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Inheritance Tax – 5 things you need to know about the new residence nil-rate band

The new residence nil-rate band comes into force tomorrow and yet, according to research from Old Mutual Wealth (published in Professional Adviser magazine) the great majority of people know nothing about it.  The research, which [...]

Parallels with 1987?

Last month we covered US over-valuation, and events since demand more comment. On many previous occasions we have highlighted something called CAPE (cyclically adjusted price earnings ratio) as an indicator of stock market value. In [...]

Market complacency

For years there was a leadership vacuum in the West, exemplified by the unwillingness of politicians to address the problems laid bare in 2008, and the passing of the policy baton to unelected central bankers. [...]

Trump – calmer reflection, and opportunities

“The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult” (Winston Churchill) A large number of voters want change, and that is the Trump mandate – change. That [...]

Trump slump or boom? UK investor implications

The “Brexit effect” has continued across the Atlantic.  In the US, the alienated have again triumphed over the uninspired and the self-interested. It is important that UK investors understand the implications: The Trump mandate is [...]

Is Jamaica or Iran to your taste?

It's not an easy time to make money in mainstream stock markets. Yet the returns from frontier emerging markets have been positive over the last 6 months, in contrast to the UK stock market. Are [...]

Travel notes: What I learned from Castro

In a break from tradition (i.e. an investment theme) here is a personal note from Brian Dennehy on his travels, as requested by one client – though we’re still not sure if that is because [...]

It’s all about confidence

SUMMARY. The first quarter of 2015 was fascinating. In stock market terms Japan was the star, closely followed by Europe. In contrast real world economic indicators out of the US are not great, but markets [...]