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Please note with regard our historic news, Oaktree Wealth Management rebranded to Harpsden Wealth Management as of April 2015.

Commentary, January 2020 Asset Allocation

Not much has happened since the last meeting at the end of November. Apart from the UK election, the assassination of Iran’s General Soleimani by the US, the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, the signing of Phase One of the Sino-US trade agreement and the impeachment of the US President.

Q4 Commentary, January 2020

I still expect 2020 to be better for the industrial economy than 2019 but the more predictable the outlook for global trade becomes the more meaningful the improvement will be.

Commentary, November 2019 Asset Allocation

Lastly, the other change in investor behaviour of late is that they seem to have fallen out of love with fast growing loss making companies. Privately owned WeWork is the poster child of this ilk

Harpsden Wealth Management in top 100

Harpsden Wealth Management have been recognised in this years New Model Advisor top 100 firms.

Q3 Commentary, October 2019

When one combines the facts some parts of manufacturing have been in a decline for a while (the nascent recovery earlier in the year being sniffed out by the re- escalation of trade issues in May) and both Central Banks and governments anxious to avoid deflation, then there is a good chance things shall improve from here.

Commentary, July 2019 Asset Allocation

UK Markit Manufacturing PMI below 50, a 14% drop in investment into the UK from foreign firms, the Japanese Tankan report, US Philadelphia Fed Index reading of 0.3 versus 10.4 expected, Chinese Manufacturing PMI below 50 and a 2.2% drop in German factory orders in June are all examples of industrial weakness.

Commentary, Q2 2019 Asset Allocation

Although I was very optimistic on equities at the beginning of the year and still expect some markets to eke out gains I have to confess a lot of the progress I expected has already been achieved in European and US Indices. There is a little more to go for in Asia whilst Japan and the UK could play catch up if politics plays out in a benign fashion[…]

Commentary, May 2019

I said in my January commentary that activity and sentiment seemed to be the diametric opposite of January 2018 and would likely evolve in the opposite way too (i.e. go from bad to better as opposed to good to worse like last year). We still seem to be just about on track for such an outcome […]

Q1 Commentary, April 2019

Despite the likely wobbles in between, I am reasonably confident more money will be made between now and year end. With the obvious, and big, caveat that this is dependent on policy makers behaving themselves.

Commentary, March 2019

Since our last commentary on January 31st the Manufacturing economy around the globe continued to slow markedly whilst Services slowed only a little and included more pockets of strength than the industrial side of the economy. Some of the more influential economic releases since the last […]

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Andrew, Suffolk

“Harpsden provided us with excellent, complete and impartial advice. Jeremy Arthur’s understanding of matters peripheral to investments was very good and his knowledge enabled us to question and clarify other advice being provided by other advisers. We have complete trust in them which we have not always felt with other financial advisers.”

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“Jeremy has been an exemplary advisor, offering me excellent professional advice, showing absolute professional discretion and where appropriate connected me to useful contacts. It has to date been a pleasure working with Jeremy.”

Stephen, Oxfordshire

“Jeremy has been very professional from day one and has always taken the utmost care in finding out what I needed and how to best provide that for me. It does not end there, we meet on a regular basis to discuss where I am and any changes in my short or long term plans. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jeremy without any hesitation what so ever.”

Lis, Oxfordshire

“I completely trust Roland. He’s clear in assessing the level of risk I want to adopt, in advising on my current position and the options available, and in explaining his reasons for his advice on the best way forward. I have been using him for many years, and trust him so much that he is now also advising my wife, my 2 children, my mother and also acted (until her death) for my aunt!”

Robert, Surrey

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Professional Adviser Awards 2018

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Professional Adviser Awards 2018

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