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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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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
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Spring Budget 2024: the debrief

IQ’s quick guide to the 2024 Budget delivered by Jeremy Hunt. Hunt announced a reduction in national insurance contributions which will be offset by the abolition of the “non-dom” tax regime and other tax increases on vapes, tobacco and business-class flights.
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Faye Brindley
March 6, 2024
6 min read
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Recession, Inflation and Political Strategies

Almost nobody is surprised to learn that the UK is now officially in recession. So all eyes are now on the Bank of England, wondering when it is going to cut interest rates and ease pressure on households amid the cost-of-living crisis.
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Peter Lowman
February 20, 2024
6 min read
Strategic Insights

Tax Year End: Ways to shield your money

February and March are particularly important months in the tax calendar. Here is a list of all the things you can do to be as tax-efficient as possible before the tax year closes.
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Nick Rolf
February 19, 2024
4 min read
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Wall Street and Red Sea disruption

Wall Street has recovered well after a setback earlier this month. Too well? Are things overheating? Major shipping companies have stopped using the Red Sea through which almost 15% of global seaborne trade usually passes. How will this disruption impact inflation?
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Peter Lowman
January 23, 2024
4 min read