• Continued uncertainties add to present investment volatility.

    Unremitting negative sentiment in global stock markets increased on Thursday putting market values under immense pressure owing to continuing uncertainties, caused mainly by trade conflict between the USA & China.The leading stock market indices around the world fell significantly but Wall …

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  • A Little Crystal Balling.

    There have been few rumours about the contents of next month's Budget. Will it be a quiet affair? We will have to wait and see.The Autumn Budget is now less than six weeks away and so far there have been few rumours about it contents. There are several reasons for this: We are at the start of …

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  • August inflation numbers.

    August Inflation NumbersThe Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August showed prices rising 0.6% over the month, whereas prices were up by half as much between July 2016 and August 2016.The consensus had been for a 2.8% annual rate, so the rise to that much nearer 3% surprised the markets and took …

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  • Inflation up? Yes. Interest rates up? Maybe.

     The latest inflation figures came as a surprise for the markets and the Bank of England. Based on the government’s favoured yardstick, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), prices rose by 2.9% in the year to May, the highest level since June 2013. The Retail Prices Index (RPI), which is no …

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  • Is your pension pot boiling over, if not will it in the years ahead?

    The lifetime allowance is reducing to £1m on the 6th April 2016. If your pension pot is sizable it’s a good time to think about the reduction in the lifetime allowance and how this might affect you.The Government has offered detailed provision for those with large pension pots. This …

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  • 21,600 Lamborghinis sold in six months.

    HMRC figures show that £2.7 billion has been cashed from pensions by 55 years olds plus since pension rules changed giving access to the funds.That’s 21,600 Lamborghinis in over six months, or 182 Lamborghinis every day, about five an hour based on buying the cheapest model which is …

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