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Boris Johnson, now leader of the Conservative Party enters Downing Street as the leader of a divided country facing a constitutional crisis. He has to date played hard-ball with the EU, with a ‘do or die’ attitude in respect of the 31 October deadline. As that date approaches, given that he now has the job

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Global Summary Economists & Policymakers have cut 2019 global growth projections again. However, whilst there is no doubt an overall slowdown, it may well be that outright recession could possibly be avoided in the US and world economies. Consumer confidence and spending remains firm and we are seeing easing in US-China trade tensions, more flexible

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We have all heard the terms, Bitcoin, blockchain and other types of cryptocurrencies, over the last 12 months or so, but what are they, how they work and should we as investors consider them as part of our portfolios.   Conventional currency   To understand what a cryptocurrency is, we first need to look at

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Current Situation December was another volatile month for markets across the world which continue to be affected by the current global economic environment. As the Brexit talks move through their final stages, the UK market was especially volatile, with the perceived balance of possible outcomes ever changing and causing wider than normal fluctuation in performance.

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It has no doubt not escaped your attention that the political agenda both in the UK and in the US has at times been febrile of late. Much like the weather here in the UK, the political climate has also been stormy and inclement.   This has reflected in market volatility across all developed and

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With no significant tax or pension changes in yesterday’s Budget, the key financial planning points are:   Income tax The personal allowance and higher rate threshold will increase earlier than expected to £12,500 and £50,000 respectively from April 2019. The income tax rates and bands for Scottish taxpayers will be announced in Scottish Budget on

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You will have seen a reduction in global stock markets of late back to where they were at the start of 2018 – why is this happening now?   Interest Rates Rising Interest rates in the US is causing bond yields to rise which makes them more attractive for investors looking for income. Consequently, this

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The Dangers of Brexit Given the unprecedented nature of Brexit, many investors are becoming cautious in their approach, which possibly means they may be inclined to invest elsewhere, which is no doubt influenced by the noise of daily politics.   Yet, the truth is that the Brexit uncertainty is well recognised, so while people are

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Today the base rate rose to its highest level since the financial crisis 10 years ago, with the Bank of England increasing it to 0.75%. All 9 members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), chaired by Mark Carney, voted to raise the rate.   This was widely expected by both the market and commentators, given that

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Stock-Market Volatility – February 2018 After a lengthy stretch of calm, stock market volatility has returned this week. On Monday, the Dow Jones index fell 1,175 points, the single largest one-day drop in history. This has affected the UK stock-markets also. The FTSE 100 has dropped over the last week, with six consecutive days of

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