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UK GENERAL ELECTION – RESULTS 2017

Introduction This report was written over the weekend of 10th/11th June and revised early on Monday 12th June. As you will appreciate, events are moving very quickly – and continue to do so. For example, on Saturday morning there was pressure to remove Theresa May’s advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill: by lunchtime, they were gone. […]

Bill to the Bank of Mum and Dad could reach £6.5bn

A recent report has suggested that the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ will be lending their children over £6.5 billion this year in order to help them onto the property ladder. The projected figure is around £1.5 billion higher than the £5 billion loaned by parents to their offspring in 2016, demonstrating an increase of […]

June Market Commentary

As we wrote last year, ‘It is tempting to think that Brexit is the only game in town.’ Cross out ‘Brexit’ and replace it with ‘General Election’ and the sentiment holds good. But the rest of the world keeps turning – or in May, grinding to a halt as the WannaCry ransomware attack hit more […]

How to pass on ISAs after you’re gone

ISAs have long been regarded as a simple and effective way of protecting your savings from the taxman, with the increased limit now allowing you to shelter up to £20,000 of your savings a year from being taxed. Whilst this can be a great help in protecting your nest egg during your own life, you’ll […]

Retiring in England? Here are the top destinations

Whilst the impact of Brexit is yet to be known, one thing that may become trickier is relocating to the continent after Britain leaves the EU. It’s a change that will affect those at the end of their working life as well as those near the start, as in the past many have chosen to […]

So, it is a hung Parliament

How a hung Parliament affects your portfolio As dawn breaks, the morning light reveals yet another political gamble that has not paid off for the dice roller.  The UK has a hung Parliament, with no party holding an absolute majority.  Such is the unpredictability of a parliamentary democracy.  If you ask the people of the […]

How deep is your risk?

All investors know that they need to take risks in order to achieve returns higher than cash.   If you asked ten investors if equities were more risky than cash, most would agree; but that depends on how one understands risk.  The investment industry has done a poor job of explaining risk as it relates to […]