Britain in a right old pickle

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 […]

9 June 2017 by Chris Iggo

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Pensions: An open goal?

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 […]

26 May 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Positive political change helping Asia’s comeback

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 […]

24 May 2017 by Darius McDermott

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A government with a big majority may be better positioned to change the pension tax relief system

They say that a week is a long time in politics.  So the fortnight since I posted this article on the Lifetime ISA and potential changes to pension tax reliefs could now be considered an age. For yesterday’s surprise announcement of another General Election in the UK once again throws many certainties and assumptions on […]

19 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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The Lifetime ISA may not pose a threat to traditional pensions while current tax reliefs remain in place

Last month’s very public government U-turn on the decision to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed was largely delivered because of pressure from the Tory back-benches rather than HM’s Official Opposition.  This only serves to underline how precarious the Government’s current position is.  For at least the next two years the Administration must seek […]

6 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Adding India to your ISA now could help you save for decades

Mentioning demographics when one talks about India almost seems redundant – so obvious an advantage does that country have. Yet with a population of around 1.3 billion; a growing, youthful workforce; and a swelling middle class, it’s also impossible not to highlight the long-term potential. UK equity funds form the core of most people’s ISA […]

21 March 2017 by Darius McDermott

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The signs are there for the end of the expansion but they are not very strong

No-one really seems to have enjoyed the current economic expansion and now, because it has been going on for several years, some are worrying about the end. The typical end of cycle signs are there – rising inflation, higher interest rates, leverage and overvalued financial assets. But, really, they are all quite tepid. The Federal […]

17 March 2017 by Chris Iggo

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Tax free childcare is finally due to launch next month, but will the ship leave harbour?

Yesterday the Chancellor confirmed that the government “flagship” policy of Tax Free Childcare is still intended to launch in April this year. Some may argue that this action is well overdue.  This new policy has been awaiting its maiden voyage since it was first announced by the then Coalition government way back in 2013, and […]

9 March 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Looking for consistently good fund management firms

Most of us have a favourite restaurant. You know, a place we like to go where the food is always good, the staff are friendly and we’re happy to recommend it to our friends. The key is consistency. If we went some nights and waited an hour only to get cold food – well, that […]

21 February 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Government can reach the ‘Just about Managing’ by giving more help to working parents

You don’t need me to tell you that Chancellor Philip Hammond faces another delicate balancing act come the Spring Budget in March.  With the UK’s future still far from clear, the Chancellor must show leadership with his decisions to ensure that – in his own words – the economy is “match-fit” for whatever uncertainties lie […]

17 February 2017 by Steve Herbert

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