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Week in Review: Sino-US Tensions Escalate

Global stocks rose for the week as investors were buoyed by progress in vaccine trials and optimism over the reopening of economies, however the week ended a little more subdued as the prospect of an escalation in tensions between the world’s two largest economies seems to be gaining traction. The Chinese government moved to assert…

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Week in Review: Virus Revives U.S.- China Trade Tensions

Global equities erased most of the prior week’s gains after a string of disappointing economic releases and escalating tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on markets. A speech by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in which he said that the U.S. economy is “subject to significant downside risks” in the months ahead and warned…

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Week in Review: US Jobless Rate Soars

The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the jobs market in the U.S. and the world, with an April reading of labour conditions in the U.S. showing that a record 20.5 million people are out of work, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7%, its worst level since the Great Depression by some measures, as businesses closed in…

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Week in Review: Markets Rebound Strongly in April

Despite stocks finishing mixed this week, global markets posted some of their best returns in decades during the month of April. A slowdown in new coronavirus cases and synchronized stimulus initiatives globally, improved sentiment from the March stock-market bottom. Volatility has also subsided from its recent highs but remains elevated. Economic data continues to point…

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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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