US markets upbeat as Clinton gains in final polls

US markets ended their nine-day losing streak on Monday as poll momentum returned in favour of Hillary Clinton ahead of the final day of voting in this year’s presidential election. It had been the longest losing streak for US markets in 35 years. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq were all up above […]


What advisers want to see from the Autumn Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has been warned to leave pensions alone ahead of next week’s Autumn Statement. The Autumn Statement will be delivered on 23 November and will be Hammond’s first since he took over from George Osborne in July. Hammond has already mentioned an intention to scrap the statement altogether, saying he wants to move […]


ECB warns UK equities most vulnerable to a crash

UK shares are expensive and more vulnerable to a crash than equities in most other major global markets, the European Central Bank has warned. Figures in its Financial Stability Review report published this week showed that the UK was the most overvalued market in October, followed by the US, Europe, emerging markets and China. It used […]


Put state pension into ‘run-off’ says think tank

No further entitlements to a state pension should be given after 2020 to reduce the cost to the government, a think tank has argued. In a paper today, The Centre for Policy Studies’ Michael Johnson argues that while past entitlements should be honoured, the state pension is “facing fiscal calamity” without reform. Total spending on […]

A guide to automatic re-enrolment

Since the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012, it has been a popular topic in the press. Recent media focus has been geared towards small and micro employers; however attention is set to return to the UK’s largest businesses as they prepare for re-enrolment. Johnson Fleming has produced a useful guide that provides essential information to help you […]


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