Blog, IC Insights

November Performance Review & Omicron Update…

November was progressing very nicely until Omicron turned up the heat in the last week of the month. The deluge of media coverage that has followed has concerned investors, and there has been some market volatility as a result. Our portfolio’s hit all-time highs in mid-November, though they have since…

DB Wood Team

3rd December, 2021

Blog, DB News

Home is where the heart is…

For several of us here at DB Wood, Newark-on-Trent has been home for many years. For DB Wood itself, it’s been home for the better part of 40. Our footprint reaches back to acquiring a small office in the Market Place in 2000, stretching then over to Stodman Street, to…

Georgia Ashley

25th November, 2021

Blog, IC Insights

October Performance Update…

As famous investor Chuck Prince once said “as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance”. For the last decade and a bit, the music has been the sound of money coming into the system to support economies in one form or another. The tune…

Alex Chappell

12th November, 2021

Blog, Hot Topics

Are Premium Bonds worth it?…

I’m sure I’m not alone in this… every Saturday at my local, they run a ‘Bonus Ball’ lottery that all the regulars take part in. If you’re not familiar, it’s simple. Each member pays a pound and picks a number between 1 and 59. If your number is picked as…

Georgia Ashley

28th October, 2021

Blog, IC Insights

Could the UK fall back into recession next year?…

Rising prices, record job vacancies (apparent full employment) and upcoming tax rises… not really an ideal set of economic circumstances heading into 2022! Consequently, many commentators are suggesting we may not be far away from a second recession in three years. Yet the Bank of England continue to talk up…

Alex Chappell

15th October, 2021

Blog, IC Insights

Quarter 3 2021 Investment Review

2021 bucked the usual trend of a quieter summer period for investors. Coming into July the market narrative was centred on a strong economic recovery potentially leading to inflationary pressure. Whilst it seems ironic especially given this week’s supply and demand issues around petrol and household energy prices, the risk…

DB Wood Team

1st October, 2021

Blog, Risk Perspectives

Hard times…

Independent insurance broking through “hard” times The insurance market is characterised as either being “soft” or “hard”. In a soft market, we see many insurers keenly competing for market share by easing their underwriting acceptance and offering lower premiums. A hard market sees insurer supply reduce, with those remaining demanding…

DB Wood Team

17th September, 2021

Blog, Hot Topics

What’s in a name anyway?…

Next Monday, 13th September, marks the date that ‘Standard Life’ will re-brand to become ‘Abrdn’. Don’t worry, we also found ourselves asking, how’s that pronounced? Exactly the same as with the vowels in; ‘Aberdeen’. Its important to reaffirm that Abrdn remain very much the same firm as Standard Life. Long…

DB Wood Team

10th September, 2021

Blog, IC Insights

August Performance Update…

This is turning into a positive quarter for most investment markets. In honesty, whilst there are several variables at play that could change the dynamics (and our returns), the economic fundamentals that we set out as our central case at the start of the year remain very much intact, and…

Alex Chappell

2nd September, 2021

Blog, Hot Topics

The Advancement of Technology…

I bet you didn’t think you could compare technology to Marmite… Well, chances are, if you asked a random stranger their opinion on either, they’ll either love it or they’ll hate it. Marmite has only been a bugbear to most since 1902, but with technology spanning all the way back…

Georgia Ashley

20th August, 2021