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What’s on these wealth managers' Christmas wishlists?

Another year of reasonable returns and perhaps some world peace if we’re lucky, our readers reveal their Christmas lists...

Darius McDermott

Managing director, Chelsea Financial Services, London 

'I've got quite a long list this year. Hopefully Santa thinks I've been good enough to give me everything I've asked for.

'In addition to the usual socks and pants (apologies for over-sharing), I'd like a smooth Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn to emigrate to outer Mongolia, professor Brian Cox to form the 'Rational Front Party' and become prime minister (as suggested on BBC Radio Two recently) and a 20% correction in stock markets so I can put some cash to use in smaller companies.

'My mum would probably tell me at this point to be careful what I wish for, but I'll risk it! Oh, and maybe a Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster for the office. Looks like great fun.'  

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Darius McDermott

Managing director, Chelsea Financial Services, London 

'I've got quite a long list this year. Hopefully Santa thinks I've been good enough to give me everything I've asked for.

'In addition to the usual socks and pants (apologies for over-sharing), I'd like a smooth Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn to emigrate to outer Mongolia, professor Brian Cox to form the 'Rational Front Party' and become prime minister (as suggested on BBC Radio Two recently) and a 20% correction in stock markets so I can put some cash to use in smaller companies.

'My mum would probably tell me at this point to be careful what I wish for, but I'll risk it! Oh, and maybe a Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster for the office. Looks like great fun.'  

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Navin Chauhan

Investment director, Quilter Cheviot, London


‘Christmas is finally here. The festive lights are on, streets are busy; I have bought my obligatory Christmas jumper and have excuses as to why I’m eating out way too much. It is also the time for me to sit down and make my Christmas wish list.

‘So what do I really want? Of course, I would like global equity markets to have a correction to create a buying opportunity for me, and the macro environment to be supportive of my fund recommendations, particularly within the UK where we have the looming Brexit negotiations.

‘On a more personal level, from an investment perspective (if you can call it that) I would like Ethereum to go towards $5,000 in 2018, and be paid in Bitcoin. I would also be very happy with a new watch, preferably a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with the blue face. That would be nice!’

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Mark Parello

Branch principal, Raymond James, Manchester

‘Without wanting to sound too much like a Miss World contestant, my first wish would be peace to all mankind. In particular, I hope presidents Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un can come to a peaceful agreement, which does not involve firing weapons of mass destruction at each other!

‘For our clients, I wish for steady positive growth in investment markets. This year has delivered spectacular returns for our clients (circa 17% for our balanced risk portfolios) and my wish would be we continue to deliver positive returns for those who have trusted us to look after their financial future.

‘And finally, for all those working in our wonderful industry, I wish for hope. There are many challenges facing our industry in the near term, including Mifid II and Brexit. The reason I wish for hope is, where there is hope in the future, there is power in the present.’

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Amanda Sillars

Fund of funds manager, Jupiter Asset Management, London

‘To my mind, the answer is easy. In the interests of our clients and for me personally, I would like our MPs to work much more closely together and prioritise the medium/long-term interests of our country at all times, thereby ensuring that we have greater political stability and that Brexit negotiations are as sensible as they can be.

‘This would provide businesses and investors with an environment in which they can invest wisely and with confidence, benefiting their clients, stakeholders, our society and our nation.

‘Rays of certainty carry even greater value in times like this, when unusual levels of uncertainty prevail. My wish would require the power of Gabriel, but it would be a blessing to each and every one of us – a vintage Christmas present, for which we will evermore be thankful!’

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Andrew Cumming

Investment director, JM Finn, London 

'As a resident of Suffolk and living not far from Bury St Edmunds I would like to see an improvement in the fortunes of Greene King.

'After numerous broker downgrades, dull trading statements and with the shares trading at a five-year low, I am hoping that the consumer might cheer up over Christmas and the new year, bringing some joy to the shares.'

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Tony Yousefian

Consultant, FundCalibre, London

‘Ah, that’s a good one! I guess the number one item on my wish list would be another year of reasonable returns for clients. For that to happen, it does mean that the markets should be left alone to focus on economic fundamentals.
But with so many geopolitical risks around the world, 2018 could potentially turn out a very bad year for the markets.

‘One of the biggest and potentially massively underestimated geopolitical risks is the ongoing proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. This situation, if it does get out of hand, has the potential of derailing the fragile global economic recovery – the oil price will almost certainly do a Bitcoin!

‘So a resolution of the difference between these two major oil producers is also high on my wish list, closely followed by Santa stealing president Trump’s mobile phone so he can’t tweet anymore.’

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