Expert Opinion: One year on from Brexit should you invest in the UK or the EU?

20 June 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Brexit negotiations begun this week, almost exactly one year on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last June. In the past 12 months, UK companies have largely trod water, waiting to see which way the negotiating winds would blow. Many European companies, however, have been ramping up as their economy shows signs […]

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Expert Opinion: After the election, what now for tax relief on pensions?

13 June 2017 by Steve Herbert

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I must admit that I really didn’t see the election result coming.  I’m still rather stunned that the Conservatives managed to lose both a commanding lead in the polls, and a workable majority in the House of Commons, in the space of just a few weeks. Whilst we are on the subject of unexpected outcomes, […]

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Expert Opinion: Britain in a right old pickle

9 June 2017 by Chris Iggo

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Britain is in a right old pickle this morning. Britain really does not know what it wants. It has rejected the most left-wing policy agenda since the 1970s and at the same time rejected (almost) a government that did not appear to have a clear plan for the next parliament given that the next parliament […]

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Royal London warns against bending listing rules to allow Saudi Aramco to list just five per cent of shares in London

8 June 2017

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Any attempt to bend the listing rules in order to facilitate the IPO of Saudi Aramco is highly inappropriate and flagrantly ignores the principles which the UK’s listing rules were designed to defend, Royal London is arguing. While the listing would be a prize asset on the exchange due to the sheer size of the […]

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Borrowers facing average £3,242 if they fall back on to top six lenders’ standard variable rate

2 June 2017

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The UK’s six biggest mortgage lenders are penalising customers who slip onto their Standard Variable Rates (SVR) with a £3,2421 hike in annual interest repayments according to research from online mortgage broker Trussle.  The firm says this is more than a month’s income for the average household2. The research, entitled the Mortgage Saver Review, compares […]

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Jobhunters have the upper hand with well over a million vacancies but one third around the living wage says Adzuna

1 June 2017

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The combination of high vacancies and low competition for jobs has created an ‘employment paradise’ for jobhunters, according to the latest UK Job Market Report from Adzuna.co.uk. The number of vacancies across the UK, now stands at its highest level since November 2015, with 1,179,586 openings currently advertised. With just 0.44 job seekers for every […]

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Chinese annual growth will slow to 3% or 4% in the next two decades says Lombard Odier

31 May 2017

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Stéphane Monier, Head of Investments, Lombard Odier Private Bank, assesses the outlook for China, geopolitical risks in the region and the opportunities for investors. The authorities expect China’s growth to reach 6.5% this year as the economy rebalances from manufacturing and exports to domestic consumption, creating huge opportunities for investors facing low single-digit returns The […]

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Expert Opinion: Pensions: An open goal?

26 May 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Theresa May’s stated aim for calling the 2017 General Election is to provide a stronger working majority to enact legislation around Brexit – thus removing the nagging doubts that some of her MPs might rebel in key votes.  And the bottom line remains that, despite some recent own-goals, the Tory Party are likely to be […]

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Expert Opinion: Positive political change helping Asia’s comeback

24 May 2017 by Darius McDermott

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While investors eyes have been on the US and UK stock markets continuing to reach new all-time highs, Asian stock markets have also been enjoying a positive run in 2017, recording their best year-to-date performance since 2009. Encouragingly, overall, and notably for Taiwan and South Korea, earnings forecasts have been revised upwards due to stronger […]

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Big city trams put 12% on property prices two years after opening

15 May 2017

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House prices have been boosted by improved transport links with new tram lines driving up property values, according to new research by Lloyds Bank. House prices along the tram routes in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh grew by an average of 12% in the first two years after opening. This contrasts with the two years before […]

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