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Simon Brazier: Cash is king in volatile economic environment

Management teams have a corporate responsibility to act in the long-term interests of their company and its shareholders. However, the current investment climate – increasingly uncertain, with higher market volatility than that seen over the last couple of years – tends to encourage short-termism and a focus on returning cash to shareholders, in many cases […]

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Stephanie Flanders: A market to buck global equity trends

Some countries look better than others in today’s global bull market. For example, Europe may suffer from market jitters at the possibility of a Greek debt default and US equities are facing the twin headwinds of a higher dollar and pressure on margins. By comparison, Japanese equities are unlikely to be buffeted in the same […]

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Carney: EU referendum needed ‘as soon as necessary’

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the UK should hold a referendum on its membership of the EU “as soon as necessary”. Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme yesterday, Carney said: “We talk to a lot of bosses and there has been uncertainty, whether it’s for the election or the referendum.” He said businesses […]

Flexible reversionary trusts and estate planning

The suitability of different estate planning solutions will depend on the individual’s own circumstances, needs and objectives. When considering the different solutions available there is a trade-off between inheritance tax (IHT) efficiency and access. Overall a flexible reversionary trust provides a greater level of flexibility than a discounted gift trust and can offer individuals a […]

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