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April Market Commentary

We started last month’s bulletin in the Crimea, with Russian troops in de facto control of the peninsula. Well, the Crimea is now part of Russia again and the collected denunciations and threatened sanctions of William Hague, John Kerry and the European foreign ministers will do nothing to change that. The question now is what […]

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What did the Budget actually offer for ‘makers, doers and savers’?

George Osborne opened his 2014 Budget announcement by proclaiming that his party would be announcing a Budget for ‘makers, doers and savers’, but what did he actually go on to announce that would benefit those three distinct groups? We took a look at the Chancellor’s speech and picked out the highlights for each. Group: Savers […]

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The 8 most important points from the 2014 Budget

The Chancellor may have gone for the popular phrase from Chancellors of yore by taking ‘a penny off a pint’, but what were the real big announcements during The Budget 2014? We summarise the 8 main points: 1. Changes to pensions mean many more options than just buying an annuity In measures to be introduced […]

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The end of (some) £50 notes: time to unstuff the mattress?

Hopefully you don’t keep all of your savings stuffed in or under the mattress of your bed but if you do happen to keep a ‘rainy day’ store of £50 notes, you had better check your bed linen, otherwise you may find that the value of your assets suddenly goes down in the not too […]

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‘Property Haves’ and ‘Property Have Nots’: Buying property between the ages of 25-36 can have a big impact on you and your children

The current generation of 25 to 36 years olds, the traditional age group for first-time buyers, are split into ‘property haves’ and ‘property have-nots’. These young adults can expect their current circumstances to have a significant effect on their future property purchases and those of their children, according to a report from HSBC. The headline […]

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