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BlackRock Q1 profit up 9% helped by ETFs inflows

BlackRock has reported a 9 per cent rise in net income in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year, helped by large inflows into its exchange-traded funds. Net income was £551m in the first quarter of 2015, up from £507m in the same period last year. The company saw $70.4bn […]

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Gross lending forecasts set to be revised down as market falters

The Council of Mortgage Lenders’ gross mortgage lending target looks set to be missed this year as the market becomes more subdued, say industry experts. In December the CML forecast gross lending of £222bn in 2015, up by 8.8 per cent from £204bn last year, and rising to £240bn in 2016. But in a “state […]

David Shelton’s business tips: Making communications consistent

Most communications activity comes with a cost and it is important to achieve the best impact. In addition to well targeted content that is relevant to the recipient it is also essential to achieve consistency. You can use these high level questions to help identify if you have any gaps and opportunities for improvement. If […]

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Tories to raid pensions tax relief to slash IHT

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged the Conservatives will create a new threshold for inheritance tax of £1m if elected. The changes would come into effect from April 2017, and will be funded by restrictions on pensions tax relief for those earning more than £150,000.  Annual allowances for savings will be tiered on earnings between […]

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Stumped by social media?

By Scott Mill, Digital Marketing Consultant In an age of seemingly endless distractions, getting the attention of your audience can seem daunting. The challenges faced are already being addressed by other industries and it occurred to me that we could learn a few things from the game of cricket. Play the short game Test cricket […]

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