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Analysis , Viewpoint

Invest in other people’s success

SMEs are at the heart of UK economy and contributed 40% of GDP in 2010 but since the onset of the financial crisis banks have been lending less and less

Analysis , Funds , Tax Efficient Investing , Viewpoint

Offshore centres offer financial stability for international investors

As far as international finance centres (IFCs) are concerned, however, there is still a great deal of interest in using them for investment and wealth planning purposes. In Jersey, for


The cheapest isn’t always the best

New rules came into force at the beginning of the year which will impact upon you if you take investment or financial advice. Financial advisers can no longer be paid


Ignore the market and invest better

Ever wondered why you keep making the same investment mistakes? The predominant economic and financial theories are based on the assumption that individuals act rationally and are able to absorb

News , Property

With-profits funds likely to hoard bonuses

Patrick Connolly, certified financial planner at AWD Chase de Vere, believes despite 2012 equities, fixed interest and property investments seeing positive returns most with-profits funds are now paying little or


Commercial rents to fall

The latest RICS UK commercial market survey suggests 22% more respondents expect rents to continue to fall rather than rise over the coming months. This comes amid the recent turmoil


Fund managers wary on European recovery

S&P Capital IQ’s Fund Research interviewed European fixed income fund managers in the last quarter of 2012 and found a belief that Germany could experience an economic slowdown driven by


SocGen offers help to DIY investors

It includes “educational content” on the Societe Generale range of nearly 600 exchange traded products including exchange traded funds, exchange traded notes and listed structured products. A statement from the


Majority of investors go DIY

The claim comes from Platforum, an independent research firm, which also found that Hargreaves Lansdown is in top spot for providing investors with easy to use tools to manage their

News , Property

Final salary pension schemes closing doors

Just 13% of final salary pensions were open to new joiners in 2012, a drop of a third from 19% in 2011, and the steepest fall since comparable data began