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Six Nations Special

With the Six Nations now in full swing, we ask three wealth managers of the home nations their views on how their respective countries have fared so far, who they think will triumph and the best nation to invest in.

Richard Scott, senior fund manager, Hawksmoor

Happily, as an England fan, I think the current tournament is one in which I can confidently look forward to us winning!

England’s performance against Wales demonstrated the qualities which should make us champions, not least dogged determination, and an ability to grind out a result even when not at our best.

However, the English rugby team also display a quality which makes our country such a profitable place to invest, namely unashamedly using the strengths of others to achieve success.

Just as an Australian coach, Eddie Jones, has been vital to England’s victories on the rugby field, so too is the global nature of the UK stock market a feature that makes it such a fertile stock market.

Brexit will not undermine this: if we succeed in loosening our attachment to Europe, we strengthen links to more strongly growing areas elsewhere in the world.

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Richard Scott, senior fund manager, Hawksmoor

Happily, as an England fan, I think the current tournament is one in which I can confidently look forward to us winning!

England’s performance against Wales demonstrated the qualities which should make us champions, not least dogged determination, and an ability to grind out a result even when not at our best.

However, the English rugby team also display a quality which makes our country such a profitable place to invest, namely unashamedly using the strengths of others to achieve success.

Just as an Australian coach, Eddie Jones, has been vital to England’s victories on the rugby field, so too is the global nature of the UK stock market a feature that makes it such a fertile stock market.

Brexit will not undermine this: if we succeed in loosening our attachment to Europe, we strengthen links to more strongly growing areas elsewhere in the world.

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Richard Scott, senior fund manager, Hawksmoor

Happily, as an England fan, I think the current tournament is one in which I can confidently look forward to us winning!

England’s performance against Wales demonstrated the qualities which should make us champions, not least dogged determination, and an ability to grind out a result even when not at our best.

However, the English rugby team also display a quality which makes our country such a profitable place to invest, namely unashamedly using the strengths of others to achieve success.

Just as an Australian coach, Eddie Jones, has been vital to England’s victories on the rugby field, so too is the global nature of the UK stock market a feature that makes it such a fertile stock market.

Brexit will not undermine this: if we succeed in loosening our attachment to Europe, we strengthen links to more strongly growing areas elsewhere in the world.

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Terry Lewis, Associate director, WH Ireland, Cardiff

Two games down and what an exciting Six Nations it is proving to be. Spurred on by the new bonus points, world cup seedings, and the prospect for some of the Lions selection, teams have given it their all.

England are in front and have shown their maturity to win games at the death. Wales, sadly, have yet again demonstrated how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. However, they, like the other home nations, are only one game down with everything still to play for. Ireland, after annihilating Italy, are on a roll and are my favourites for the championship, but it will be close.

The games so far have shown what a wonderful sport rugby is. For those taking part it is interesting and challenging, and for those supporting potentially rewarding. All of this is conducted under very strict regulations that many participants and supporters do not fully understand. Sounds familiar? Perhaps William Webb Ellis was really an investment manager.

As for investment, Wales may have come second to England but there are still some excellent investment opportunities in Welsh companies. Names like Admiral spring to mind, but smaller companies like IQE, International Greetings and Watkin Jones all offer potential for gain.

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Oli Murray, Investment manager, Tcam

As a Scotland fan, it’s a rare thing to want to stay much longer after the final whistle, yet that’s the situation I found myself in at Murrayfield on the opening weekend against Ireland.

Scintillating backs play and a few tries aren’t something you would associate with Scottish rugby, but it was great to see some of that much talked about ‘potential’ come to fruition.

Fast-forward a week, and it was clear that the job isn’t over yet. An almost embarrassingly weak scrum cost us dear against the French. However, more glimpses of magic have left me quietly optimistic for the remaining games.

Ireland to win the tournament, despite that opening day loss.

With Tcam soon opening its first dedicated London office – and with me making the move down South too – I’m inclined to say England has the best investment opportunities. Being home to the financial capital of the world has its benefits, and personally I’m excited to see exactly what it has to offer.

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