Carclo blames Brexit for cancellation of final dividend of the year

31 August 2016

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Plastics and medical products firm Carclo has shocked the market by cancelling its final dividend of the year blaming strains on its defined benefit pension scheme liability calculations exacerbated by Brexit. The final dividend was announced on 7th June and was due to be paid on the 7th of October but has now been cancelled […]

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Plans to allow investors early access to £500 from their pension to pay for fully regulated retirement advice

31 August 2016

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Consumers are set to be able to access £500 of their pension early to pay for full regulated financial advice under plans announced by the Treasury. This pension advice allowance would allow people to take £500 tax free from their defined contribution pension i.e. not from a defined benefit pension to redeem against the cost […]

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Nine out of ten late 40s and early 50 year olds say they face financial barriers to saving for retirement

30 August 2016

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More than nine out of ten people in their late 40s and early 50s say they face financial barriers to saving or saving more towards retirement. Peoples’ late 40s and early 50s are often said to be both the peak earning years[1] and the key time to catch up on retirement saving yet 93% say […]

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The outlook for dividends post referendum

24 August 2016

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Mark Wharrier, co-manager of the BlackRock UK Income fund, on the dividend outlook for UK companies and why market volatility caused by the UK’s vote to leave the EU brings some investment opportunities. “The Referendum result is now known, but uncertainty will influence the political and economic outlook for the near-term. The history of such […]

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Brexit? What Brexit?

24 August 2016

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Rowan Dartington Signature’s Guy Stephens on whether Brexit gloom is all talk with very little substance We are now two months from the Brexit vote and the doomsters are beginning to sound like an outdated stuck record.  Last week saw some key UK economic statistics which continue to reveal a robust economy.  UK retail sales […]

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UK dividends fall 3.3% year on year in the second quarter but global divis grow 2.3%

22 August 2016

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UK dividends are falling further behind the world’s other developed markets, according to the Henderson Global Dividend Index, as cuts from some of the UK’s largest listed companies and, for overseas investors, a falling pound take their toll. In underlying terms, UK dividends fell 3.3% year on year in the second quarter, the weakest performance […]

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Expert Opinion: The Bank restarts the printing presses but will it boost aggregate demand?

22 August 2016 by Chris Iggo

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Re-starting the printing press – Reading about the Bank of England (BoE) cutting the bank rate to 0.25% and re-starting quantitative easing (QE) while I was away got me re-thinking about the effectiveness of monetary policy and how exactly QE is supposed to deliver higher growth and inflation. It is well understood that the economic […]

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The Bank restarts the printing presses but will it really boost spending?

22 August 2016

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Re-starting the printing press – Reading about the Bank of England (BoE) cutting the bank rate to 0.25% and re-starting quantitative easing (QE) while I was away got me re-thinking about the effectiveness of monetary policy and how exactly QE is supposed to deliver higher growth and inflation. It is well understood that the economic […]

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What’s the best way to help your kids through university?

19 August 2016

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Darius McDermott, managing director, Chelsea Financial Services looks at strategies for helping your children with university expenses. As A-level students around the country received their final results this week and got ready to (hopefully!) head off to their chosen university, it’s slightly sobering to consider many of them will have debts of £44,0001 when they […]

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How low can interest rates go and should they go lower at all?

19 August 2016

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Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma looks at the Bank of England’s Brexit strategy A few weeks have now passed since the Bank of England’s latest attempt at “shock and awe” monetary policy, designed to give Britain the best chance of escaping the worst potential ravages of our landmark decision to leave the European […]

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