Williams Investment Management Financial Commentary

Financial Commentary – November 2022

Interest rates keep increasing, inflation keeps rising.  The monetary policies of the last decade and a half are now being revealed for the experiments they truly were.  As baseball legend, Yogi Berra, a man famous for colloquial expressions lacking in absolute logic yet simultaneously carrying more than a grain of truth, didn’t say but might…

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Financial Commentary – October 2022

The current economic mess, the creation of all central banks over the past decade, is starting to be unwound. Raging inflation has laid bare just how incompetent the guardians of our monetary systems have been. Consequently, after providing virtually free money for years, they are now aggressively raising interest rates in order to control runaway prices.…

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Financial Commentary – August 2022

From an economic perspective, it’s difficult to argue there has been any improvement over recent weeks. On the contrary, global inflation continues to rise, as do interest rates while in the UK, waves of industrial action now appear a formality. Meanwhile, Putin’s forces continue their assault on Eastern Ukraine, meaning little respite for the prices…

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Financial Commentary – July 2022

Markets have generally weakened as investors continue to absorb a plethora of bad news. Despite expecting inflation to be ‘transitory’, all major central banks are now not only tightening monetary policy but signalling that further rate rises are embedded in their thinking. It’s a pity their hopeless misreading of inflation has resulted in such a…

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Financial Commentary – June 2022

Markets are now reflecting multiple concerns. February witnessed the shock of a full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, rather than a Donbas land grab mirroring Putin’s previous tactics in North Ossetia, Abkhazia and Crimea. Due to Ukrainian resistance, Western assistance and poor Russian tactics, Putin’s ambitions have subsequently been clipped out of necessity.  However, the…

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Financial Commentary – May 2022

While the war (sorry, Special Operation) in Ukraine continues to take centre stage, there are signs that markets are starting to look beyond it, refocusing on economic matters. In the US, 10 year Treasury bonds currently yield 2.4% which offers precious little recompense when inflation stands at 8.5%. In the UK, 10 year Government bonds…

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Financial Commentary – April 2022

Ukraine continues to dominate headlines. As we write, it appears Russia’s initial tactics have failed and a combination of its frustration, incompetence and brutality hallmarks the next stage of this conflict. In 2000, the Chechen capital, Grozny, had suffered a greater degree of destruction than befell Dresden at the end of WWII, so Putin’s current…