It's not ALL bad news!

At the time of writing, uncertainty about Brexit is rising and Conservative MPs are deserting the Government in droves.

But it’s not all bad news.

A painting by David Hockney was auctioned for a record-breaking $90m. The next series of I’m a Celebrity is due back on TV. And the 2018 heartwarming John Lewis Christmas advert has been revealed (see below).

Journalism students are taught that – after a year – all the stories are the same. Only the names and numbers change.

With that in mind, our last article ‘Enjoy the ride‘ included lessons we learned and photos we took at the recent Humans Under Management conference.

This article includes another one. Here it is…


(MCSI stands for Morgan Stanley Capital International Index)

As you can see, the graph shows the growth in US patent applications as they come to market and are funded by investors.

What this tells us is that human beings are immensely resourceful. People are full of ideas, especially when under pressure.

Abraham Okusanya, founder of FinalytiQ, tweeted a photo of the same slide, with this commentary:


We take this to mean we can be realistically optimistic, because the world keeps turning no matter what. Which leads us neatly to the latest quarterly review from Dimensional…


It’s not all doom and gloom.

As you can see, some stocks have gone down, while others have gone up. The UK has dropped a bit – but developed and emerging markets have risen.

That’s why our clients’ investments are diversified.

When you look at the numbers below the coloured bars, you can see the highest Q3 high for the UK since 2001 was 22% in 2009, while the lowest low was 19.8% in 2002. When you look at the average quarterly return, ALL the numbers are positive.

And that’s why we say investment is for the long-term and not to be swayed by temporary blips or media hype.

If you have any concerns, please give us a call and we’ll be happy explain more.

Lance Baron

Certified Financial Planner (CFP) based in East Sussex, UK. We support people in Southeast England with more than £500K to invest by building a financial plan that will help them live the life they want… until age 100