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12th October 2018
When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in March 2017, the pre-referendum campaign had made little mention of the implications for investors. The vote to leave resulted in a significant fall in the value of sterling and, in a no-deal Brexit scenario, sterling can be expected to fall again until the markets have adjusted to the new situation. For all its intransigence,…
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28th September 2018
Attorneys and deputies currently have limited authority when it comes to making gifts from a protected party’s estate. By law, they can only make decisions for a person who is no longer able to do so and unlikely to be able to do so in the future. In general, gifts can only be made to a charity or to a family member, friend or acquaintance…
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27th July 2018
It seems difficult to remember a time when investment markets have been so driven by politics and government leaders instead of economic data and company results, nor a time when social media, especially US President Trump’s Twitter account, was so closely watched by investment analysts. For many reasons, 2018 is proving to be a memorable year. In March, President Trump announced steep tariffs on steel…
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14th May 2018
Many world investment markets performed strongly in 2017 only to falter in the first part of this year on the back of concerns about US President Donald Trump’s proposal to impose trade tariffs on a number of countries including China and the members of the European Union. As I write, some market stability has returned and the oil price has surged on President Trump’s further…
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27th April 2018
Despite the introduction of a new Inheritance Tax (IHT) allowance in 2017, as a result of increasing house prices and rising stock markets HM Treasury recovered more than £5 billion in death duties last year. Under the current rules married couples and civil partners can inherit each other’s allowances – in total, £1 million of the couple’s estate can be passed on tax free. But…
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22nd February 2018
In recent weeks, many investment markets around the world have experienced volatility, notably the United States and the United Kingdom. The main reason behind such widespread volatility is the belief, seemingly now held by many investors, that interest rates will begin to rise rather more quickly than they had previously anticipated and that the era of ultra-low interest rates may be coming to an end.…
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08th December 2017
As I write this article, United Kingdom government ministers are attempting to agree in principle a Brexit 'divorce' settlement with the European Union and, according to recent reports, it seems an agreement may have been reached that could pave the way for Britain to pay an exit bill of between €45 billion and €55 billion. This year has been an historically unusual year for the…
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22nd September 2017
  If you are looking for informed and reliable investment advice, either on your own behalf or for a loved one, you will probably turn to a professional financial advisor for help. But how can you be sure the professional you choose deserves your trust – what should you look for in a good investment advisor? Certainly, before you instruct any advisor you should check…
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07th July 2017
With the UK’s base interest rate currently standing at its lowest level since the Bank of England was founded in 1694 and little prospect of a significant rise in the near future, it seems likely that low interest rates are here to stay, at least until the end of 2017, significantly outstripped by annual inflation of around 3.5 per cent. So if you are investing…
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27th June 2017
George Ide’s private client team was involved in a recent Court of Protection case that clarifies the law concerning how best to protect the interests of an adult whose lack of mental capacity prevents them from managing their own affairs. In this particular case, our client received a personal injury settlement after an accident in which he sustained a serious head injury that left him…
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