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Global growth forecast downgraded to 2.4%

Global growth has been downgraded by the World Bank, to 2.4 per cent, from its estimate of 2.9 per cent at the start of the year. Weak economies, low commodity prices and depressed global trade have all contributed to the downgrade. Half of the downward revision was due to slow growth in developed nations, which are being […]

Govt paves way for Lloyds share sale as it banks £130m dividend

The Government has announced shares in Lloyds Banking Group could be made available to the public by next March. Chancellor George Osborne announced in January  the proposed discount share sale of Lloyds would be delayed amid market turbulence. But in a statement released yesterday, Treasury economic secretary Harriett Baldwin says the Government is still committed to […]

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Nic Cicutti: Advisers shouldn’t hold grudges over BoE comments

Look, I hate giving away the secrets of the writers’ craft, but there are times when needs really must. About 20 years ago, I was approached by a trade newspaper and asked to contribute a regular column on financial issues relevant to advisers, but with a consumer spin. For many months I toiled away, crafting […]

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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