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“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Attributed to Chinese philosopher Confucius, this timeless phrase has never been more apt than when applied to the topic of Pension Freedoms.

A new report, from Old Mutual Wealth has …

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The Bank of England (BoE) interest rate rise made a splash in the headlines last year. However, the subsequent announcement that inflation continues to increase, and has since hit a six-year high, is one of the biggest causes for concern …

Looking at the world today, it’s a challenge to see anything but risk – hardly surprising given recent atrocities and the uncertain UK political landscape of the last 12 months.

Events such as these inevitably affect the way we feel …

January is the time many of us commit to plans and goals for the coming year (I’m not making any resolutions, there’s nothing wrong in carrying a little extra ‘holiday weight’!), but it’s also a good time for reflection…and what …

They say this is the time of year for giving, though for many parents giving to their children isn’t just confined to Christmas…it’s a lifelong hobby!

Naturally, parents and grandparents want to give their heirs the best possible start and …

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced earlier this week that inflation is back on the rise with an increase from 0.60% in August to 1% in September.

Inflation has been low in recent years but a weakening currency, amongst …

Several of my clients have recently expressed dismay to me about the closure of their local HSBC branches in and around London.

Bank closures are of course nothing new, but I admit to feeling a tinge of sadness upon hearing …

On June 24th, the country voted to leave the EU. In the weeks following, we’ve seen petitions for a new referendum, David Cameron step down, Boris make a sharp exit, Gove try to sneak in the back door, May take …

The spectre of the EU referendum has cast some uncertainty over markets in recent weeks, and it’s still too early to tell which way this will go. Regardless of the outcome, one economic certainty is that the UK tax system …