David has been to see a potential new client about pensions. Paul was a friend of an existing client but took the view pensions were an easy subject. He was somewhat reluctantly seeing David, as it had been suggested he could do with some specific advice, particularly around death benefits and inheritance tax. Paul was […]
With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]
The £47bn merger of Royal Dutch Shell with BG Group could be one of the biggest of the past 10 years, with the resulting company having a value of more than £200bn. If the deal goes through, the combined company would be worth 9 per cent of the FTSE 100 and around 7.5 per cent of […]
The pension freedoms promised by Chancellor George Osborne have arrived. With them have come a whole host of issues and dilemmas for advisers. Insistent transfer requests seem to be top of the list. Personal Finance Society chief executive Keith Richards even took the unusual step of writing to the FCA and the Government to highlight […]
In June 2016, immediately before the Brexit referendum, a curious thing happened. Despite the colossal uncertainty facing the UK, economic data actually started to come in above consensus forecasts. Citi’s economic surprise index nudged into positive territory, which meant that UK economic data had on the whole outperformed consensus forecasts over the prior three months. […]
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