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The rising cost of university education and how to pay for it.

Parents inevitably want to provide their children with the best education, right the way from nursery and primary school through to University. We all know that education can prove to be costly but how many parents out there can safely … Read More

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The economy of the Ukraine could not be much more unbalanced

Over the weekend the news both in print and on television was filled with images of unrest in the Ukraine as protesting spread. This continues a troubled period for this nation and it is time to peer under the bonnet of … Read More

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Life Insurance – it’s not all about cost

So you need some life cover? A reluctant purchase if ever there was one. No one likes to think about this kind of thing but most of us recognise that when we’ve got dependents or a large liability like a … Read More

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Broad monetarism still dominant but narrow money signals more reliable

Most monetary economists, and British monetarists in particular, focus on trends in broad money and credit when forming an assessment of monetary conditions. The approach here considers narrow money developments, additionally, to contain important information, particularly for forecasting purposes. The … Read More

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What are the tax planning options for higher earners?

It has become increasingly difficult for wealthier people and high earners to manage their financial affairs tax efficiently. Despite the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement passing relatively painlessly, taxes have risen significantly in recent years. Patrick Connolly head of communications at Chase de … Read More

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Investing for the Santa Claus Rally

Some of you may well have already heard of seasonal effects in the stock markets such as the Halloween effect – that the strongest performance of stocks tends to occur between the beginning of November and the end of April … Read More

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UK Autumn Statement: OBR douses Osborne’s optimism

Most of the measures in the Autumn Statement had been preannounced, are small in scale and will have limited macroeconomic impact. The main “news” is in the updated Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) projections. The OBR has failed to endorse … Read More

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The economy of France has decoupled from that of Germany

Today sees the latest meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB). After last month’s official rate cut of and to 0.25% I am expecting there to be much more talk than action. However it is true that those in charge … Read More

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With a reputation built on putting the customer first, comparison sites have a lot to lose if the financial watchdog finds wrongdoing

It is almost impossible to imagine UK financial services without the comparison sites. Along with their omni-present advertising, they are used by a huge number of consumers to select insurance such as car, travel, but also loans, credit cards and, … Read More

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US stock market rise stretched relative to history

Previous posts have compared the rise in the Dow Jones Industrials index from its March 2009 low with increases after six previous bear markets involving a peak-to-trough fall of about 50%. (The Dow declined by 54% between October 2007 and … Read More

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