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June Market Commentary

Harold Wilson famously said that, ‘a week is a long time in politics.’ A month is a very long time when we come to write this commentary. Looking back to the first few days of May, the Royal Bank of Scotland was announcing plans to close 162 high street branches in the UK, Facebook said it was […]

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Is the bank of Mum and Dad ‘feeling the pinch’?

‘The bank of Mum and Dad’ will lend enough money to the next generation of UK homeowners in 2018 to make it the equivalent of a top 10 Mortgage Lender. With £5.7bn expected to be handed over to help family members get a foot on the property ladder this year, you could be excused for […]

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5 top travel tips to make your holiday easier

Holidays can be expensive, that’s for sure. Getting everything organised for your trip can be quite a challenge, too. So we’ve compiled these simple tips to save you money and allow you to enjoy your time away to the full. Scanning travel docs It’s a good idea to scan your travel details, passports and insurance […]

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May Market Commentary

Introduction It looked for a long time that the main headline for this commentary would be the opening salvos in a trade war between China and the USA. The International Monetary Fund published a bullish report on world trade, saying that global growth will hit a 7 year high of 3.9% this year – giving […]

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Imagine a world…

The future of money is upon us and it’s exciting. We’re expecting to see 2018 as the year that cash is overtaken as the major form of payment in the UK. Whether it’s through cards, apps or even the swipe of a hand, the time of contactless payments has arrived. Right at the forefront and […]

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5 pitfalls that put your retirement plans at risk

Imagine the scene; you’ve spent your life living frugally, saving efficiently and investing wisely. You enter your well-earned retirement financially secure and excited for the years ahead. The future could pan out in one of two ways; the first could lead to continued security and the financial freedom to enjoy your retirement as planned; the […]

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April Market Commentary

Introduction To say that March was a busy month is an understatement. Russia went to the polls to elect a new President and, in the least surprising result of the year, Vladimir Putin won another six year term. With the Chinese Communist Party removing the rules limiting Xi Jinping to two terms in office, two […]

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How the gender gap hits women’s retirement savings as well as pay

A recent study has found women are generally less well prepared for retirement compared to men. The research, carried out by savings company Standard Life, reveals that whilst over half (55%) of men own a pension, this figure falls to just over a third (36%) in women. Even more alarmingly, more than seven in ten […]

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Are your children or grandchildren at risk from fraudulent investments?

Following a recent study, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a warning that young people are most at risk from fraudulent investment schemes which are promoted through social media. Carrying out the study as part of its ScamSmart campaign, the FCA’s research revealed that 13% of respondents under 25 were likely to trust an […]

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Spring Statement – March 2018 Overview

Introduction In 2016 Britain voted to leave the EU and new Prime Minister Theresa May invited George Osborne to consider an alternative career and replaced him as Chancellor with Philip Hammond, the MP for Runnymede and Weybridge nicknamed ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ by his Commons colleagues. Five months later, Hammond stood up to deliver his first Autumn […]

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