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  • Week in Review – 14th December 2018

    • Brexit takes centre stage
    • Brexit uncertainty at all time high
    • Sterling falls
    • Sovereign bond yields compress
    • ECB confirms end of bond buying programme

  • Week in Review – 7th December 2018

    • A volatile week for markets globally
    • Safe haven sovereign bonds rally
    • Brexit vote outcome ever more opaque
    • US/China agree temporary trade war truce

  • Employer of the year
    Frenkel Topping wins Employer of the Year Commendation Award

    We are delighted to announce that Frenkel Topping won the Employer of the Year Commendation Award at last night’s City of Manchester Business Awards.

  • Week in Review – 30th November 2018

    - EU signs Brexit Withdrawal Agreement
    - Brexit parliamentary vote is confirmed as 11 December 2018
    - US and China meet at G20 meeting
    - Italy shows signs of budget compromise

  • Week in Review – 23th November 2018

    The week in review:
    - Brexit emergency summit set for Sunday
    - US equities erase year-to-date gains
    - European Commission rejects Italy’s latest draft budget
    - Crude Oil rises after 6 weeks of losses

  • Socially Responsible Investing
    Frenkel Topping launch SRI solution as millennials call for socially responsible investing

    Growing demand from millennials for Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) has led to Frenkel Topping launching our own Socially Responsible Model Portfolio (SRMP). Find out more.

  • actively managed cash service
    Frenkel Topping bring new actively managed cash service to market

    Frenkel Topping has officially launched a new actively managed cash service that will see clients get better bank interest rates for savings. Find out more.

  • Frenkel topping training academy
    Frenkel Topping launches new training academy to deepen its talent pool

    We're delighted to be bolstering our growth plans with the launch of a new training academy to attract future talent to the business.

    Find out how you can get into our training academy.

  • Week in Review – 16th November 2018

    • Draft Brexit agreement reached
    • Negative reaction prevails
    • Italy defies the EU’s budget guidelines
    • Oil price collapses

  • Week in review – 9th November 2018

    • Brexit rumours swirl ahead of the deadline
    • US political system in likely gridlock
    • EU and Italy on collision course
    • Oil prices fall sharply

  • Week in Review – 2nd November 2018

    - UK base rate remains unchanged
    - UK GDP forecast growth upgraded to 1.9% in 2019
    - President Trump to meet Xi Jinping to discuss trade
    - Brazil elects a “market friendly” President

  • ASHE Annual Data Release

    The ONS has released the provisional data set for ASHE 6115. This is the third year in a row
    that the data has been made available before mid-November. This will certainly help with the
    recalculation process for all Periodical Payments due to be paid on or before 14th December
    2018.

  • Week in Review – 26th October 2018

    The week in review:
    - Equity market correction continues
    - Brexit outcome remains uncertain
    - EU rejects Italy’s budget plan
    - Emerging Market equities continue to struggle

  • Week in Review – 19th October 2018

    - Brexit uncertainty reaches new levels
    - UK inflation (CPI) falls unexpectedly
    - Italy challenges EU budget rules
    - European equity markets struggle

  • Week in review – 12th October 2018

    The week in review:
    - Global equities sell off with a market correction
    - Equity market volatility increases
    - IMF cuts global growth forecast for 2018 and 2019
    - WTI Oil heads for biggest drop since July

  • Week in review – 5th October 2018

    The week in review:
    - Brexit outcome continues to make headlines
    - US, Canada and Mexico reach revised trade agreement
    - Italian budget agreed at 2.4% GDP deficit
    - Brent Crude Oil continues to rise

  • Week in review – 28th September 2018

    - Brexit outcome ever more opaque
    - Federal Reserve increases its funding rate
    - Italy challenges EU budget rules
    - Oil price reaches a four year high

  • Week in review – 21st September 2018

    - EU Summit ends in Brexit disappointment
    - S&P 500 reaches another new all time high
    - Sovereign bond yields rise
    - Asia and EM recovers from year lows

  • Week in review – 14th September 2018

    -Brexit headlines turn more positive
    -UK base rate remains unchanged
    -Italy offers budget compromise
    -Oil price rises on supply fears

  • Week in review – 7th September 2018

    The week in review:
    - Brexit disagreements spill into the open
    - Sterling falls on Brexit concerns
    - EU/Italy negotiate a budget solution
    - Emerging markets fall sharply again

  • Week in review – 31st August 2018

    The week in review:
    -S&P 500 touches a new high
    -US reaches a new NAFTA (trade) agreement with Mexico.
    -Brexit – conciliatory EU tones
    -Italy challenges EU budget constraints

  • Week in review – 24th August 2018

    The week in review:
    - S&P 500 touches a new high
    - US/China tariffs become reality
    - Brexit talks continue
    - Euro-area growth rebounds
    - Merger & acquisition activity prevalent

  • Week in review – 17 August 2018

    The week in review:
    - Turkey’s economic problems dominate
    - UK inflation rises to 2.5%
    - UK unemployment falls to 4%
    - Gold falls below $1,200 per ounce

  • Week in review – 10th August 2018

    The week in review:
    - Sterling falls on Brexit worries
    - US economic momentum maintained
    - US/China trade dispute ratchets up
    - Oil demand falls

  • Week in review – 3rd August 2018

    The week in review:
    - US interest rates remain unchanged
    - Bank of England interest rate increases by 0.25%
    - US/China trade relations deteriorate
    - Sovereign bond yields rise
    - Gold price falls

  • Week in review – 27th July 2018

    The week in review:
    - EU/US trade relations improve
    - Highly valued US technology stocks wobble
    - FTSE 100 share buy backs prominent
    - Oil ends three week losing streak

  • Week in review – 20th July 2018

    The week in review:
    - UK CPI data falls short of expectations
    - President Trump and President Putin meet in Helsinki
    - EU preparing rebalancing measures if trade dispute continues
    - Oil posts its third weekly loss

  • Week in review – 13th July 2018

    The week in review:
    - Brexit uncertainty hits sterling
    - US- China trade war begins
    - Base metal prices fall in response
    - China eases market access rules

  • Week in review – 6th July 2018

    The week in review:
    - UK economic data rebounds
    - US economy maintains momentum
    - Trade tariffs become reality
    - Asian markets underperform over protectionsism

  • Week in review – 29th June 2018

    The week in review:
    - Oil price touches year high
    - EU purchasing manager index (PMI) re-assures
    - UK housing market slows
    - China equity market enters bear market territory
    - Sovereign bond yields move lower

  • Week in review – 22nd June 2018

    The week in review:
    - UK interest rate remains unchanged
    - Trade tensions hurt risk appetite
    - Sovereign bond yields fall
    - Nasdaq touches a new high

  • Week in review – 15th June 2018

    The week in review:
    - The Federal Reserve increases its interest rate
    - ECB announces the end of Quantitative Easing
    - Brexit hits the headlines again
    - Oil price retreats on the prospect of increased supply

  • Week in review – 8th June 2018

    The week in review:
    - Spain swears in new PM after vote of no confidence
    - US Macro data beats estimates
    - NASDAQ hits new record high
    - The central bank in Turkey hike rates by 1.25%
    - Oil price continues to rise following supply issues

  • Week in review – 1st June 2018

    The week in review:
    - Geo-political risks move to the fore
    - Italy and Spain political uncertainty unnerves markets
    - Protectionism moves a step closer to reality
    - Benchmark Treasuries remain safe havens

  • FEN Notice of AGM 30 May 2018

  • Week in review – 25th May 2018

    • UK inflation falls to 2.4%
    • UK Q1 2018 growth remains muted
    • FTSE 100 index retreats from record highs
    • US puts a potential China trade war on hold
    • President Trump cancels North Korea summit

  • Week in review – 18th May 2018

    The week in review:
    - FTSE 100 closed yesterday at a new record of 7,787
    - UK average wages surpass inflation
    - UK unemployment remains steady at 4.2%
    - US 10yr Treasury yield moves to a 7 year high
    - Brent crude oil trades at its highest level since December 2014

  • Week in review – 11th May 2018

    The week in review:
    - Bank of England leaves UK interest rates unchanged
    - UK inflation falls to 2.5%
    - US unemployment rate falls to 3.9%, a 17 year low
    - President Trump withdraws from Iran Nuclear accord
    - Merger & acquisition activity accelerates

  • Deputy Day 2018 Speaker Presentations Available

    We are pleased to provide the presentations from the Speakers at Deputy Day 3rd May 2018.

    We are very proud to sponsor this event and thank you to everyone that attended.

  • Week in review – 4th May 2018

    The week in review:
    - Federal Reserve holds interests unchanged
    - Amber Rudd quits as Home Secretary
    - UK GDP figures falls short of estimates
    - USD continues to strengthen
    - Eurozone inflation falls short of forecast

  • Week in review – 27th April 2018

    The week in review:
    - US and China trade conflict worries recede
    - US 10 year Treasury yield moves above 3%
    - European Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged
    - Oil price touches US$75 per barrel, its highest level since November 2014

  • Week in review – 20th April 2018

    The week in review:
    - Market volatility continues globally
    - Oil outperforms
    - 10 Year Treasury yield moves higher
    - UK CPI retracts to 2.5% from 2.7% in February
    - UK unemployment rate falls to 4.2%

  • Week in review – 13th April 2018

    The week in review:
    - Market volatility continues globally
    - President Trump’s tweets take centre stage
    - Geo-political risks rise materially
    - Oil price touches a three year high
    - Gold rallies with safe haven assets rising

  • Week in review – 6th April 2018

    The week in review
    - Market volatility continues globally
    - Tech stocks continue to suffer
    - U.S and China begin tariff negotiations
    - Euro area’s CPI falls short of forecast
    - FTSE 100 has worst first quarter since 2009

  • Week in review – 29th March 2018

    The week in review:
    - Market volatility continues globally
    - Sovereign bond yields compress
    - Merger and acquisition activity prevalent
    - A year to go until Brexit

  • Week in review – 23rd March 2018

    The week in review:
    - UK inflation falls to 2.7%
    - Fed to increase rate by 0.25% to 1.75%
    - President Trump imposes tariffs on China
    - Vladmir Putin secures another 6 year term
    - G20 warns against protectionism

  • Week in review – 16th March 2018

    The week in review
    - 9 years since the ‘great financial crisis’
    - UK Spring Statement
    - Theresa May orders the expulsion of Russian diplomats
    - Protectionism trends evident
    - Brexit details remain unresolved.

  • Deputy Day Programme – Thursday 3rd May 2018

    Please see the full programme of our Deputy Day which is being held at 30 Euston Square on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

  • Week in review – 9th March 2018

    The week in review
    - US imposes tariffs on steel and aluminium
    - ECB policy unchanged
    - Brexit – financial services a sticking point
    - Italy - a hung parliament
    - Germany- coalition formed
    - UK retail continues to struggle

  • Lauren is running the London Marathon

    Lauren Walsh, Welfare Benefits Caseworker at Frenkel Topping, will be running the London Marathon on 22nd April 2018 in aid of local charity, Headway Preston and Chorley.

  • Week in review – 2nd March 2018

    The week in review
    - Federal Reserve Chairman’s hawkish testimony
    - US trade protectionism accelerating
    - Merger & acquisition activity gathers pace
    - Geo-political – Italian election

  • Week in review – 23rd February 2018

    The week in review
    - It was a notable week for U.S. government bond issuance
    - U.K unemployment increased from 4.3% to 4.4%
    - Prime Minister Theresa May faced another Brexit headache
    - Emerging Markets Equity - South Africa Update

  • Welfare Benefits Review

    In January 2018, we identified an additional £73,424 in welfare benefits that our clients could be potentially missing out on.

    As well as carrying out full welfare benefit assessments, we are experienced in assisting clients who have received negative benefit decisions. We are able to challenge decisions directly with the benefit agency and provide representation at appeal hearings if necessary.

  • Week in review – 16th February 2018

    The week in review
    - Equity markets settle down
    - UK inflation remains at 3%
    - US announces its infrastructure plan
    - Oil price retreats from 12 month high

  • Week in review – 9th February 2018

    - Global equities fall sharply before stabilising
    - Investor fear index rebounds
    - Jerome Powell sworn in as the 16th Federal Reserve Chairman
    - Sterling’s rally peters out
    - A coalition German government is formed

  • Week in review – 2nd February 2018

    The week in review
    - Benchmark sovereign bond yields rise
    - Equity markets retreat into month end
    - PM May signs trade deal with China
    - Trump’s State of the Union address
    - Europe’s economy remains strong

  • Week in review – 26th January 2018

    The week in review:
    - Sterling rallies vs G10 currencies
    - ECB holds its interest rates
    - US Government shut down ends
    - First signs of US protectionism
    - Merger & acquisitions (M&A) accelerate

  • Deputy Day – Thursday 3rd May 2018

    Frenkel Topping are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming conference for 2018.

    Following the success of the 2017 conference which was held at Euston Square we will be returning there for our 2018 Deputy Day on Thursday 3rd May.

    Further information will follow in due course.

    Please save the date for what will be another outstanding event.

  • UK & EU strike deal opening path for trade talks

    Global assets recovered from risk-off sentiment that took hold of global markets mid-week. The selloff saw a host of reasons, ranging from profit-taking to the continued drop in technology stocks. Trump administration is actively moving ahead with its campaign promises after months of hits and misses. Last week’s progress in US tax overhaul was a major milestone, which continued to buoy assets this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell named eight Republican lawmakers to be part of the conference committee responsible for negotiating a final tax bill with GOP House lawmakers. It is planned to resolve differences between the two versions over the next two weeks.

  • Senate passes the Republican tax overhaul

    There was enough fodder for market volatility this week. Particularly, the US stock market has lately come a little untethered from its foundation in earnings and economic growth and started turning all its focus on politics. The passage of US tax reform stole the glory off the OPEC production cut extension. The Dow recorded new highs, as Senate Republicans narrowly approved the most sweeping rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, slashing the corporate tax rate and providing temporary tax-rate cuts. The 51-49 vote brings the GOP close to delivering a much-needed policy win for their party and President Donald Trump. After the vote, President Trump said on Twitter that he looks forward to signing a final bill before Christmas. Attention now shifts to a House-Senate conference committee that will be charged with hashing out the differences in the bills and preparing a final version for both chambers to consider.

  • Oil prices up – extension of OPEC of production cuts

    The main headlines of the week revolved around the upcoming major events. UK’s attempts to achieve breakthrough in talks at December summit, oil march as OPEC nears production cut review and the vote on Senate’s version of tax plan after thanksgiving has kept asset prices sensitive to future events.

    The Senate’s version of tax plan was released this week and Republican leaders plan a vote around Nov. 30. A deal is within reach if Republicans are willing to compromise on the size of tax cuts. Meanwhile, the Obamacare issue looms in the background, threatening at least one GOP senator’s vote. The mandate repeal still appears much more likely to stay in the bill, where it helps offset more than $300 billion in additional tax cuts. It’s also crucial to President Donald Trump’s goal of making corporate tax cuts permanent under the Senate’s budget rules.

  • Volatility continues – Global Threats Remain

    The week saw huge swings in global markets, particularly in the U.S. as shares saw the biggest drop in two months after touching record highs a week earlier.
    Last week we notified our clients regarding our decision to move 100% to cash and in hindsight, this looked to have been perfect timing to avoid the volatile environment markets saw this week. Our timely decision, meant that our Safety First funds avoided such volatility and protected our annual returns, which are exactly in line with our goals.

    We continue to monitor events and look for suitable opportunities to redeploy our funds. Markets are currently sensitive to tax cut reform progress in the U.S., the Senate election in Alabama, and earnings reports. This week saw lofty valuations, the flattening of the yield curve and a selloff in junk bonds adding to global investor concerns.

  • The yearbook is now available to download for 2017

    Over the last year I have been honoured to serve as the Chief Investment Officer of Frenkel Topping Investment Management, being tasked with the incredibly important job of preserving your capital, outperforming inflation after costs and protecting you from the volatility of financial markets.

    The DNA of Safety First has always been to first preserve and protect your capital. We are never afraid to move out of markets and to transition to one hundred per cent cash, when there is a global event that could give rise to unpredictable volatility. Safety First’s incorporates a vitally important benchmark unconstrained approach, which is a crucial investment tool available to enable me in my capacity as Chief Investment Officer to protect your capital from the dangers posed by uncertain markets. Safety First’s purpose is to deliver a smooth investment experience, where volatility is managed in a way that preserves capital over the longer term. As Chief Investment Officer, it is my responsibility to navigate Safety First through the potential dangers posed by any number of geo-political or macro-economic events, which appear to be occurring ever more frequently.

    Here you will find a year book of Chief Investment Officer’s weekly newsletters enclosed that covers my thoughts over a tumultuous investment year, which I hope you find of interest.

  • Back to Cash – Geopolitical risks spread across markets

    On Monday 6 November 2017, I took the decision to move all our Safety-First portfolios to 100% cash. Since I launched our Safety-First range of portfolios I have taken them to 100% cash several times to dampen volatility and avoid geopolitical risks where those risks were foreseeable. It is a unique approach which has served our clients well. Even our most adventurous Safety-First portfolio has less than [5%] volatility throughout 2017, protecting and preserving our client’s capital – our first priority.

    We avoided the volatility and potential losses of Brexit, the US elections, the European elections and other geo-political events through 2017.
    We are now perfectly positioned to redeploy our client’s capital as asset classes find lower levels and global macro risks recede. If that does not happen in 2017, we have locked in strong risk adjusted returns across all our Safety-First portfolios for our clients.