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Question the Committee – Summer 2024 Edition

Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who submitted questions. It has been a couple of years since the last Question the Committee though it is fair to say this is the most engagement we have had of any so far. In part this is probably down to the forthcoming General…

The Investment Committee

14th June, 2024

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May Performance Update

The phrase “all-time highs” usually comes with some associated caution. It means a certain investment asset has never been higher in price, and therefore feels a little like you are in unchartered territory. “If this is the highest it has ever been, surely it will fall in price soon?” History…

Alex Chappell

31st May, 2024

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April Showers

Since the end of 2022 we have had a positive outlook on investment markets. That was the point of peak fear when inflation had just hit 10% and interest rates were quickly being increased. All markets were struggling to adjust, though we also expected that as those variables came more…

Ashley Brooks

3rd May, 2024

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Q1 Market Review

We entered 2024 on the back of a strong last quarter of performance. Inflation all around the world was on a downward trajectory and we felt that the ‘peak’ of interest rates had been reached. Despite the anticipation at the start of 2023 that the global economy would be fighting…

DB Wood Team

5th April, 2024

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February Performance Update

2023 closed with bond and equity markets moving notably higher on the back of falling inflation data and the prospect of interest rate cuts. This was something we had anticipated would happen earlier in 2023, though our thoughts played out, and the returns we expected all came in somewhat of…

Alex Chappell

1st March, 2024

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January Performance Update

The psychology of markets is not especially consistent. Investors get overly pessimistic when they are worried, and overly excited when newsflow is good. This creates periods where too much of the bad news is reflected in market prices and vice versa. After 18 months of bad inflation and interest rate…

Alex Chappell

2nd February, 2024

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Q4 Market Review

2022 was one of the most challenging years for investment returns in recent history. As so often when asset valuations fall significantly, there are some excellent opportunities created, and we spent much of the latter part of 2022 in particular, reshaping our portfolios for 2023. As a result, we felt…

The Planning Team

5th January, 2024

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November Performance Update

“How did you go bankrupt? Bill asked. “Two ways” Mike said, “gradually then suddenly”. That famous quote from Ernest Hemingway’s novel feels very applicable to the question “how is your investment forecast playing out?” We’ve been talking since the spring about a more positive investment environment for our portfolios. Our…

Alex Chappell

1st December, 2023

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Where’s the Income?

It’s around 12 months since the bond market hit its lows for 2022. Around the time of Liz Truss’s budget, we added significantly to an asset class that had sold off hard and relative to the last two decades, was providing a significant annual income stream. In time, we also…

Ashley Brooks

20th October, 2023

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Q3 2023 Market Review

We approached Q3 with optimism. Not because we expected this quarter itself to be stellar, but because valuations on any medium to long term basis are as good as they have been at any time in the last 15 years. That said, markets need confidence, specifically with respect to inflation…

DB Wood Team

5th October, 2023

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