HS Financial Services - Where's the risk?
Where's the risk?
As we rather suspected it might, 2015 has begun nervously, with markets in 'stop-start' mode. In monitoring the key themes and risks, here are three areas that we are currently watching:

Underappreciated Growth

The European Central Bank's aggressive plan to increase both the scale and scope of its asset purchases shows that President Draghi is serious about keeping his promise to do "whatever it takes". But investors are still nervous about whether the liquidity being created will have a positive impact on the real economy. We are more sanguine than most about the growth backdrop, both internationally and within the euro area. The fundamental drivers for the single current bloc are very positive; fiscal policy, euro depreciation, banks' appetite to lend and a falling oil price are all moving in the right direction. European earnings momentum is stabilising and earnings growth looks set to significantly exceed the US in 2015. The big question for allocation is: when will markets adjust to a more constructive view?

Earlier US rate rises?
While central bank policy measures, in aggregate, offer support for bonds, we continue to be wary about our exposure, particularly to expensive government and investment grade bonds. Fixed income markets appear to be focused on the short-term disinflationary impact of the fall in oil prices. We believe they have yet to factor in the positive impact on growth that should emerge as the year progresses. Investors may be happy to accept falling bond yields so long as economic conditions remain tepid, but this picture could quickly reverse if macro momentum continues to improve in Europe.

Furthermore, the US labour market is clearly tightening and data is signalling that wage growth is finally picking up. This increases the chances that US rate rises are brought forward which will ultimately pressure areas of the fixed income markets.

UK - trouble beneath the surface
Much has been made of the remarkable turnaround in the UK economy. Surface appearances can be deceptive, however: the housing market is beginning to cool and cannot be relied on indefinitely to support the household wealth effect. Most importantly, years of necessary fiscal consolidation lie ahead to reduce the budget deficit and pay down debt - and this coincides with a period of heightened political uncertainty. The 2015 general election is creeping closer and Britain's political landscape is more fragmented now than at any time since WWII. All indications point to some form of coalition, which could struggle to obtain consensus on the details of fiscal consolidation. In this environment, markets could face an extended period of anxiety.
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General Buyer Terms

This agreement is in relation to MediEstates Limited whose registered office is at 1st Floor, Pacific House, Stanier Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6BF acting for and on behalf of our clients ("the Vendors"); and yourself (Buyer's Name) in relation for an introduction to a prospective sale of a business as a going concern. By registering through this agreement I agree to all terms set out below:

  1. Definitions
    In this Agreement the following terms and phrases shall have the following meaning unless the context otherwise requires:

    Dental Practice business providing dental care. This business is under the MediEstates Ltd sale terms.
    Confidential Information
    Means the actual Vendors identity and all confidential information in respect of the Business, including, but not limited to, any ideas, business methods, prices, accounts, finance, marketing, research, development, manpower plans, processes, market opportunities, intentions, design rights, product information, customer lists or details, employees’ details, trade secrets, computer systems and software, and other matters connected with the products or services manufactured, marketed, provided or obtained by the Vendor, and information concerning the Vendor’s relationships with actual or potential clients or customers and the needs and requirements of such clients’ or customers’ operations.
  2. Obligation of Confidentiality
    The Prospective Purchaser agrees to treat as confidential, information supplied by or on behalf of the Vendor in connection with the sale of the Business.
  3. Exclusions
    The obligation of confidentiality set out in clause 2 does not apply to:
    1. any information received from a third party who was legally free at the time of disclosure to disclose it;
    2. any information which was already lawfully in the Prospective Purchaser’s possession prior to receiving it from MediEstates Ltd on behalf of the Vendor; and
    3. any information which is in its entirety already in the public domain.
  4. Duties of Prospective Purchaser
    1. The Prospective Purchaser shall take such a reasonable security measures to protect the Confidential Information and trade secrets.
    2. The Prospective Purchaser shall not, without the prior written consent of the Vendor, permit any of the Confidential Information:
      1. to be disclosed, other than in confidence to its legal or professional advisors;
      2. to be copied or reproduced;
      3. to be commercially exploited in any way;
      4. to be used for any purpose other than in connection with the prospective purchase of the Business;
      5. MediEstates is registered under the Data Protection Act 2018. Upon Signing this agreement you agree to follow the legal obligations of this act to protect the details of the information supplied to you, with it no to be passed outside of the control of you the prospective purchaser.
    3. The Prospective Purchaser agrees to keep a record of Confidential Information received.
    4. The Prospective Purchaser will return to MediEstates or the Vendor all documents containing Confidential Information and all copies of those documents on demand at any time which are in its possession or under its control, and for this purpose the term “documents” includes computer discs and all other materials capable of storing data and information. The Prospective Purchaser agrees that such documents remain the property of the MediEstates on behalf of the Vendor.
    5. The Prospective Purchaser must not jeopardise or re-direct the sale under any circumstances.
    6. The Prospective Purchaser must not contact the Local Area Team or CCG regarding any practice sale, by any means of media unless written permission is granted from the Vendor.
    7. To carry out own due diligence on practice purchases and accepts that any information MediEstates has supplied is information provided by the vendor and is not responsible for its accuracy or completeness.
  5. This Agreement
    The existence of this Agreement and its terms are confidential and neither MediEstates nor the Purchaser may disclose anything about this Agreement or its subject matter or implementation to any person other than in confidence to their legal or professional advisers.
  6. Duties of Prospective Purchaser
    When buying Dental practices, finance is normally needed. Our organisation operated over more than one of the MediHoldings brand, by completing this from you agree that the information can be shared to our other organisations to avoid the need to register independently and provide the best possible service.

    MediEstates will refer you to the specialist dental lending team and MediFinancial who will contact the necessary banks, whom have preferential healthcare lending rates in some cases, to ascertain which funding is available to you.
    By signing this agreement you do not have to use any of the banks MediFinancial contact, it is just another service which we provide.
  7. Deposit for Dental Practice
    If you are interested in putting forward a formal offer in for a practice, once the offer is accepted there will be a deposit required to secure the practice sale which is dependant of the practice size. This deposit is held in a client account and will be returned to the buyer on completion of the practice sale. You the buyer, will be required to sign a deposit schedule which will cover the buyer and the seller in the event that the practice sale does not proceed.
  8. Changes to this Agreement
    Any changes made to this agreement must be authorised and signed by one of MediEstates Ltd Directors.
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