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UK unemployment has fallen in March, bringing in the best rate since mid-2008. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows that in the first quarter employment for those aged 16 to 64 rose to 73.5 per cent, up from 72.5 per cent a year earlier. Employment was up by 202,000 in the three months to […]

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Mark Dampier: Going against the grain

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 […]

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Attivo acquires four IFAs

Attivo has acquired four IFA businesses and says it is on track to complete a further seven deals this year. The chartered financial planning and wealth management firm has acquired Hertfordshire-based Porter DeVere, which was 130 active clients, and London-based Lifetime Financial Partnership, which has 180 active clients. Attivo has also bought Worcester-based Morgan Fitzgerald […]

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Profile: ‘The future of advice will be more telephone and web-based’

Interrupting clients who were busy watching Coronation Street or bathing their children prompted Rochester-based adviser Jamie Smith-Thompson to establish a telephone-based advice business. The Portal Financial managing director was working as a self-employed adviser, generating his own prospective clients and trying to arrange face-to-face appointments with them when he had his Eureka moment. “I was […]

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Considerations for overseas workers in Germany

With Germany’s strong economic growth leading the eurozone’s recovery, many UK businesses are keen to be part of the success story: recent data shows that there are currently more than 280,000* employees working for a UK-controlled company in the country.

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