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February Market Commentary

Introduction The story of the US/China trade dispute was a thread running through much of last year. Some progress was made in resolving the dispute at December’s G20 summit and that appeared to continue in January with China saying it is ‘ready to work’ with the US. Donald Trump confirmed this, describing a telephone conversation […]

Think big this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a staple in the romantic calendar and this year is no different. It’s a great excuse to show your loved ones what they mean to you and we all have different ways of doing that. For a lot of us, a single rose or a box of chocs will do the job […]

Saving for retirement: what’s the magic number

It’s easy to push saving for your retirement to the back of your mind. Future events have a habit of feeling very distant, until they arrive. It can be a difficult thing to keep track of too; with nobody helping you along the way or checking up on your savings, putting a retirement plan in […]

Huawei or the Highway

Huawei has held a spot in the headlines recently for a number of reasons, but you may be asking, what is Huawei (pronounced “Wah-Way”) and why is it of interest? The Chinese telecommunications company was founded in 1987 and began by developing equipment for mobile phone networks. Since then it has evolved and grown into […]

December Market Commentary

Introduction It is always difficult writing a report like this, as you are always trying to ‘hit a moving target.’ While you can record the stock market levels at the close of business on, say,  30th November, there is always the risk that the commentary is overtaken by events. That has never been more true than […]

4 ways to save at Christmas without being a Scrooge

With your Christmas preparations, starting soon is the key to saving money. If you leave your shopping to the last minute, not only do you have to face the 23rd December high street chaos, you’ll miss out on the excellent deals that many retailers offer early in the festive shopping season. It’s incredibly easy to […]

4 ways to live a happy retirement

Retirement should be the time of your life. No more early alarm calls, no more commuting and no more carefully counting your holiday allocation. Instead, you have the freedom to do exactly as you please. Yet retirement might not always work out as the idyllic move to a cottage by the sea it’s billed to […]

Getting a grip on your savings

November Market Commentary

Introduction October was, to put it mildly, an eventful month. It was a month which saw the majority of markets on which we report down steeply, as fears of higher interest rates in the US combined with worries about the US/China trade war. There was, however, one market that went up sharply: Brazil elected a […]

5 key budget takeaways

This year Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his autumn budget a few weeks earlier than usual. Normally the budget is released in mid-November, but this year he gave the budget on 29 October. In the run up to Brexit, Hammond didn’t release any huge announcements. Perhaps he wants to leave plenty of room to accommodate for […]

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