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December 23, 2016

The lesson of 2016 – stay diversified.

Whether or not we see a Santa Rally this year, both the Dow Jones and the FTSE100 have already been flying high as we approach the year end, despite most expert predictions and the Brexit and Trump votes.

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December 2, 2016

Should you consolidate your pensions?

Consolidating your various pensions into one can make keeping track of your pension savings easier. It can also potentially reduce the amount of management fees you are paying. And when you eventually come to retire, it will also be more straightforward if you merely have one scheme to deal with.

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November 24, 2016

Autumn Statement 2016

In his first Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond praised the "strength and resilience" of the UK economy since the Brexit vote and pointed out that the IMF predicts the UK will be the fastest growing major economy this year, with employment at a record high.

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October 19, 2016

Inflation hits 1%. Options for savers and investors?

Inflation rose to its highest level in 22 months in September. The consumer prices index (CPI) rate of inflation increased to 1.0%, up from 0.6% in August and looks certain to go even higher in the next few months, possibly exceeding the Bank of England’s 2% target next year.

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October 5, 2016

Stocks soar as sterling slumps

Stock markets in the UK soared yesterday, with the FTSE100 closing at 7,074.34, its highest level since the record finish of 7,104 in April 2015. Indeed, it came close to setting a new record high, before a last-minute burst of profit taking. Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 mid-cap index did close at a new peak.

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September 25, 2016

Boring bull run OK for investors.

According to BofA Merrill Lynch, we are in the midst of the second longest cyclical bull market ever. They say the cyclical bull market started on 09 March 2009, and has now comfortably surpassed the June 1949-August 1956 rally, only being beaten by the December 1987-March 2000 advance.

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September 21, 2016

Property funds post-Brexit

Following Brexit, many investors rushed to get out of UK open-ended property funds, but the fall in prices could present an interesting opportunity for the brave investor.

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August 4, 2016

UK interest rates cut to record low level

As widely trailed, UK interest rates were cut today from 0.5% to 0.25% - a record low level and the first cut for over 7 years. The decision to cut interest rates was approved unanimously by the members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and further cuts were not ruled out.

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July 22, 2016

Lower Capital Gains Tax helps investors

The cutting of capital gains tax (CGT) in the March budget was an unexpected surprise and is good news for those with larger portfolios held outside Isas and/or those sitting on significant gains.

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12/12/2017

Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

Restaurants face having to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps.

12/12/2017

Investigation ordered into 'misleading' festive tickets

Customers have been sold tickets for trains that will not run or will be disrupted, a watchdog says.