A new appointed representative firm of Beaufort Financial, the national partnership of independent financial advisers has been formed. WLS Financial Services is a joint venture with Wills and Legal Services Lt, a national paralegal firm based in Malvern. Founded in 2011, Wills and Legal specialises in will writing, setting up powers of attorney and trusts. Jason Lloyd, formerly of Stirling […]
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Following an October that witnessed significant downside volatility in financial markets, global equity markets have staged a modest recovery in local currency terms, with the MSCI ACWI up +1.9% to the end of last week (+0.13% in GBP terms). Beyond the short-term gyrations of the past weeks, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at Compiègne provides us with the opportunity […]
Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his Autumn Statement last Monday, which he claimed was a business-friendly budget with rates cuts for small retailers and a freeze on duty for beer, cider and spirits. He also increased the personal allowance to £12,500 and the higher tax rate threshold to £50,000; both to take effect from April next year. In a budget where […]
The world’s rate-setters are on manoeuvres. After a decade of unorthodox monetary policy involving rock-bottom policy rates, quantitative easing and, in the case of Japan, intervention in the stock market; central banks are looking to roll back these measures and begin shrinking their balance sheets. As a result of the measures employed to ward off another Great Depression, the role […]
Last week, China reported its slowest rate of growth since the Financial Crisis 10 years ago. The rate of growth was still a healthy 6.5% but this was lower than the expected 6.6%. It is, however, still on track for the Chinese government’s target of 6.5% for the year. By comparison, the UK’s 2018 GDP target is 1.4% and the […]
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