Investment approach in turbulent times

Investment approach in turbulent times 

We’ve seen some difficult markets over the past three months.

On August 8, for example, the FTSE 100 index stood at 7776, but, at the time of writing, it was down to 7059, a fall of more than 9%.

Nobody likes to see 9% wiped off the value of their investments in three months and this kind of volatility can worry some investors, particularly those who’ve only experienced the last nine years of largely unbroken growth in the markets.

But, these kind of falls are normal, stock market volatility is normal, and, when it comes to investing, some element of risk is normal.

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Preventing drama of Brexit becoming an investment crisis

Preventing Drama of Brexit Becoming an Investment crisis

However sick you are of hearing the word, we really do have to talk about Brexit.

It may well be boring you rigid but we believe, as an investor, it’s not something you can afford to ignore.

At the time of writing, we’re told a no-deal is becoming increasingly likely. By the time you read this, that may well have changed, but what won’t change over the coming months is the general air of uncertainty. Look forward to a roller-coaster ride of hopes and expectations raised and dashed, and raised again as negotiations continue and details are thrashed out. These are all points we examined in our recent webinar.

Even if Brexit ceases to be a problem, there are other – perhaps even more serious - issues at play, which are having a destabilising effect on the global economy. US President Donald Trump has embarked on a trade war with China, putting the world’s two largest economies at loggerheads, with repercussions for everybody. Add to that, Italy’s new government threatening the stability of the euro, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer facing international condemnation and ongoing Russian adventurism and the world looks highly unstable.

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Avoid what’s too good to be true

Avoid what's too good to be true

Everyone has heard horror stories about people who’ve lost their life savings after falling for the advice of some investment 'expert’ promising fantastic returns.

These are not urban myths, but real life stories which appear in the news on a weekly basis. At Reeves, we’ve a number of clients who, before they came to us, had fallen victim to scams or to plain old-fashioned bad advice.

There’s one golden rule which applies in all cases and that’s to ensure that your adviser is reputable, qualified and properly authorised. There’s nothing wrong with an adviser contacting you offering their services – we do that – but make sure that before you engage with them, you check them out thoroughly.

At Reeves, for example, we’re authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and that can be confirmed by looking at the FCA register, available online. We’ve been established for over 20 years and have numerous third-party references which can be viewed on Linked In. We only invest in regulated products, which are thoroughly researched by our team of research assistants, all of whom are graduates, and we never put all your money into one investment but always into a diversified portfolio.

The costs of not using a reputable and accredited adviser can be severe.

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Best friends share in success

Best Friends Share In Success

At Reeves, as a business, we grow together with our clients and only by serving them do we prosper.

Our philosophy, therefore, is one of engagement and that has been the history of the firm.

And, thanks to you, our clients, our business has grown impressively over the past 3 years. Building on this expansion, in 2017 we set up our client services team and this year we set up a specialist investment team. We want you to be partners in the next phase of our development, just as you have in the past. 

We've grown on the back of our reputation and word-of-mouth recommendation, for which we're grateful. And we try to express that gratitude through our Refer a Friend scheme.

Here's a reminder of how it works.

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Webinar – How Will Brexit Affect Your Pensions & Investments?

How Will Brexit Affect Your Pensions & Investments?

Brexit is a huge issue that still looms large over the UK’s long-term economic outlook.

Whether it’s Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit or No Deal Brexit, one thing is for sure - our impending departure from the EU will impact your decision making regarding your finances and investments. 

Join us for our webinar – How Will Brexit Affect Your Pensions & Investments? – where we aim to address any uncertainly you may have regarding your investments due to Brexit, and also to explain how to manage your finances during this turbulent time.

We will also explain how we have positioned our portfolios as a result of the ongoing Brexit process, and talk you through our thoughts on Brexit and our market predictions.

This Webinar will be hosted by Nigel Reeves, Reeves Founder & CEO who, for more than 30 years, has been helping clients to build financial security both for the present and the future.

If you feel that you, or anyone you know, would benefit from some expert advice & guidance regarding your financial future, especially if you have concerns regarding Brexit, then add this webinar to your diary and let us help to alleviate those worries. 

This webinar is part of a new series of educational seminars from Reeves which aim to provide you with an impartial insight into building a better retirement plan, and hopefully make you feel better informed regarding your financial future.  

About Reeves - Our aim is to simplify the world of pensions, explaining difficult concepts in clear, easy to understand language with the aim of providing you with the right advice, in the right way and at the right time.

 

Reeves' success over the past 20 years is based on the trusting relationships we have developed with our clients, understanding their needs and helping them to make informed decisions.

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It is important that no actions should be taken without first taking advice. Personal circumstances and an individual's appetite for risk means that the advice for one person may not be the same for everyone. The information in this blog or any response to comments should not be regarded as financial advice. Reeves do not advise on Defined Benefit pension schemes. Reeves do introduce a third party specialists in areas of work we do not cover.

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