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What are NFTs, and why should you care?

You might be familiar with cryptocurrency: the digital currencies which can be exchanged for goods and services developed using a technology called blockchain. You may also have seen NFTs, or Non-Fungible Tokens, making headlines of late. In essence they are an asset also developed on blockchain. You may also have never heard of the term. […]

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Welcome to the National Infrastructure Bank

One of the most eye-catching announcements in Rishi Sunak’s recent Budget was the creation of  the National Infrastructure Bank, which – as part of the Government’s commitment to economic ‘levelling-up’ across the UK – will be based in Leeds. What is the new bank? Why is it being introduced? And what impact might it have […]

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The Chancellor’s Mortgage Guarantee: a Good Idea? Or a Big Mistake?

“Generation Rent,” declared Rishi Sunak in his Budget speech, “will become Generation Buy.” Had the House of Commons been full, this announcement would no doubt have been greeted with loud cheers by Conservative backbenchers. At last, someone is doing something to help young people get on the housing ladder… So what did the Chancellor announce? […]

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April Market Commentary

Introduction This market commentary has been produced for some time now but March 2021 was the first month when a ship made the headlines. Anyone who watched a news bulletin will have seen the mega-container ship the Ever Green firmly wedged across the Suez Canal. The ship, which is 400m long, was finally re-floated having […]

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Is Green Investment set to bloom?

On January 20th Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. One of his campaign pledges was a commitment to take the US back into the Paris Climate Agreement, which the country had left under his predecessor. Here in the UK, the Government is committed to a series of green initiatives, including […]

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No Jab, No Job? Will the Covid-19 Vaccination become compulsory?

Saga, the company that provides insurance and holidays for the over 50s, has just said that it will turn away any cruise passengers who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days prior to departure. Since November, Australian airline Qantas has stated that passengers will need to prove they have had the vaccination […]

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Can Investing in one Company make you a Millionaire?

We all know that investments can rise and fall in value. That a prudent investor spreads their risk across different sectors and across different markets. And we all remember our very first financial adviser, our Grandma, who told us not to put all our eggs in one basket. But between Christmas and New Year there […]

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February Market Commentary

Introduction It might be appropriate to start January 2021 by looking back at last year. At the start of January 2020, we were fairly sure what we would be writing about, which included the run-up to Brexit on the 31st and a gradual thawing of US/China relations with a long-awaited trade deal due to be signed. […]

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