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The Budget 2016

The new state pension and how it will affect you

May 9, 2016
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The new single-tier state pension, also referred to as a ‘flat-rate’ pension, came into effect at the start of April this year. Whilst it makes the system simpler, as well as increasing the basic state pension from around £120 per week to a starting figure of […]

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Investing in commodities

May 9, 2016
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The investment term ‘commodities’ refers to raw materials used to make other products. The category includes gold, silver, oil and gas, as well as ‘soft commodities’ including cocoa beans, sugar and wheat. As the commodities sector rarely correlates to either currencies or the stock market, this means that […]

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May Market Commentary

May 9, 2016
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April was the month for stats fanatics…

We monitor a dozen world stock markets for this commentary: remarkably, seven of them rose by 1% during April. Brazil and Russia managed rather more noteworthy increases: the Chinese market shuffled off in the opposite direction.

But April was […]

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A hit on the ‘Buy-to-Let’ market from the Autumn Statement

April 7, 2016
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Chancellor George Osborne landed buy-to-let landlords a shock during the Autumn Statement by announcing a 3% stamp duty surcharge on property purchases from 1st April 2016.

The addition of a 3% extra charge for buy-to-let and second homes on all stamp duty bands above […]

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Retirement plans on hold for many over 50s

April 7, 2016
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A third of people aged over 50 who are employed in the private sector are now planning to retire later than they previously hoped, Aviva’s latest Working Lives report reveals.

The 2016 report – which comprises research among UK private sector employers and employees – has a particular focus […]

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Happy

Wealth? Fame? Working hard? New research reveals what really makes us happy.

April 7, 2016
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It’s been 75 years in the making and the topic for countless philosophers to muse over, but a US study seems to have finally uncovered the secret to happiness and health.

Speaking during a TED Talk, Harvard professor Robert Waldinger revealed that, though wealth and fame continue […]

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April Market Commentary

April 6, 2016
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Introduction

Another month, another dire warning from the economic great and good. In March it was the International Monetary Fund’s turn to warn that the world faces ‘economic derailment.’

As always, the blame was laid firmly at the door of the Chinese economic […]

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The Budget 2016

The Budget 2016

March 17, 2016
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Introduction

 

It was famously said that ‘all roads lead to Rome.’ In British politics, all speeches currently lead to the EU Referendum. George Osborne’s Budget speech, delivered on Wednesday March 16th, was no exception.

More than ever, the Chancellor was seeking to balance politics […]

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