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Is there life in the old frog yet ?

Is there life in the old frog yet ?

February was certainly one of the worst months for stock markets since 2008.

A profound inflation scare led to US equity markets plummeting over 12% in just two weeks before rebounding strongly.

The drama is not over and we remain firmly in the grips of these wild swings with markets falling again during the final days of the month.

Are we heading for another recession or simply a period of heightened market volatility?

Empty homes tax - a new budjet blow for landlords

Landlords face fresh blow with empty homes tax

Property investors face another hit from the Budget as empty homes could be hit by a 100 per cent council tax premium.

The move, announced by chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond during the 22 November 2017 Budget, has been described as "crippling" for buy-to-let investors.

Today Mr Hammond gave local councils the ability to increase the council tax premium on empty homes from 50 per cent to 100 per cent.

Passive Versus Active Investment Management

Passive versus Active Investment.
The game may have changed but the rules remain the same.

The four most expensive words in the English dictionary are this time it’s different was once famously quoted by Sir John Templeton.

Whilst poignant quotes are ten-a-penny, this particular quote by the founder of Templeton investments struck home, namely because we are now well into one of the longest and ‘most hated’ bull markets on record, as some like to call it.

The more time TAM sit at meetings discussing the trajectory of the world’s capital markets, the more we hear the phrase, “Well this time it’s different!” read our thoughts on this unprecedented environment.

Uncovering the opportunities in emerging market debt

Emerging Markets have performed well but is following the herd the right thing to do ?

You won’t find our investment strategy full to the brim with exotic risk and elaborate overweights, particularly in this environment

Learn in this article why TAM Asset Management hold these views as seasoned discretionary fund managers.

UK Housing Market Headed For Crash Experts Warn

Experts Warn Of UK Housing Crash

The UK housing market could face a crash to rival the one that buckled the economy in the early 1990s, experts have warned.

Despite a 1.1 per cent growth in the housing market during June, experts are concerned that the prospects are less than clement, with some predicting a particularly gloomy future for homeowners.

Professor Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics, has said: “The current house price ratio is unaffordable. Wages are failing to keep up with inflation and the housing market is overheated.

Momentum Fund Management Digest - "Coco" Pops - The Dawn Of New Bond Concern

Should investors in the wake of the 2007 financial collapse now be concerned with 'Coco' bonds ?

It was the summer of 2007 when one of the first canaries in the global financial coalmine started chirping.

Over the ensuing months the canary that was Bear Stearns fell from its perch as its hedge funds failed and the bank came under increasing financial pressure, before being sold to JP Morgan at a fire sale price.

Thankfully for the bondholders the new owner took on the debt obligations of the failed bank, a pattern that repeated through the crisis with bondholders being largely spared any loss burden as losses mounted and multi-billion dollar bailouts propped up the financial system.

TAM Market Insight - Message From The Chairman
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TAM Asset Management Chairman Lester Petch shares his current thinking on the markets

"The time has come", the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax - Of cabbages - and kings - And why the sea is boiling hot - And whether pigs have wings."
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Lewis Carroll

Not wanting to compare my age frame to that of a walrus, I nonetheless do think the time has come “to talk of many things", so here are some core facts and issues I think worthy of note:

Markets continue to make headway and have had an almost unprecedented bull run since April 2009 when TAM wrote its note, “The Green Shoots of Recovery”.
The headlines continue to suggest fear and problems in the political arena (i.e. Mr Trump and Mrs May).
Somewhat extended (but not disastrously so) equity valuations, particularly in the US.
Low, and as yet to be normalised, interest rates in Europe and the UK, although the US is trying.
Low global inflation, but which is picking up.
Brexit - for the UK it’s what, how, when and even who?
The possibility of an early Italian election with anti EU, populist parties competing, neck and neck in the polls with centralist parties.
China – good, bad or just plain ugly?

Neil Woodford View On The UK Economy

"The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before" - Neil Woodford

All the talk of rebalancing the UK economy that we heard from policymakers in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis unfortunately, has led to nothing.

The UK economy is more unbalanced today than ever before.

We had a recent meeting with Darren Winder of the Lazarus Partnership – Darren has been a very valuable input into our investment process for many years and his extensive knowledge and database on the UK economy is pretty much unsurpassed.

We covered a lot of ground during the meeting, but some charts really stood out. Here we provide a few of them, which we believe provide strong evidence of the continued imbalances within the UK economy and the unsustainable nature of recent economic growth.

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