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February 16, 2016 Market Update
No Change Coming for Markets, Argues Fund Manager

  Global markets and economies are so interlinked and move so fast. Investors have problems keeping up with the data and making sensible financial decisions. One of the largest UK financial firms is warning that nothing is likely to change this year, with more volatile markets changing fortunes in a blink of the eye and…

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February 3, 2016 Market Update
Weekly Market Update

Notable events over the last week Central bank commentary dominated headlines last week with the Fed, PBOC, BOJ and ECB all making announcements. In the US, Wednesday saw the release of the FOMC policy statement following the two day January meeting. The message was relatively dovish and expressed renewed worry about financial market turbulence and…

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Five Tips On Diversification From A Fund Manager

The key to a balanced investment portfolio during financial market volatility is diversifying assets, according to a new report. Most investors are rightly concerned about the swathes of red on stock market tickers wiping the value off their investments. But there’s no need to worry if investors have worked hard on their asset allocation to…

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February 1, 2016 Financial Planning
There’s No Time like the Present to Invest

When’s the best time to invest is a question fund managers and financial advisers are often asked. The best answer, according to the Personal Finance Society is now. Regardless of the state of the market, there is probably never a better time to stake money on stock markets – because if you delay you may…

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January 26, 2016 Market Update
Weekly Market Update

Notable events over the last week In another week categorised by considerable market volatility, the European Central Bank chief, Mario Draghi provided some reassurance to financial markets by hinting at the possibility of further monetary stimulus at its March meeting. Draghi suggested that the downside risks have increased amid emerging market uncertainty while euro-area inflation…

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January 26, 2016 Market Update
Treasury reveals how new stamp duty rules will work

  Property people have a short and sharp four week window to make their views known to the government about a new stamp duty surcharge on homes for investment. Chancellor George Osborne announced the 3% stamp duty charge in his Autumn Statement 2015. The consultation fleshes out the sparse detail of his proposal to raise…

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