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Beaufort Analysis No.243 – Is inflation knocking the wind out of growth?

Despite expectations of a rise, the UK’s Consumer Price Index (CPI), the key measure of inflation, remained at 2.6% in July; falling fuel prices were offset by small increases in food, clothing and household goods. In its latest report, the Bank of England stated that it expected inflation to climb to 3% by the end of 2017 as the weak […]

Beaufort Analysis No.242 – “They will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen”

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the Great Financial Crisis (GFC). 10 years on, banks are better capitalised, and, arguably, better regulated. Whilst the global financial system feels like it’s on better footing, there is still an unprecedented level of global debt. Over the last decade, the imbalance of debt in the system has changed; moving from private debt […]

Beaufort Analysis No.241 – An Apple a day keeps the bears at bay

Last week saw Apple shares jump more than 6% to a new record high of $160, triggered by the release of their latest quarterly results. The rally was spurred by the recovery in iPhone sales; in the same period last year, sales declined but third quarter 2017 forecasts were better than expected, predicated on the launch of the new iPhone. […]

How Windy Is It…? After a mid-week recovery in share prices, UK stocks ended the week replicating Monday’s falls

Last Monday, UK shares continued their slide from the previous week, with the FTSE 100 falling 1%. The largest faller, Reckitt Benckiser, lost 3.27% in value, citing tough market conditions. The Index rebounded on Tuesday, boosted mainly by the mining sector from rising copper prices, but also on the back of the latest survey from the Confederation of British Industry […]

Why I’m getting more worried about Final Salary transfers

It was way back in February that I wrote my first blog. The subject was pension transfers (specifically Final Salary and Defined benefits schemes, to avoid any confusion) and I explained why the whole subject worried me.

Six months on, I’m increasingly concerned.

In that article, I identified four headwinds facing advisers:

1. Insistent clients
2. The press
3. Managing client expectations
4. Regulatory scrutiny

Currently, advisers […]

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