STATE PENSIONS: NOT QUITE WHAT WAS ADVERTISED

Most people reaching state pension age today are receiving less than the new state pension.   A Freedom of Information (FoI) request from the Sunday Times revealed an interesting fact about the new state pension, which started life just over a year ago on 6 April 2016. The newspaper asked how many people who had reached [...]

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CHINA: FOURTH TIME LUCKY?

One of the major index providers is reviewing the constituents of its important global market indices. Which country can boast the world’s second largest stock market and third largest fixed interest market? You might be tempted to say Japan, but while you would be in the right part of the world, you would have chosen [...]

By |2017-06-13T13:53:29+01:00June 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A ROUND-UP OF BUDGET NON STARTERS

The Spring Budget has become a victim of the snap election. Philip Hammond has not had much luck with what he said would be his first and last Spring Budget. His proposal to increase Class 4 national insurance contributions from April 2018 survived only a week before being dropped. Then when the Finance Bill was [...]

By |2017-06-13T13:53:44+01:00June 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

THE NASDAQ HITS 6,000

The market most associated with US technology shares reached a new high in April. You may be old enough to remember that the end of the 20th century was marked by a surge in the value of technology shares in the United States. Many of these were traded on the NASDAQ market, which became synonymous [...]

By |2017-06-13T16:08:28+01:00June 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments
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