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Neil Woodford: The state of the Union

For all the talk of hung parliaments, horse trading and coalitions, the result of the general election came as a surprise to many – including us. The polls had consistently predicted a close result and so very few commentators (probably none) had expected such a strong performance from the Conservatives on the night. A Conservative […]

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Help to Buy 2 ‘operating at just 13% of capacity’

Help to Buy 2 is operating at just over a tenth of its capacity, according to new research by mortgage insurer Genworth. Chancellor George Osborne pledged the scheme could enable up to £130bn of lending over three years, equal to £43.3bn a year. However, Genworth’s analysis shows the scheme supported £5.7bn in 2014, just 13 […]

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RLAM launches Enhanced Cash Plus fund

Royal London Asset Management has unveiled an Enhanced Cash Plus fund to complement its £1bn Cash Plus fund. The new fund, which launches today, has a similar investment approach to the existing Cash Plus fund, aiming to preserve capital while providing income and capital growth in excess of money market rates, but with the potential […]

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Stephen Womack: There is not always a right answer

I recently read a fascinating book a client recommended to me. Called Do No Harm, it is written by leading brain surgeon Henry Marsh. The book is both a memoir of his medical life and an exploration of what it is like to have to make daily decisions on who to treat and who is […]

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Three questions for employers…

The Family and Childcare Trust’s annual survey has been widely reported in the media and the two headline figures were these: the average cost of a nursery place for a child under two has risen by 33 per cent since 2010; and the costs have risen by five per cent in a single year.

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