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Our aim is to keep clients fully informed of the latest developments within global markets as well as providing articles on personal finance, investments, savings and pensions.

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August 16, 2017

As an investor, how do you spot the next big tech thing?

The first half of 2017 saw technology stocks flying on Wall Street. Whilst the passion for all things tech has cooled a bit of late, the world has certainly become a digital and technological marketplace. So as an investor, looking for the next big thing, how can you pick the new Facebook or Google?

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August 3, 2017

A record £5billion paid in Inheritance Tax.

The amount paid in inheritance tax reached a record high last year, with £4.9billion being paid in the 2016/17 tax year. And according to data released last week, in the current 2017/18 tax year, inheritance tax receipts have already increased by a further 22%.

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July 8, 2017

Pensions, hung parliament and Brexit

The general election and the ensuing hung parliament, along with Brexit, could have an impact on pensions. A month into the new parliament, what is the current situation regarding pensions and what is the likely impact on investors?

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June 9, 2017

Hung parliament – the implications for investors.

Following last night’s General Election, we now have a hung parliament – as we did back in 2010. The immediate upshot this morning was a fall in sterling of around 2% but at the same time a rise in the FTSE 100 of over 1%, with the index reaching 7545.12, not too far from the current intra-day record of 7,598.99.

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June 2, 2017

Why collective investments?

Whilst some investors select specific stocks, most investors use collective investment schemes. This makes a lot of sense as it reduces risk for the investor.

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May 18, 2017

What not to do when investing

When it comes to investing, it is quite easy to get advice from people – friends, family, journalists and of course financial advisers. They will be only too happy to tell you what to do! However, this article is a little different in that it tells you what not to do.

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April 10, 2017

Retirement and IHT planning intertwined?

Whilst the start of this tax year sees the new main residence nil rate band (MRNRB) come into effect for inheritance tax (IHT) planning purposes, the recent changes to pension rules have affected the IHT planning world in perhaps a more radical way.

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March 15, 2017

Year-end tax planning

There are still a few weeks to go for year-end tax planning, so here are a few guidelines to help you make any last minute plans.

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March 9, 2017

Tax-free dividend allowance cut – act now

The Chancellor announced in yesterday’s budget that the tax-free dividend allowance will fall from £5,000 to £2,000 a year from April 2018. This means investors should look to act now to make the most of their tax allowances.

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February 23, 2017

Is past performance a useful guide for future returns?

When it comes to investing in funds, looking at past performance data is very alluring and is the starting point for many. Because of this, despite the required disclaimer at the bottom of every piece of investment marketing material, stating that past performance is not a guide to future returns, most investors find it difficult not to rely on it.

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February 16, 2017

VCTs selling out fast

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) are continuing to sell well this year, with one selling out within 24 hours, according to last Saturday's Times. The total raised by VCTs in 2016 was £169.5m, well up from the £110.8m in 2015.

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January 21, 2017

Will the FTSE 100 continue to soar?

Friday 13th didn’t prove to be unlucky for the FTSE 100, which reached an all-time high that day, closing at 7,337.81, thus rising for an unequalled 14 consecutive sessions. Since then, the market has fallen back somewhat, leaving investors to ask whether this run can continue or if it has finally run out of steam.

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January 7, 2017

FTSE 100 hits record high for seventh day running

Last night, the FTSE 100 closed with a seventh consecutive all-time high, rising 0.2%, or 14.74 points, to close for the first time ever at over 7,200 (7,210.05). This is approaching the longest run of consecutive closing highs, which was recorded in May 1997, when the FTSE 100 finished at all-time peaks for eight straight sessions. It also represents the fifth straight week of gains.

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17/8/2017

Pain in Spain: Are tourists still welcome?

As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?

17/8/2017

Asda sales grow again after three-year slump

The Walmart-owned supermarket reports its first quarterly like-for-like sales growth since 2014.