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Buy-to-let landlords increasingly incorporating to cope with tax rises

2 December 2016

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Landlord confidence has bounced back following recent tax increases as investors adapted and looked to secure mortgages through limited companies or increase rents in reaction to higher tax costs, according to the fifth edition of Kent Reliance’s Buy to Let Britain report. Landlords’ confidence is at its highest in a year, with 54% of investors […]

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The robots deciding where your money goes

2 December 2016

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Challenger banks are not the only thing to come out of the fintech revolution. There is also a new wave of investment platforms – AKA ‘robo-advisers’ – designed to make managing our money significantly easier, even, mayhaps, a joy. What do the words ‘fintech’ and ‘robo-advice’ actually mean? Fintech is a mash-up of ‘financial’ and ‘technology’: […]

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1 December 2016

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Stock markets are more likely to rise in December than any other month, according to analysis of nearly three decades of data. The analysis conducted by fund manager Schroders, which covers the world’s largest markets, adds to the debate over the existence of the “Santa Rally”, an alleged effect often dismissed by seasoned investors. The […]

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Trump makes a buying opportunity in emerging markets

1 December 2016

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Jan Dehn, head of research at Ashmore, explores why the end of 2016 looks very much like the end of last year, and suggests that it offers a similarly enticing entry point to EM for investors. He explores how the moves in the US markets have been overdone and that the rise in US stock […]

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Shoppers to spend extra £96.22 per week on food over Christmas period

1 December 2016

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The majority (64%) of UK adults are budgeting to spend an extra £96.22 per week on food during the Christmas and New Year period, research from short-term loan provider Sunny shows. UK shoppers believe they will need to increase their spend by 115% to cover the whole Christmas and New Year period. They usually spend […]

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Nearly half of women see it as their sole responsibility to make sure their family has enough income in a crisis

28 November 2016

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For nearly three in ten (28%) women in the UK, the inability to support themselves or their families financially is their greatest financial fear. A new report from Aegon ‘Protection matters: does women’s financial planning match their priorities?’, which draws on the opinions of more than 2,000 women[1], found that nearly half (46%) believe it’s […]

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Trump’s infrastructure plans may benefit some emerging market economies

28 November 2016

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Local Currency Emerging Market Debt sold off by 7.8% after the election of Donald Trump to U.S. president. However, Van Luu, Head of Currency and Fixed Income Strategy at Russell Investments thinks that the rise in U.S. Treasury yields, which is detrimental to such debt, will slow down significantly. “The president-elect’s economic policies are not […]

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What impact does Black Friday have on stocks?

25 November 2016

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Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi Asset at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), comments on Black Friday and the impact on stock markets: The summer doldrums are over and US equity markets are making new highs in a move that we have been backing in the multi asset funds we manage. This is Black Friday, the […]

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Households to lose £1,250 a year by 2020s says IFS analysis

25 November 2016

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Every household will lose a £1,250 a year by the 2020s because of the Brexit vote says the Institute of Fiscal Studies basing its claim on the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts accompanying the Autumn Statement. The IFS says this does not include the impact of any Brexit deal merely the direction determined by the […]

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Gigantic stealth tax? – Government take from National Insurance set to rise by £40bn in next five years

24 November 2016

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Tina Riches, national tax partner at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group looks at what is really happening with National Insurance. Despite no increases in NIC rates being announced in today’s Autumn Statement, there are changes on the horizon that will see an increase in overall levels of NIC paid by […]

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