December 2022 Market Commentary

2022 was an exceptionally difficult year for investment markets with the three main asset classes, equities, bonds and real estate all posting significant declines. For stockmarkets it was the worst year since the financial crisis in 2008, while bonds posted their biggest loss in more than a generation. A range of factors combined in the first half of the year …

Enhanced Transfer Values

BACKGROUND Enhanced transfer values are becoming more prevalent as companies aim to reduce their pension scheme liabilities. Here, we detail the rationale behind the notion of enhanced transfer values and the factors you should consider when reviewing an offer, and how it compares to your defined benefit pension. Low expected returns from investments and increasing annuity prices have resulted in …

Does Increasing Housing Supply Pose a Threat for Residential Property Prices?

Despite the significant expansion in housing supply in 2017, it was an exceptional year for the Irish residential property market in terms of rental and price inflation.  In our update, we believe there is scope for further growth in 2018, particularly in the Dublin apartment market. Click here to read more.

Equity Market Volatility – February 2018

Following the sharp fall in global equity markets and the increased volatility over the last two weeks, our Equity Market Volatility – February 2018 note looks into the drivers behind these moves and we provide our view on recent developments. Click here to read more.

Market Commentary July 2015

Highlights Equities gained in July as markets reacted positively to Greece’s  acceptance of a package of preconditions to enter talks on a new bail-out programme. Bonds also gained on the Greek news as investors anticipated a longer period of low interest rates and continued quantitative easing by the ECB. Commodity markets fell on concerns that the recent correction in the …