose your own level of risk and return with the new IF-ISA

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While the Cash ISA has been a popular product for savers who want to shelter their money away from the taxman, it’s no secret that its returns over the past few years have been derisory.  According to data from personal finance website Moneyfacts, the average easy access Cash ISA rate fell from 2.56% in January 2012 to just 0.37% in…

Petrofac: Island reversal to lead back to 550p

Petrofac: Island reversal to lead back to 550p

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It would appear that the optimists are back in charge as far as Petrofac (LON:PFC) is concerned. The question now is whether or not this can last… Although it is difficult to be entirely precise when a stock or market is under the influence of controversial newsflow, it was possible to suggest that below 380p…