Archive for Apr 2020

Why discerning property investors choose Berlin

Berlin is bursting at the seams with energy, innovation, technology, people and economic growth. It also offers property investors unprecedented opportunities. Some call it the bargain of the century. Throughout the ages famous people from Frederick the Great to Albert Einstein, Marlene Dietrich and the playwright Bertolt Brecht, among many others, have called Berlin home.…

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Week in Review: Crude Oil Plunges

U.S. crude futures dived into negative territory for the first time in history this week amid concerns that there is not enough global storage for a market decimated by collapsing demand amid widespread lockdowns and travel bans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Brent Crude finished the week down more than 20% as demand destruction from…

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Week in Review: Markets Shrug Off Weak Data

Major indexes were mostly stronger this week, as investors weighed record downturns in economic data against hopes that progress in containing the coronavirus pandemic may soon result in the partial reopening of economies. Investors cheered early indications that coronavirus infection rates may be peaking in Europe and the U.S. along with announcements that governments are…

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The Power of Income Notes in an Investment Portfolio

For me as head of Carrick Wealth’s Investment Strategy, it is really satisfying when a key building block in our portfolio construction performs as planned during a market selloff. This building block is called an income note which is a subset of the broader category of structured notes. Historically used by ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family…

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Week in Review: S&P 500 posts best week since 1974

Markets got off to a strong start for the week, with growing hopes that coronavirus deaths were beginning to decline in parts of Europe. Markets carried that momentum into Tuesday morning, after China reported no coronavirus-related deaths for the first time, while Germany was seeing more recoveries than new cases and Italy stated it will…

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Week in Review: Worst Quarter for Stock Markets Since 2008

Major indices across the globe closed lower for the week, rounding off their worst quarterly performances since 2008. The stock market response to efforts to contain the global coronavirus pandemic has been sharp and rapid with most indices down between 20 to 30 percent in little more than a month. However, the magnitude of the…

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