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Investing globally: breaking down barriers

By Aberdeen Asset Management

With access to the global economy, why wouldn’t you take advantage of having a global asset allocation?

The benefits of investing globally have been well documented and yet investors have continued to invest in a disproportionate amount in stocks listed in their home market. This phenomenon, referred to as ‘home-bias’, is the tendency for investors to invest in domestic equities despite the benefits of diversifying into foreign equities.



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UK life premiums will grow by almost £30bn over the next four years, according to figures from EY’s ITEM club. The growth would represent an increase of 16 per cent on 2015’s predicted total of £170.9bn, and bring the UK industry to £197.6bn. EY says that growth of 3.8 per cent in 2014 will slowly […]

Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall: When a provider relationship turns sour

I recently advised one of our clients to use the new pension freedoms to close her pension with AJ Bell and withdraw the entire sum as a lump sum. It formed part of a much larger portfolio of investments but the pension pot was relatively small. For our involvement we agreed to charge the client […]

Tony Wickenden: Budget implications for financial planning (part II)

Last week I began to look at the five summer Budget proposals I believe hold the greatest importance for financial planners. I started with dividend taxation reform and the pensions tax relief consultation: both big subjects offering big opportunities for advisers to have constructive conversations with affected clients. The alterations to dividend tax are fundamentally […]


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