For nearly 60 years, global oil markets have been largely influenced by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The combined oil production of the 14-member-nation group makes up about 30% of the world’s total production, with Saudi Arabia representing over a third of that production.
There are several qualities expected from the people who manage your money and perhaps a shorter list of critical components required for a successful long-term fiduciary relationship – trust, loyalty, fair pricing, and stability.
Global equity markets are up significantly in 2019 as they continue to rebound from last year's sharp selloff. The S&P 500 index reclaimed new highs on its way to a 19% gain in the first half of 2019, the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose by 17% and the global MSCI All Country index advanced by 14%.
President Trump has given the Chinese government the road map to resolution over the Global Trade War. If the Chinese follow the blueprint, it could provide a positive impact for the financial markets.
Not long ago, during an estate plan review for a prospective Whittier Trust client, the firm’s representatives discovered an important issue. The potential client’s child from his first marriage was set up to take over his business — in which he’d given his second wife voting control.