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£10,680 Isa limit

The Isa allowance is to rise by £480 next year to £10,680 after Office for National Statistics said the RPI stood at 4.6 per cent in September.


Mighty macro

There was an interesting article in the American financial press that I came across recently. It seems that a noted stockpicker was blaming his recent underperformance on “a tidal wave of macro forces”. Certainly, there have been more than a few instances of bottom-up merchants being unseated by recent market behaviour but this particular manager […]


Hide and seek

One has to question the motives, style and reasoning behind Towry’s latest advertising campaign in the Daily Telegraph. I am bemused at the wording in the advert. Since when has commission been “hidden” and who says time-based fees are fairer? Surely, both are open to abuse in equal measures? Luckily for Thameside’s clients, we give […]

Richard Plackett steps down as manager on BlackRock UK Smaller Companies

Richard Plackett has handed the management of his BlackRock UK Smaller Companies fund to Ralph Cox. Cox has been managing the £328m fund alongside Plackett since August 2007. Cox has also worked with him on the BlackRock UK Emerging Companies hedge fund since its launch in 2004. Despite handing the mandate of the BFM UK […]

Can you put a hat on?

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant You might think the question in the title is a strange one. Perhaps even more so when you learn that it’s one of several asked as part of an assessment for Employment Support Allowance eligibility in the opening scenes of the 2016 film, ‘I, Daniel Blake’. Daniel is a carpenter […]


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