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Offshore bonds

What options are available if you consistently max out your pension allowance (£60,000), contribute £20,000 to your ISA each year, and take full advantage of your annual capital gains tax allowance? And what if your income exceeds £260,000 and your annual pension allowance is significantly reduced? Let's talk offshore bonds.
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Nick Rolf
June 7, 2024
5 min read
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Bank of Mum and Dad

We all want the best for our children but don't necessarily want to throw money at them. Wealth Manager Richard Watson looks at the options available to parents for helping their children financially now, in the medium-term future and further into their professional lives.
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Richard Watson
May 29, 2024
5 min read
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Inflation has resumed its downward path

Last week saw the release of the much-anticipated US Consumer Price Index report for April. Broadly speaking, the news is positive: inflation has resumed its downward path following a string of hotter-than-expected reports.
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Peter Lowman
May 21, 2024
8 min read
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Geopolitical uncertainty and buying opportunities

The UK stock market hit a record high this week, as shares were lifted by an easing of geopolitical tensions. The FTSE 100 index of blue-chip stocks listed in London hit 8076 points, surpassing a previous high of 8,047 in February 2023. And yet… the picture is decidedly nuanced.
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Peter Lowman
April 23, 2024
6 min read
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Bullet-proof your retirement investment strategy

The “100-year life” is no longer a fantasy. Although living longer is a cause for celebration, it does raise the question of how long you need to work before you can afford to retire. If demographic models have changed so much over the past century, we need to revise our understanding of retirement and how we fund it.
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Tom Fleming
April 11, 2024
8 min read
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How will the rise in crude oil prices impact the markets?

Potential interest rate cuts are on the horizon in the UK, following a steady rate of 5.25%. On the other side of the world, Japan's central bank has increased borrowing costs, marking the end of negative interest rates globally. These pivotal changes pose pressing questions for what’s next for the current bull market.
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Peter Lowman
March 26, 2024
7 min read