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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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SMEs urged to lock in exchange rates for overseas payments as triggering of Article 50 approaches

22 March 2017

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SMEs have been urged to ‘lock in’ an exchange rate for their upcoming overseas payments before Article 50 is triggered by the Prime Minister Theresa May. Online overseas payments service Money Mover is urging Britain’s SMEs to consider reducing uncertainty surrounding their foreign currency transactions for up to the next six months. Hamish Anderson, CEO […]

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Eight tax changes to watch out for in 2017/2018

21 March 2017

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The last two years have brought about a plethora of change for investors. As another tax year fast approaches Hargreaves Lansdown highlights eight changes you should be aware of when it comes to saving tax in 2017/2018. Corporate bond funds change to paying gross interest Since April 2016 interest from bank and savings accounts has […]

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“A serious threat to living standards” – experts give their view on the rise in inflation

21 March 2017

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The Consumer Price index has risen to 2.3% compared with 1.8% in January with the Office for National Statistics attributing much of the rise to higher transport costs. The rate in February 2017 was the highest since September 2013, having steadily increased since late 2015. Rising transport costs, particularly for fuel, were the main contributors […]

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Sponsored post – New guide to help ISA investors break £762 billion cash stranglehold

20 March 2017

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Good With Money has published a guide to stocks and shares ISAs, aimed at people with little experience of stock market investing. According to investment platform Selftrade from Equiniti, co-sponsor of the guide, some £762 billion of Brits’ savings sits in cash, and only 26 per cent have any investments at all. Just 12 per […]

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