In Praise of Diversity

A guest blog for Serenity Financial Planning by Alistair Meadows, Investment Analyst at EBI Portfolios “You will always hate something in your portfolio. Really, really hate it”. James Osbourne (Bason Asset Management) October 2014. We often get communications from advisers telling us that they have clients who have concerns with regard to one (or more) of their … Continued

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Sustainable Investing – is it sustainable?

A guest blog for Serenity Financial Planning by Alistair Meadows, Investment Analyst at EBI Portfolios “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” – Woody Allen Sustainable Investing is hot right now; a Google search reveals a plethora of SRI (Socially Responsible Investing) or ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) funds in the pipeline as Fund Managers rush to meet demand … Continued

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What is Evidence Based Investing?

A guest blog by Robin Powell, an award-winning journalist and financial educator. He blogs as The Evidence-Based Investor at evidenceinvestor.com. A phrase you may have heard about lately is evidence-based investing. You would have thought that, in investing, as in, for example, medicine or criminal law, everything is based on evidence as a matter of … Continued

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Preparing For The Next Financial Crisis

A guest blog for Serenity Financial Planning by investment, retirement and platform research consultant Abraham Okusanya MSc of Finaytiq. A crisis is coming! In the coming years, there is going to be a major financial crisis! This crisis will bring capital markets across the world to their knees. There’ll be a lot of panic. Your … Continued

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Behind The Scenes At Serenity: Our Investment Committee

Getting the right outcomes for our clients is vitally important to us and one area we don’t leave to chance is investing.   It’s a subject many people find complex and difficult to understand. Add in a healthy dose of jargon and some alarming media headlines and it’s no surprise we leave the decision making … Continued

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How to invest for success following the US presidential election

Assuming the US presidential election took place yesterday, this is how to position your portfolio – Andy Hart  You will all now know that yesterday (8 November 2016) was a historic day for our planet. The new leader of the free world was announced. So how should you position your portfolio in the light of … Continued

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Update: the knock on effect of the interest rate cuts

Following the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.25% at the beginning of August and the initial reaction to that from within the financial sector, the resultant effects continue to be felt over a month later. Cash savings accounts have been hit the hardest, with some banks making … Continued

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What now for pensions policy?

Whilst pension freedoms still feel like a recent development for many, they have now been in place for some seventeen months since their introduction in April 2015. That’s beginning to feel like a remarkably long time ago as few further announcements on pension reform have been made for some time. With the arrival of Theresa … Continued

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