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Life events that professional financial advice can help you navigate In the current climate, we understand that you may be feeling worried about your work, your finances and what the future holds.

Fool’s Gold

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Last week was a quiet one for most markets. Global equities were little changed and are around 1-2% below their recent highs. The modest correction seen over the last couple of weeks is far from unexpected given the size of the gains leading up to it. The period of consolidation could well last a while longer, not least because May … Read More

Generation COVID-19

Financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to more people supporting younger family members financially. New research shows that 5.5 million older family members expect to provide additional financial support to younger members as a direct result of the pandemic[1].

Inflation Damnation

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Global equities fell back last week. They were down around 3% by Wednesday but subsequently recovered some of their losses, to end the week down 1.5% and 2.3% in local currency and sterling terms respectively. A pause or correction had been looking overdue, so the weakness was not that unexpected. And the decline as yet is barely noteworthy. It won’t … Read More

Investment Outlook Q2 2021

SUMMARY This year’s fiscal stimulus in the US has been considerably larger than expected A strong rebound in the global economy is now underway, led by the US Inflation will pick up sharply over coming months but much of the rise should be only temporary Interest rates look unlikely to rise for at least another couple of years in the … Read More

How much is the State Pension?

Understanding what you’ll receive and when While many people have some savings for retirement, most of us will also depend on the State Pension to help cover our living costs. The full new State Pension payment is currently £175.20 a week (2020/21 tax year), but not everyone will receive the full amount and the age at which you’ll receive it … Read More

A Global Beat

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Global equities gained 1% last week in local currency terms, reversing their small losses of the previous couple of weeks, and are back hovering around their late April highs. The news over the last few weeks has been very supportive for equity markets. The corporate earnings season for the first quarter is now drawing to a close and earnings everywhere … Read More

Critical factor

Protection for you and your loved ones What would life be like if you were diagnosed with a serious illness? Things could change very suddenly. You’d get your family together and tell them what was going on. Before long, you’d start spending time in hospital for treatment. You may also need to take some time off.