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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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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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20th April 2017
In these uncertain times, many investors are concerned about the potential effect on international investment markets of a deterioration in the West’s relationship with North Korea. Such a scenario seems more likely under US President Donald Trump than under his predecessor – especially in the light of recent US bombing in Syria and in Afghanistan – and, given the current rhetoric from North Korea, investors…
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03rd February 2017
So it really did happen: Donald Trump is the new President of the United States, and never has there been a more polarising new US President. But whether you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump, the fact remains that many US voters, disillusioned with what they saw as the failings of many career politicians, voted for him — a man who, to say the least,  is direct…
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23rd November 2016
The success of Donald Trump in the United States presidential election has caused considerable disquiet in many quarters. On the one hand Mr Trump has indicated a wish to see lower taxes and increased public spending, certainly on US infrastructure, both of which are positive factors for the investment markets. However, his personal comments that peppered the many speeches he made during his campaign have…
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08th September 2016
The United Kingdom unexpectedly voted for Brexit on 23 June and since then, reassured by soothing words from the Bank of England and the Chancellor, not to mention a recent reduction in base interest rate to an historic low of 0.25%, the main United Kingdom investment market has held its nerve. However, for those who are nervous about the ups and downs of markets, cash…
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