Ethel Villapando
21 June, 2018
Austen Morris Associates is built on a foundation of strong bonds and long-lasting relationships, not only with our clients, but also with our staff. Without the dedicated people who work tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of business you’ve come to know and expect, we would just be another ordinary financial services company.

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19 June, 2018
Last week saw 3 big central bank meetings, which served to reiterate the varying fortunes of the US, Europe and Japan since the crisis. In the US, the FED raised rates and upgraded forecasts as they predicted - 4 rate hikes for 2018 and a continuation of one of the longest economic cycles in history.... more
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18 June, 2018
Austen Morris Associates is pleased to announce that David Morgan has joined the Johannesburg, South Africa team as an Associate Partner. David’s career spans a diverse and expansive level of achievement and experience in financial planning and marketing. Starting early as a Director for his family business Ford Transport for 5 years, David’s portfolio transcended borders when becoming a Senior Manager and General Manager in the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Dubai and Southern Africa.... more
14 June, 2018
New partnerships bring with them many exciting opportunities and with Ian on-board as both Partner and Africa Regional Manager, we look forward to reaching new heights as a business. Ian has had an outstanding career to date and is well-liked and respected within his peer group and the industry as a whole.... more
12 June, 2018
Although the main global equity and bond benchmarks were relatively stable last week, this masked a number of large moves in underlying markets. In Brazil and Italy, politics weighed on sentiment, whilst a surprise rate hike in Turkey stemmed recent weakness. Meanwhile, the copper price hit the highest level since 2014 as Chinese imports hit the highest levels since 2000.... more
6 June, 2018
In a holiday shortened week for the US and UK, a veritable smorgasbord of news flow buffeted markets. From a general sense, two of the most prominent recent headwinds for the market (US rates and the oil price) may now start to cool. With respect to the former, hikes will likely continue this year, but FED rhetoric may turn more dovish as the FOMC digest the effects of their tightening and the ageing cycle. Indeed, slowing but still above trend growth, Europe is likely to see the ECB pause for thought as well.... more
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4 June, 2018
On the evening of Wednesday 23rd May, Austen Morris Associates’ Senior Partner Mr. Jon Holand and team hosted another successful Private Client Dinner. The evening was set at the centre of the Bund, in China’s most sought-after waterfront estate, Bund 18. Formerly the Chinese headquarters of the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, our guests enjoyed unparalleled panoramic views ranging from the Huangpu River to the heart of Shanghai’s financial district, Pudong.... more
30 May, 2018
Two weeks ago, the US 10-year bond yield broke decisively through 3% and the oil price (Brent) rose above USD 80. Last week saw an abrupt “about turn”, as dovish Fed minutes continued geopolitical wrangling and speculation of easing OPEC supply restrictions, prompted the largest drop in US yields in over a year and a 7% intra-week decline in the oil price (with further declines yesterday).... more
23 May, 2018
Since its inception in 1994, Austen Morris Associates has upheld the core values of trust, professionalism and partnership that have led to many long-term relationships with our clients, employees and partners.... more
22 May, 2018
After a month long flirtation, the US 10 year decisively broke through the 3% yield barrier last week, prompting a sharp appreciation of the USD. Whilst US yields have now more than doubled from their 1.35% nadir in July 2016, this still represents an extremely low level by historical standards. Nonetheless, as discussed in recent weeks, the market is now clearly in a different and more volatile paradigm from that enjoyed during 2017.... more
17 May, 2018
Austen Morris Associates is pleased to announce that Daniela De Falco has joined the Johannesburg, South Africa team as a Client Services Manager. Daniela began her career in the hospitality industry, where she worked as a commis chef in various restaurants and catering organisations.... more
15 May, 2018
As the global economy normalises after 18 months of perfect calm, a number of flash points are emerging. Argentina has requested help from the IMF after a precipitous fall in its currency and facing an unsustainable fiscal position. This comes only 6 months after the country successfully sold 100 year bonds, which now trade below 90 cents in the dollar...... more