BLACKTOWER FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT APPOINTS GAVIN PLUCK AS GROUP DIRECTOR
January 2021: The Blacktower Financial Management Group of Companies today announces the appointment of Gavin Pluck as a Group Director.
The news follows significant expansion to the brand’s global footprint and continued acceleration of its growth strategy, in the face of a challenging year.
Pluck joins Blacktower having resigned from his position as GWM Group Managing Director in February 2020, following the company’s acquisition by SkyBound Capital.
Yet another Corona post
On one level or another we have all been affected by this virus. Some financially, some emotionally or physically. Thousands have lost their job or are on partial income, many are bound to stay home, have not seen loved ones in months; others have even lost family members or friends.
Whatever your personal circumstances, we all have been affected mentally.
Despite our best efforts to make use of this time to finally do everything we wanted to do, clear out the cellar, take care of the tax return, sort out those pensions, work out more or finally learn to cook, for many this has not happened. Why?
Cry, the beloved NS&I income bond
Originally launched by the UK Government as the Post Office Savings Bank in 1861, the NS&I provided the opportunity for both the public to save and as the government to fund the deficit. To encourage post war saving in 1956, Premium Savings Bonds were introduced - but not without some political and religious opposition. Despite the resistance, NS&I has since evolved into one the largest savings organisations in the UK and has approximately 25 million customers and more than £179 billion invested.
August Market Review
Throughout history, the month of August has usually been one where investors take a break and the financial markets lose some steam. However, 2020 is far from being an “usual” period in time, and the month of August recorded one of the most aggressive upward trends in some of the global stock markets indices.
Looking back to July, the S&P500 and the NASDAQ continued to shine when compared to its peers, registering some substantial gains in the month. Following this, August continued on this same path and we saw the S&P500 record a 7% gain in the month, while the NASDAQ soared 11%, in this period of usual calmness in the markets.