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Check out below all the articles and updates from Kellands.

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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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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23/6/2017

Building society's account deadline axed

Current accounts at the Norwich and Peterborough had been earmarked to close by the end of August.

23/6/2017

Big hitters

The Women's Cricket World Cup gets under way, on a mission to grow as a sport and a business