Category: Investment

DPMS Portfolio Commentary June 2024

With an improving macro-economic backdrop, May 2024 has provided some strong returns across developed markets as investors look forward to a rate cutting cycle, GDP growth figures start to accelerate and optimism around the Technology sector continues. After some difficulties in Q1, the UK equity market has catapulted forwards as a top performer quarter-to-date to the end of May, following better-than-expected GDP growth figures, which brought the UK out of recession.

/ 20th June 2024

DPMS Portfolio Commentary May 2024

Despite a somewhat rocky start to the year, Q1 2024 proved to be very strong across equity markets due to improving profit growth expectations, falling inflation, optimism around interest rate cut timing and excitement around Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Technology sector. Whilst some elements of inflation proved to be stickier than first thought, markets have shrugged this information off and continue to look to the future with a period of rate cuts from Central Banks albeit at a later staged than initially thought.

/ 8th May 2024

The Top 10 Fundamentals for Successful Investing

Investing serves as a mechanism for amplifying your wealth. It can assist you in expediting the repayment of your mortgage, augmenting your retirement savings or safeguarding your child’s financial future. However, before you invest your money, be ready for a long-term engagement. Read our full guide on our top 10 fundamentals for successful investing.

/ 9th April 2024

Our Guide to Protecting Your Family, your Biggest Asset

Life is unpredictable and filled with a multitude of potential risks. By understanding and selecting the right insurance policies, you can confidently navigate life’s uncertainties, knowing that you’ve taken steps to safeguard your and your family’s financial wellbeing. Read our full guide to protecting your family, your biggest asset.

/ 2nd April 2024

Our Guide to Individual Savings Accounts

Investing in an Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a tax-efficient, flexible method for future planning. One of the most attractive features of an ISA is its tax benefits – it’s immune to both Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax on any growth within the fund or on income you withdraw. This makes contributing to an ISA an intelligent decision for those looking to grow their wealth while minimising tax liabilities.

/ 6th March 2024

DPMS Portfolio Commentary February 2024

2024 had a relatively rocket start with inflation coming in higher than expected across developed markets driving bond yields upwards and capital values down, the Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) surveys showing relatively weak results and geo-political instability in the Middle East unnerved investors. However, recent weeks have seen a reversal of this with some strong Q4 earnings results, improved consumer sentiment and optimism towards the first interest rate cuts since 2020.

/ 16th February 2024

Making Better Investment Decisions

Investing is no longer a luxury reserved for the very wealthy; it's a financial necessity for everyone. Whether we're saving for retirement or our children's education, personal investing is crucial in securing our financial futures.

/ 11th January 2024

The perils of trying to time the market

The common adage 'buy low, sell high' might seem like a fool proof strategy for maximising investment returns. However, the reality is far more complex than simply trying to predict market fluctuations. Timing the market involves anticipating its highs and lows to buy when prices are at their lowest and sell when they peak.

/ 20th November 2023

Mastering Your Financial Future: The Power of Cash Flow Modelling

Investing can feel like navigating uncharted territory, particularly for those new to the field. With many options and strategies available, it's crucial to grasp what you aim to achieve with your investments clearly.

/ 9th October 2023

How bonds’ structure and tax advantages can help you pass on wealth

Investment bonds offer several benefits that some investors may be missing out on, and have become even more beneficial due to recent changes in tax regulations.

/ 27th September 2023

Maximising your investments in your 50’s

As you approach your 50s, securing a comfortable retirement becomes more urgent, making it essential to strategically optimise your investments for a retirement that aligns with your envisioned lifestyle and aspirations.

/ 15th August 2023

How to navigate ESG investing

ESG investing targets companies valuing environmental, social, and governance factors, fostering responsible practices for a sustainable future, and offering potential financial gains through high ESG scores.

/ 15th August 2023

DPMS Portfolio Commentary June 2023

After a frustrating Q1 2023, with a sustained market recovery derailed by banking failures, Q2 2023 has been a generally more positive quarter. This comes despite continued nervousness in the market related to the US debt ceiling being called into question (and swiftly resolved), sticky inflation in the UK, US & Europe and possible further interest rate hikes  and China’s sluggish economic recovery.

/ 12th June 2023

Guide to setting up a future for my grandchildren

Investing in the future of your grandchildren is a great way to help them prepare for their financial needs in life. By setting aside money now, you can provide them with added security and increased opportunities in the years to come. Investing for grandchildren can be used to help fund college tuition, make a down payment on their first car or home, or even start a retirement fund.

/ 26th April 2023

DPMS Portfolio Commentary March 2023

March 2023 has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride as investors have processed a variety of information, led by markets absorbing news of a number of bank bail outs started with the run on Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and smaller New York based Signature Bank and the impending impact on interest rate policy led by the US Fed.

/ 15th March 2023

DPMS Portfolio Commentary February

Given our more cautiously positive outlook for 2023, including a mild economic recession, continuously high interest rates and the reopening of the Chinese economy, the Vizion Wealth Investment Committee have agreed to a shift towards a balance of Defensive and Cyclical equities utilising both Growth and Value styles. This comes in the form of a move towards Value funds in the UK, Europe & North America which have historically outperformed during periods of interest rate increases and a move towards Growth funds in Asia and Emerging Markets in conjunction with the Chinese economy reopening and supply chains becoming re-established.

/ 8th February 2023

Guide to Individual Savings Accounts

Time is running out to take advantage of this year’s Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowances. On 6 April when the new tax year starts, if you haven’t used all of your or your children’s ISA allowances from the previous tax year, it will be lost forever. Check out this guide to Individual Savings Accounts.

/ 7th February 2023

DPMS Portfolio Commentary December

So far, Q4 of 2022 has been more positive than some anticipated with better-than expected American inflation data and hopes of The Federal Reserve easing rate rises, a less severe beginning to Winter for Europe, hints that China may begin to ease it’s zero-COVID policy and the return of traditional fixed interest as an attractive long term investment following Jeremy Hunt’s reversal of the mini-budget. This all comes despite Central Banks continuing to raise interest rates and warnings of recession across the globe.

/ 13th December 2022

Guide to Leaving a Tax Efficient Legacy

If you thought Inheritance Tax was just for extremely wealthy people to worry about, think again. Rising property prices have meant more estates than ever are likely to face an Inheritance Tax bill.

/ 7th December 2022

Investing for Positive Change

Over the past few decades, there has been a growing interest and awareness in investing in companies that take into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. This type of investing – also known as sustainable, responsible or impact investing – aims to generate both financial returns and positive social and environmental impacts.

/ 29th November 2022