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What a difference 14 years has made…

Early in September, the FTSE 100 reached its highest level since December 1999. People might read into this story that it’s taken 14 years for the market to recover from the tech crash and the credit crisis and that stock-market investment has been pointless over that period. Looking at the blue line on the chart […]

Remembering our brave soldiers

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One and 70 years since the D-Day landings. On Remembrance Day we were fortunate enough to receive an email from one of our clients with a picture of his father Alfred Charles Low playing the Last Post at the cenotaph 1919/1920. His father was […]

£100,000 Annual Public Sector Pensions Number Doubles in Just 3 Years

The number of retired public sector workers receiving pensions of more than £100,000 per annum has more than doubled since 2011, according to new research from the Intergenerational Foundation (IF) published in September 2014. In total, more than 395 high ranking public sector retirees now enjoy annual pensions of more than £100,000 compared to 148 […]

November Market Commentary

In all the time we’ve been writing these market commentaries it’s difficult to remember a more turbulent month than October 2014. Throughout the summer we have been writing about events in the Ukraine and the worries that conflict posed for Europe. Fortunately we now have a ceasefire in the region – and Russia and the […]

One in three of us plan to use the markets in retirement

New research from MGM Advantage, the retirement income specialist, suggests that UK adults are planning to use equity investments to help them outstrip inflation and manage the rising cost of living. Over half (53%) of UK adults rate the rising cost of living as their number one fear for retirement, and almost a third (32%) […]

Homes worth £3 million or more to be hit hardest by proposed ‘Mansion Tax’

Those owning properties worth more than £3million will be hit with tax bills starting from £10,000 under a Labour government, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). Under the party’s mansion tax plans, homes worth between £2m and £3m would attract around £3,000 in liabilities, but properties worth above £3m will take […]