Our Views on the Markets and the Economy

One hallmark of the UK economy has been its ability to cope with shocks. This is seen in its flexible jobs market.



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If you are rewarded with generous investment returns from your wealth manager it is only natural to feel a sense of kinship towards them. Perhaps, then, you don’t look too closely at some of the finer details around their offer – yet if you don’t assess whether you are getting real value for money, you could be missing out on much more.



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Even when the participants are relatively civil US election campaigns can be beset by tension and animosity. These attributes are unsurprisingly amplified for the 2020 run in, but will the outcome mean an elevated level of pain or gain for your investments?



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The coronavirus has adversely affected many investment portfolios through the course of this year. Further disruption is possible. A focus on more cost-effective investing, therefore, takes on an even greater importance: over the medium term, lower overall costs ultimately help mitigate losses and enhance gains.



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The pace of change in our lives is accelerating and wealth managers must keep up. To ensure we continue to be relevant to investors we regularly assess what matters to them. Our latest research shows that the pandemic has led investors to re-evaluate what they expect and what they need from those who manage their money.



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Getting the right advice at the right time is beneficial in all walks of life. Gaining appropriate direction for your finances gives you the opportunity to avoid making costly mistakes, and the impartial reassurance you are on the right track. But when should you seek advice?



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Yesterday’s measures from the Chancellor were necessary. His timely assistance focused on a new targeted and temporary job support scheme to replace the expiring furlough, easing loan repayment terms for firms and a wider, more flexible VAT regime.



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Skin in the Game

Actions speak louder than words. We often observe the logical and emotional arguments companies and organisations make – but how they act is much more revealing.



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As Pension Plans Change, Are You Prepared to Adapt?

The government recently confirmed changes to the age at which individuals can access their personal pension pots. From 2028, the age at which people can access their pensions will rise from 55 to 57. So if you need to, how can you adapt to the changes?



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Investment Lessons from the Tour de France

Each year millions of viewers enjoy the spectacle of the Tour De France. And while we marvel at the punishing ascents and hair-raising descents, the spills, breakaways and relentless advance of the peloton, we may also notice some parallels with investing.



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