Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

The dollar’s demise has been predicted often. It is being forecast again now with questions once again raised over its reserve currency status. Yet one lesson of the last major economic crisis to hit the world economy – the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 – was that in times of trouble there was still a strong appetite to hold the dollar.

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With such a challenging year for investors it is worth asking whether you should do things differently to stay on track for the rest of the year and beyond. Asking the right questions – and not ignoring difficult implications – can help you determine if need to change your investment behaviour.

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Generating a reliable income is crucial for many investors. However, the crisis has made it even more difficult to focus on an effective strategy, and avoid the many dangers – such as striving for yield at all costs – which could affect your long-term income.

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Many of us want to pass our wealth on to the next generation. But what do we need to consider to do this effectively – to maximise the benefits for our families while managing the balance between tax efficiency and control?

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Q&A on the Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic the health crisis has occupied centre-stage in Government policy. Now, following the Prime Minister’s speech last week in Dudley and the Chancellor’s Summer Statement today in the House of Commons, addressing the economic crisis and ensuring recovery has moved alongside the health crisis to the fore of Government policy.

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Policy Measures to Help Growth

The UK economy is recovering. The unlocking will contribute to a significant rebound in coming months. After a swift but severe recession in the first half of the year the economy will likely grow at a solid pace over the second half of the year and at a steady pace in 2021.

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We all make mistakes with our money, and some of these errors can have lifelong consequences. Yet with a little forethought they can be preventable, and with a little initiative they can be fixed.

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"The Great Lockdown" is how the Internatonal Monetary Fund (IMF) has described it, and it is hard to disagree. On Wednesday the IMF provided their latest update on the world economy.

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Why do so many market commentators talk about betting when referring to investing? The investment industry is often infused with the symbolism of a casino – a representation that becomes all too real when investors get wiped out.

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Security is Key – How to Stay Safer Online

Security of your accounts and online transactions should be of paramount importance. Yet it is easy to develop bad password habits. Here we highlight some common mistakes and help you to manage your internet accounts safely.

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