Month: December 2013

December Market Commentary

The Guardian’s bid for Financial Headline of the Year brought down the curtain on ‘Black Friday’ and heralded ‘Cyber Monday.’ Black Friday is the Friday before the Thanksgiving weekend in the US: it is supposed to be the day on which stores move into profit for the year as eager shoppers – seduced by special […]

Money talks but do we talk about it?

The Family Financial Tree, a report recently produced by Standard Life, reveals how families collectively manage and talk about personal finances. Looking at the family money tree over four generations, the report has some surprising findings. Based on survey data of over 4,000 adults in Great Britain, the report paints a picture of money, inheritance […]

Autumn Statement 2013 Overview

Introduction David Cameron – freshly back from his trade mission to China – looked on encouragingly as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. But how his mind must have drifted back to the delights of Shanghai… No inconvenient elections; no opinion polls; no awkward questions from Jeremy Paxman. With one pundit describing the Autumn […]

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Our Financial Predictions for 2014

When we compiled our predictions for 2013 we started off by saying ‘when you look ahead to 2013 your glass could be half-full or half-empty.’ At the time the US was teetering on the edge of the Fiscal Cliff; in the UK the lights had just gone out on the last Comet store, the national […]