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Consolidation in the wealth sector creates opportunities, says Progeny Wealth

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:00

The UK financial landscape is currently providing a fertile ground for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the wealth management sphere, writes Alex Shaw, (pictured) director, Progeny Wealth. “A wide variety of features have come together to provide a unique situation that is proving to be highly tempting to investors, both domestic and foreign. This environment has come at an excellent time, falling in line with a global increase in M&A activity within the sector, placing the UK at the forefront of continued expansion.  »

Jonathan Hopper

Brexit to ‘plunge property market into a Darwinian future of victims, survivors and predators’

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 13:02

Jonathan Hopper, managing director of the buying agents Garrington Property Finders, has highlighted the irony of London voting resoundingly to remain in the EU, but then seeing its property market decapitated by a victory for the Leave camp. »

Macro Thoughts: Thanks a 1.27 million

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 11:44

Keith Grindlay of Macro Thoughts comments that as if 1.27 million more UK voters voting to leave Europe than to stay wasn’t shock enough, David Cameron has proven that UK unemployment would go higher with a vote to leave, by increasing unemployment by one, announcing his resignation as Prime Minister by October.  »

Saker Nusseibeh

Three ‘axes’ to Brexit debate

Thu, 02/06/2016 - 13:11

The debate around Brexit revolves around three distinct axes, each of which offers somewhat different outcomes for each side of the campaign, says Saker Nusseibeh (pictured), Chief Executive, Hermes Investment Management… »

Geoff Blanning

Commodities - the bear market is over

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 12:09

Geoff Blanning (pictured), Head of Commodities, comments on why he believes that a new bull market for commodities has begun… »

David Absolon

High yield rebounds with oil, but can it last?

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 10:54

David Absolon (pictured), Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management comments on the recent oil-powered rebound in US high yield bonds… »

We have seen the best of the recovery in asset prices

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 10:20

The next few months into 2017 will see the peak of the deflationary bust, says Peter Toogood, investment director at City Financial… »

Goldilocks levels for US home inventories

Mon, 25/04/2016 - 13:40

After bottoming out at 63.4 per cent in summer 2015, the US home ownership rate has been gradually increasing. January and February of this year saw the Case-Schiller home price index flatten, indicating that there was neither an excess nor shortage of homes for sale – the market has reached Goldilocks levels. »

John Goodchild

The art of becoming non-resident for UK tax purposes

Mon, 25/04/2016 - 10:41

John Goodchild, (pictured) Partner and Head of Private Wealth at Pemberton Greenish writes on becoming non-resident for UK tax purposes… »

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Risks to China outlook intensify, says AB

Tue, 19/04/2016 - 10:55

Global asset manager AllianceBernstein (AB) says it remains optimistic about China’s long-term prospects, but warns that short-term risks in the policy arena and property market have intensified and “now turn on a knife-edge”. »

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