Expert Opinion: All change in the car industry but how should investors react?

31 August 2017 by Darius McDermott

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The car industry is undergoing profound change right now. The rise of electric vehicles, fuel-efficient cars and automation represent three trends to watch closely over the coming years. The combination of all three suggest the automotive industry has reached an inflection point. The growing popularity of electric cars is underpinned by Volvo’s recent announcement that […]

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Internet savvy – 78% of over 55s managing their finances online

15 August 2017

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Finding a new partner, long lost family member or a dream house are just some of the life changing benefits of using the internet for over 55s. Research from pension provider Phoenix shows that the internet is a vital source for connecting people and finding loved ones around the world – 2.2 million over 55s […]

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Expert Opinion: The Taylor Review: Poor timing?

9 August 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Despite slowing economic indicators – and the many uncertainties of Brexit just over the horizon – the UK’s employment figures have been rather impressive of late.  The official ONS figures in June this year show a record employment rate of 74.8%.  So how is this being achieved? There are many factors at play here, but […]

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Expert Opinion: Brexit – Changing our outlook?

31 July 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Despite being very British in my world outlook, I am not blinkered to some of our national shortcomings.  And I admit to being more than a little concerned about the Brexit journey ahead, and the nation’s apparent lack of progress to prepare for this challenge. I have long suspected that part of the problem is our national […]

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Expert Opinion: What to do when your investment style goes out of fashion

18 July 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Juliet Schooling Latter, research director, Chelsea Financial Services considers the issue of investment style. Flicking through Vogue magazine the other day, I was astonished to come across a page dedicated to fuchsia ensembles (for the colour-challenged, think extremely bright pink). I recall donning something in that shade only once in my life, in a moment […]

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The twenty seven stocks that have grown their dividend every year for the past decade

17 July 2017

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Twenty seven FTSE 100 companies have grown their dividend every year for at least the past 10 years according to research from investment platform AJ Bell. Investment trust Scottish Mortgage has the longest unbroken streak of dividend increases with 34 year, one other FTSE 100 company has increased its dividend every year for over 30 […]

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Expert Opinion: One year on from Brexit should you invest in the UK or the EU?

20 June 2017 by Darius McDermott

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Brexit negotiations begun this week, almost exactly one year on from the UK’s vote to leave the European Union last June. In the past 12 months, UK companies have largely trod water, waiting to see which way the negotiating winds would blow. Many European companies, however, have been ramping up as their economy shows signs […]

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Expert Opinion: After the election, what now for tax relief on pensions?

13 June 2017 by Steve Herbert

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I must admit that I really didn’t see the election result coming.  I’m still rather stunned that the Conservatives managed to lose both a commanding lead in the polls, and a workable majority in the House of Commons, in the space of just a few weeks. Whilst we are on the subject of unexpected outcomes, […]

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Expert Opinion: Britain in a right old pickle

9 June 2017 by Chris Iggo

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Britain is in a right old pickle this morning. Britain really does not know what it wants. It has rejected the most left-wing policy agenda since the 1970s and at the same time rejected (almost) a government that did not appear to have a clear plan for the next parliament given that the next parliament […]

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Royal London warns against bending listing rules to allow Saudi Aramco to list just five per cent of shares in London

8 June 2017

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Any attempt to bend the listing rules in order to facilitate the IPO of Saudi Aramco is highly inappropriate and flagrantly ignores the principles which the UK’s listing rules were designed to defend, Royal London is arguing. While the listing would be a prize asset on the exchange due to the sheer size of the […]

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