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MASECO Financial is an independent wealth management firm specialising in developing and implementing financial planning and tax efficient strategies for individuals and families.
The partners strongly believe that during the last twenty years there has been a downgrading of relationship banking. Instead of the product driven model delivered by some institutions, we believe clients deserve sound, genuinely independent advice.
We have created a partnership that is the antithesis of the global private bank. MASECO Financial is more focused, has no conflicts of interest and, most importantly, puts our clients first.
All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice and are not intended to be a guarantee of future events. This document is for information only and does not constitute a solicitation to buy or sell securities nor does purport to be a complete description of our investment policy, markets or any securities referred to in the material.Opinions expressed herein are not intended to be a forecast of future events or a guarantee of future results or investment advice and are subject to change without notice or based on market and other conditions. A ny reference to model portfolios, which is used for internal purposes, is purely illustrative. The value of investments and the income from them may fluctuate and can fall as well as rise. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. You may not recover what you invest.
Although information in this document has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, MASECO LLP does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness and accept no liability for any direct or consequential losses arising from its use. Throughout this publication where charts indicate that a third party (parties) is the source, please note that the source references the raw data received from such parties.
MASECO LLP and its affiliates do not provide tax or legal advice and levels and bases of taxation can change. To the extent that this material or any attachment concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. A ny such taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer’s particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.
Neither asset allocation nor diversification assures a profit or protects against a loss in declining financial markets.
Bonds are affected by a number of risks, including fluctuations in interest rates, credit risk and prepayment risk. In general, as prevailing interest rates rise, fixed income securities prices will fall. Bonds face credit risk if a decline in an issuer’s credit rating, or creditworthiness, causes a bond’s price to decline. High yield bonds are subject to additional risks such as increased risk of default and greater volatility because of the lower credit quality of the issues.
Bonds rated below investment grade may have speculative characteristics and present significant risks beyond those of other securities, including greater credit risk and price volatility in the secondary market. Investors should be careful to consider these risks alongside their individual circumstances, objectives and risk tolerance before investing in high yield bonds. High yield bonds should comprise only a limited portion of a balanced portfolio.
Finally, bonds can be subject to prepayment risk. When interest rates fall, an issuer may choose to borrow money at a lower interest rate, while paying off its previously issued bonds. A s a consequence, underlying bonds will lose the interest payments from the investment and will be forced to reinvest in a market where prevailing interest rates are lower than when the initial investment was made.
Alternative investments referenced in this report are speculative and entail significant risks that can include losses due to leveraging or other speculative investment practices, lack of liquidity, volatility of returns on transferring interests in the fund, potential lack of diversification, absence of information regarding valuations and pricing, complex tax structures and delays in tax reporting, less regulation and higher fees than mutual funds and advisor risk.
Investing in commodities entails significant risks. Commodity prices may be affected by a variety of factors at any time, including but not limited to (i) changes in supply and demand relationships, (ii) governmental programs and policies, (iii) national and international political and economic events, war and terrorist events, (iv) changes in interest and exchange rates, (v) trading activities in commodities and related contracts, (vi) pestilence, technological change and weather, and (vii) the price volatility of a commodity. In addition, the commodities markets are subject to temporary distortions or other disruptions due to various factors, including lack of liquidity, participation of speculators and government intervention.
The prices of real assets- precious metals tend to fluctuate widely and unpredictably, and have historically experienced periods of flat or declining prices. Prices are affected by global supply and demand, investors’ expectations with respect to the rate of inflation, currency exchange rates, interest rates, investment and trading activities of hedge funds and commodity funds, and global or regional political, economic or financial events and situations.
RE ITs investing risks are similar to those associated with direct investments in real estate: lack of liquidity, limited diversification and sensitivity to economic factors such as interest rate changes and market recessions.
The indexes are unmanaged, are shown for illustrative purposes only and do not represent the performance of any specific investment. Index returns do not include expenses, fees or sales charges, which would lower performance.
International investing entails greater risk, as well as greater potential rewards compared to investing in your local stock market. These risks include political and economic uncertainties of foreign countries as well as the risk of currency fluctuations. These risks are magnified in countries with emerging markets, since these countries may have relatively unstable governments and less established markets and economics.
Investing in smaller companies involves risks not associated with more established companies, such as business risk, significant stock price fluctuations and illiquidity. Interest on municipal bonds is generally exempt from US federal income tax; however, some bonds may be subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Typically, state tax-exemption applies if securities are issued within one’s state of residence; if applicable, local exemption applies for issues within one’s city of residence.
The initial interest rate on an inflation-linked security may be lower than that of a fixed-rate security of the same maturity because investors expect to receive additional income due to future increases in CPI. However, there can be no assurance that these increases in CPI will occur.
Changes in exchange rates may have an adverse effect on the value, price or income of foreign currency denominated securities.
Investments or investment services referred to may not be suitable for all recipients.
In the UK, certain services are available through MASECO Financial (‘MASECO’), 10 Charles II Street, London, SW1Y 4AA , which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services A uthority for the conduct of investment business in the UK. The Financial Services A uthority does not regulate tax advice. Messages and telephone calls to and from MASECO Financial may be monitored to ensure compliance with internal policies and to protect our business.
MASECO is a FINRA/SEC Registered Investment Advisor in the United States of America.
US Treasury Department Circular 230 disclosure: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this communication (including any attachments) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal R evenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed herein.
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