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Housing market has ‘dodged a bullet’ after Labour’s election disaster

Industry experts have hailed the Conservative’s majority in the general election and say the housing market has “dodged a bullet” as the UK avoided voting Labour into power. The Conservatives achieved a comprehensive victory, winning 331 of the 650 seats being contested. Labour came second with 232 seats, followed by the Scottish National Party with […]

Tony Wickenden: Pensions pass the tax test

I started my look at “new world” retirement income planning last week. I referenced in that article the importance of taking a wide ranging “all assets” approach to designing a tax efficient strategy to anticipate and deal with the following risks: volatility, inflation, legacy and flexibility. It seems a multi-faceted solution is becoming the strategy […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

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Advisers cheer Conservative victory

Advisers have welcomed news of the Conservatives’ election victory despite mourning the loss of some Liberal Democrat ministers. David Cameron’s party have been swept back into power today, gathering enough seats to rule without the support of the Lib Dems. Alpha Investments and Financial Planning director Alan Solomons says the news is positive for investment markets. […]

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Graphic content – May; UK economic data has finally turned for the worse

In June 2016, immediately before the Brexit referendum, a curious thing happened. Despite the colossal uncertainty facing the UK, economic data actually started to come in above consensus forecasts. Citi’s economic surprise index nudged into positive territory, which meant that UK economic data had on the whole outperformed consensus forecasts over the prior three months. […]

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