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Info Graphic: World Stock Market Performance and the Media


This info graphic takes a look at how, despite the doom, gloom and media speculation, economics, politics and hyperbole tend to have little effect on the way investment markets see the world. The moral?  Ignore the media “noise” and stay disciplined in your investment strategy. Click the image to enlarge

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Buying a Piig in a Poke?


During the depths of euro crisis, the countries at the periphery of the Eurozone, with the greatest debts and weakest economies, became known collectively as the Piigs.  They were Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain. It all seems such a long time ago now, but back in 2008 and 2009 we were wondering whether the […]

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The Closet Monster


What is potentially worse than putting your money into a high charging actively managed fund (where the managers make investment forecasts and timing decisions with the goal of outperforming a benchmark)?  Putting your money into an actively managed fund that charges high fees and that to a large extent holds the same shares as the […]

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Truly Independent Financial Advice


One of the largest UK IFA networks, Sesame, has recently announced that it is removing all of its member financial adviser firms’ independent status.  All financial advisory firms that operate under the Sesame umbrella will now be offering their clients restricted advice. You may recall the financial advice industry underwent some significant changes at the […]

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Take your eye off the ball


Sometimes we focus so hard on something we think is important, we become oblivious to significant events right under our noses. This is the idea behind The Invisible Gorilla, a book based on a series of experiments by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. The centrepiece of their work is a short film in which two […]

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Passing pensions down the generations


The obvious personal tax benefits of a personal pension (SIPP) are well known, income tax relief on contributions, tax-free growth inside the pension and the option to take 25% of the accumulated fund as a tax-free lump sum, but what about the Inheritance Tax benefits? Defined Contribution pensions (Personal pension/SIPP) can be passed to any […]

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Lasting Power of Attorney


What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions. There are a number of reasons why you might need someone […]

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Gifting funds


3 things to remember if you’re planning on gifting funds You may be familiar with the expression “it’s better to gift with a warm hand than a cold hand” i.e. make gifts during your lifetime and gifting can form an essential part of Inheritance Tax planning. We’ve identified 3 key points with gifting that many […]

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Headline Blues


It’s a tough gig being a financial media pundit whose job requires making eye-grabbing calls on the outcomes of major world events. But at least the pundits rarely have to deal with the consequences of their bad predictions. From the Brexit referendum, to the US presidential vote to general elections in Australia, the Netherlands, France […]

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