Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

Who can tell what impact outlier events or new financial regulations could have on your finances in 2021? Yet there are things you can assess each year to ensure you take the right steps to stay on track, or as may be the case, to confirm that you don’t need to do anything at all.



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While the landscape was wildly different, the investment lessons from 2020 were not vastly dissimilar from 2019. Who knows what 2021 will bring, but there is a good chance some of these lessons will again be prominent and require attention.



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At the beginning of each year The Financial Times conducts a survey among UK based economists. One of the main stories in today’s FT is about this survey, “UK economy set to become one of the last to recover from pandemic” and, online, the paper also has a link to all the replies.



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What lies ahead for the UK economy in 2021? A year ago, it was remarkable how often the forecasts for 2020 contained puns about perfect 2020 vision. We avoided them, and just as well. In the event few, if any, saw what lay ahead.  It was a year when a downside tail-risk dominated as the pandemic hit. This triggered dramatic movements in financial markets and huge proactive policy stimulus measures, particularly across the so-called advanced economies.



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Articles of the year

We have published a wide range of articles this year in the Our Views section of our website – on topics as varied as the UK and global economy, financial planning, investing and how to address the specific challenges of the pandemic. The pieces below have been read and shared the most.



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The investment industry is still stacked in favour of the providers at the expense of consumers. To coincide with today’s deadline for the FCA Consumer Investments Market consultation – which aims to make the consumer investment market work better – we outline where we believe the FCA should focus their efforts to help consumers make effective investment decisions.



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Grass roots, green and geopolitics are the areas where I envisage change as a result of the pandemic. All will be positive for tackling climate change and should be good news for the UK and the City.



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There is a difference between investing for income and deploying an income strategy that can give you both consistent returns and lets you benefit from gains across a wider investment spectrum.



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How to Effectively Manage an Inheritance

Deciding what to do with an inheritance may present some challenges. Yet there are options to effectively manage the money for yourself, or if you want to pass it on to the next generation.



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“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” These words, attributed to former US Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, seem appropriate now as across the world public debt has reached an all-time high.



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