It’s nearly Christmas and we’re are so excited for the festivities to begin.
This year has been a rather tough year on every level possible, but it’s time to say ‘goodbye’ to 2011 and say ‘hello’ to 2012. I know it has been a long time Santa, but we at MHP have drawn up our wish list in hope that next year will be a brighter and a more successful year. We might be a bit too old for wish lists, but you see the year 2011 will not exactly go down in history as the most prosperous year. There have been peaks and troughs; times when we felt the global economy was starting to pick up and make a steady recovery, then ‘bang’, a slap in the face and the economy slumped. With all those ups and downs, we deserve a little wish list and we promise that it’s nothing too extravagant.
Now, where should we start Santa……..?
Well, Andy wishes that “Sheffield United can manage to drag themselves out of the festering pit of lower league football”, and if it’s not too much to ask, Andy would also like “to have auto-enrolment in October as it marks a sea change in UK retirement provision, so that even if we have to work until we’re 70, there’ll at least be enough money to live off when we get there.”
Paul at MHP has some tiny wishes as well, “besides rock hard abs and a six inch growth spurt, Paul would like the Bank of England to keep interest rates at 0.5% so his mortgage expense stays low. It would really help him to be able to continue to afford to do nice things like skiing and eating pizza.”
Santa, all year we are constantly reading in the media “it’s his/her/their fault” or “if he/she/it would have done “x, y and z”, we wouldn’t be in this mess. But you know, enough of the “ifs” and the “buts” and the “what ifs”; enough with blaming individuals, countries, nations or institutions for the issues we have encompassed globally. If you’re listening out there, please simply answer Sylvie’s wish that “everyone has a lot of Money, good Health, and a safe Pensions” or Gay’s wish that “markets could get a tail wind behind them to encourage the investor to return and increase confidence amongst our clients.”
We recognise that in times like this people need to face their fears, come together as one, as a community and combat these gloomy, bleak times together. We must surpass these bad times, hand-in-hand and demonstrate we can defeat the chaos “we” have put ourselves into.
Santa, is there space for anymore wishes? If so, Christian would “love to have dinner and share a bottle of wine with the man who redefined Italian politics: Silvio Berlusconi”. And then, he would “like to run, finish and survive his first marathon”.
Or Sara’s wish that “Spurs can win the Premiership title this year” and if that isn’t much to ask she wishes that “for the coming year that people live without fear or regret, live by the moment and pursue all their dreams and aspirations”.
I think that pretty much concludes our Asset Management wish list for 2012. Let’s just hope that 2012 will offer a year of happiness, success, prosperity and health for everyone.
MHP Asset Management Team
Have a great festive season from all of us in the MHP Asset Management Team