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Dog-tired of poor investment performance?

If you’ve read any financial news in the last couple of weeks, you may be aware – and concerned – that one of the UK’s largest wealth management firms topped the list of underperforming fund managers in the latest Spot the Dog report by Bestinvest.

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Silicon Valley Bank – What happened?

You may have noticed in the news the failure of Silicon Valley Bank, in America. We wanted to share our thoughts explaining what happened recently and what we think the implications and fallout are going to be in the coming weeks.

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Pay any gaps in your NIC before the extension ends

Due to an HMRC extension, you currently have an opportunity to pay any gaps in your National Insurance Contribution (NIC) record as far back as 2006. This opportunity will END on 5 April 2023, and after that, you will only be able to go back six years. …

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How will the changes in inflation affect your investing?

With inflation all over the news of late, we figured we should offer our thoughts on the matter. However, there has been plenty of discussion elsewhere on the likely impact on personal finances in general so, rather than add to that debate, this article will focus on the implications in the context of long-term financial planning.

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Should I be changing my portfolio considering the news?

Is rising inflation and Russia’s invasion a negative for equity investors? Do large losses in a handful of popular stocks signal a downturn ahead for the broad market?

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Government debt crosses the £2,000,000,000,000 barrier

Yes, you did count correctly – there are twelve zeroes after the two. Another month of Government borrowing above £20bn has pushed total Government debt over the £2tn level for the first time.

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S&P 500 at a record high – so should we party like it’s 1999?

Tuesday’s peaks for the S&P 500 and NASDAQ prompted a number of comments from those who remember the technology boom of 1999. However, this time around the technology companies in focus are making money, not burning it.

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Market Volatility and Covid-19

Most likely you would have heard in the news that the world stock markets have retraced some of their growth. What they did not tell you is that in the preceding months, trillions of dollars were added, unfortunately the media tends to spread fear, but you don’t need to accept it.

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Inheritance tax planning ahead of the Budget

There is a real concern that the inheritance tax rules may be due for a change. A couple of recent reports give an outline of the areas that may receive attention.

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Friday the 13th… Should you be scared?

We are experiencing unprecedented uncertainty in the political system with the elections on 12 November, which for some will be a scary announcement on Friday 13th. Does all of this, and who sits in Number 10, affect your investment strategy?  If it does, do you need to rethink your plans ahead of the election?