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The Pensions Triple Lock: broken promises!

At the last General Election the Conservative Government made a promise, a so-called “manifesto commitment.” That pledge is commonly known as the “pensions triple lock:” that the state pension will be increased each year by annual price inflation, average earnings growth or a guaranteed 2.5%, whichever is the greater.  For pensioners this has been good

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What is ESG?

There have been a thousand-and-one articles written since the pandemic on people’s changing attitude to work. Millennials and the generations that follow them – so we are told – want different things from work. Flexibility, the option of working from home and, above all, to work for a company that shares their values: that values

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October Market Commentary

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You will no doubt be aware that September was a month when shortages dominated the headlines. As we will see below, it was by no means a problem confined to the UK: sadly it does not look like a problem that will quickly disappear. We have, for example, written previously about the shortage of semiconductor

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What does their election mean for the German economy?

On Sunday September 26th Germany went to the polls in the first election of the post-Angela Merkel era. ‘Mutti,’ as she is widely known, has been German Chancellor – and, by definition, Europe’s premier politician – since 2005. But she stepped down as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in 2018 and made it known

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More than half of UK adults now seek financial advice

As we look back on the months passed since the UK first went into lockdown one thing is abundantly clear – financially, the last couple of years have been good for some people. We’re not talking about the billionaires who have seen their shares rocket during lockdown but rather the many, many people who have

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September Market Commentary

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The defining image of August 2021 had little to do with the stock market on the surface, it was, of course, the withdrawal of British and American troops from Afghanistan. As some readers will know, Afghanistan has significant mineral reserves, which some estimates put at $1tn (£730bn). These reserves include lithium, so it will be

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Avoiding the “Scamdemic?”

There has been a rapid rise in phone and online scams over the past sixteen months as criminals seek to take advantage of people’s insecurities regarding Covid. With many processes moving online and onto our mobile phones, comes new opportunities for people to take advantage. This phenomenon has been dubbed the “scamdemic.” Scams have come

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Is there any reason to worry about Inflation?

If you’re the sort of person who likes their glass half-empty then there will be plenty of opportunities to find something to worry about at the moment. The recovery from the pandemic, global tensions and all the staff shortages in the news can turn anyone into a pessimist.  On top of that, some are suggesting

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Is Facebook really worth a Trillion Dollars?

You may have seen the film The Social Network. In the film, Jesse Eisenberg, playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, is musing on wealth. “A million dollars?” he says, and shrugs. “But a billion dollars… that would be cool.”  The film was released in 2010. Eleven years on the scriptwriters may need to add three more

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Lessons for businesses from Gareth Southgate?

In 1996 England went out of the Euros on penalties. The man who missed the crucial penalty was Gareth Southgate, now the England manager.  Speaking about the miss recently he said, “I’ve had a couple of decades to think about it. I was a volunteer. The type of character I was, I felt you should

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