Expert Opinion: Positive political change helping Asia’s comeback

24 May 2017 by Darius McDermott

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While investors eyes have been on the US and UK stock markets continuing to reach new all-time highs, Asian stock markets have also been enjoying a positive run in 2017, recording their best year-to-date performance since 2009. Encouragingly, overall, and notably for Taiwan and South Korea, earnings forecasts have been revised upwards due to stronger […]

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Big city trams put 12% on property prices two years after opening

15 May 2017

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House prices have been boosted by improved transport links with new tram lines driving up property values, according to new research by Lloyds Bank. House prices along the tram routes in Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh grew by an average of 12% in the first two years after opening. This contrasts with the two years before […]

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Keeping up with Les Joneses: how the snap election may help smaller companies

25 April 2017

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Clive Hale, director of Fund Calibre sees a possible investment opportunity amid the politicking. Not to be outdone by her European counterparts, Theresa May decided to call a snap election for the UK, which adds to the upcoming voter-fests in France with its final run off in two weeks, Italy and Germany. While I, for […]

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Election looks set to delay Government ban on cold calling by pension scammers

20 April 2017

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The pension industry has warned that the election could delay government action on pension cold callers. A consultation from the Department for Work and Pensions, due “in Spring”, could be pushed back, A. J. Bell has warned and says this could put millions of savers at risk. Tom Selby, senior analyst at AJ Bell, says: […]

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Expert Opinion: A government with a big majority may be better positioned to change the pension tax relief system

19 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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They say that a week is a long time in politics.  So the fortnight since I posted this article on the Lifetime ISA and potential changes to pension tax reliefs could now be considered an age. For yesterday’s surprise announcement of another General Election in the UK once again throws many certainties and assumptions on […]

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AJ Bell points out the resilient dividend paying stocks if the market loses its nerve over the election

19 April 2017

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Some 26 FTSE 100 stocks have increased their dividend every year since the financial crisis in 2007. Those firms have generated an average share price gain of 232%, compared to a 13% gain in the FTSE 100 says A.J. Bell. Ashtead heads the pack with a share price return of 957.3% while hose firms have […]

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Uncertainty over French Presidential election has never been greater and markets haven’t priced it in says Unigestion

11 April 2017

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Florian Ielpo, Head of macroeconomic research, Unigestion  suggests that as we approach the first round of the French presidential elections on 23rd April, the uncertainty over who will make it into round two, and the final result, has never been greater. “While a moderate candidate is the most likely victor in our assessment, the situation […]

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Expert Opinion: The Lifetime ISA may not pose a threat to traditional pensions while current tax reliefs remain in place

6 April 2017 by Steve Herbert

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Last month’s very public government U-turn on the decision to increase National Insurance contributions for the self-employed was largely delivered because of pressure from the Tory back-benches rather than HM’s Official Opposition.  This only serves to underline how precarious the Government’s current position is.  For at least the next two years the Administration must seek […]

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Tens of thousands who accessed pension freedoms have overpaid tax and not reclaimed it says AJ Bell

6 April 2017

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Tens of thousands of people who have used the pension freedoms since they came into effect two years ago have failed to reclaim millions of pounds in overpaid tax that would have been charged on their first withdrawals. When someone takes their first flexible withdrawal from their pension fund using the freedoms, it is highly […]

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Just 14% in the UK have confidence in the current political situation but 61% are happy with life

4 April 2017

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The majority of Britons (67%) believe that feeling in control is the key to being happy. At a time of great political and economic unknowns, new research from loan provider Sunny shows that while 61% feel happy with life at present, just 14% have confidence in the current political situation in the UK Some 56% […]

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