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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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Keeping up with Les Joneses: how the snap election may help smaller companies

25 April 2017

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Clive Hale, director of Fund Calibre sees a possible investment opportunity amid the politicking. Not to be outdone by her European counterparts, Theresa May decided to call a snap election for the UK, which adds to the upcoming voter-fests in France with its final run off in two weeks, Italy and Germany. While I, for […]

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Election looks set to delay Government ban on cold calling by pension scammers

20 April 2017

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The pension industry has warned that the election could delay government action on pension cold callers. A consultation from the Department for Work and Pensions, due “in Spring”, could be pushed back, A. J. Bell has warned and says this could put millions of savers at risk. Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, says: […]

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AJ Bell points out the resilient dividend paying stocks if the market loses its nerve over the election

19 April 2017

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Some 26 FTSE 100 stocks have increased their dividend every year since the financial crisis in 2007. Those firms have generated an average share price gain of 232%, compared to a 13% gain in the FTSE 100 says A.J. Bell. Ashtead heads the pack with a share price return of 957.3% while hose firms have […]

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Uncertainty over French Presidential election has never been greater and markets haven’t priced it in says Unigestion

11 April 2017

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Florian Ielpo, Head of macroeconomic research, Unigestion  suggests that as we approach the first round of the French presidential elections on 23rd April, the uncertainty over who will make it into round two, and the final result, has never been greater. “While a moderate candidate is the most likely victor in our assessment, the situation […]

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Tens of thousands who accessed pension freedoms have overpaid tax and not reclaimed it says AJ Bell

6 April 2017

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Tens of thousands of people who have used the pension freedoms since they came into effect two years ago have failed to reclaim millions of pounds in overpaid tax that would have been charged on their first withdrawals. When someone takes their first flexible withdrawal from their pension fund using the freedoms, it is highly […]

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Just 14% in the UK have confidence in the current political situation but 61% are happy with life

4 April 2017

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The majority of Britons (67%) believe that feeling in control is the key to being happy. At a time of great political and economic unknowns, new research from loan provider Sunny shows that while 61% feel happy with life at present, just 14% have confidence in the current political situation in the UK Some 56% […]

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Investors shouldn’t overweight cash amid worries about disruption counsels fund manager Kames

29 March 2017

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The biggest risk facing investors is being too cautious in overweighting cash in their portfolios due to fear of disruptive events says Stephen Jones, chief investment officer at Kames Capital. Jones, who oversees a range of fixed income, property, equity and multi-asset funds at Kames, says investors risk forgoing attractive investment opportunities by overweighting cash […]

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Work till you’re 68 or maybe 70? State pension age rise on the cards as two reports recommend changes

23 March 2017

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The under 30s may not receive the state pension until they are 70 due to strains on the public finances from increasing life expectancy, a report by government experts has warned. The Government Actuary’s Department, which advises the UK government on issues to do with life expectancy, pensions and spending says that the move may […]

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The 1% fall in the S&P may not mean the end of the bull run

22 March 2017

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America’s S&P 500 index fell 1.4% on Tuesday, its first daily fall of more than 1% since October. But the end of the third-longest such streak since 1970 does not necessarily herald the end of the bull run in US stocks, at least if history is any guide says investment platform AJ Bell. Tuesday’s fall […]

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