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The World In A Week – A Tiered Wall Of Worry

COVID-19 weighed on sentiment, with cases globally increasing throughout the week. In Europe, figures jumped by more than 625,000, which meant new restrictions were implemented in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. A worrying trend was also observed in Germany and Italy, who had previously managed to avoid a second wave of contaminations,…

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The World In A Week – Tackling The Inequality

Much of the talk in recent days has been about a proposed three-tier lockdown system which should provide greater clarity and outline the risk level of various regions. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will also present his proposals for a regional job protection scheme to curb the economic impact of the virus. We have seen small…

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Accessing A Child Trust Fund: What Are The Options?

Last month, the first children to benefit from Child Trust Funds were able to access them. So, what are they and if your child or grandchild has one, what are the options? Child Trust Funds were introduced in April 2005 by the then Labour government. The government automatically opened a Child Trust Fund in the…

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Pension Age Rises To 57: What Does It Mean?

From 2028, you won’t be able to access your Personal Pension until the age of 57. The government’s decision could affect your retirement plans and it’s important to review what it means for your future. The government previously stated it intended to increase the age people could access their Personal Pensions, currently set at 55….

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Good Money Week: ESG And Investment Sustainability

Do you consider sustainability when making financial decisions? With Good Money Week starting on the 24th October, which aims to encourage people to think about sustainability when it comes to banking, pensions, savings and investments, now is a good time to learn more. While sustainability in finance is often associated with incorporating ethics and values,…

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The World In A Week – Focus On Floating

Last week was ultimately centred around the US Presidential Election.  It started with an article on the lack of tax that President Donald Trump has paid and finished with the Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces testing positive for COVID-19. In the middle of this we had our first televised debate between Donald Trump and…

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The World In A Week – It’s Tough At The Top

The sustained rally in global equities we have seen since the lows in March appeared to lose further steam last week. MSCI ACWI lost -1.4% in local currency terms, although this translated into a loss of only -0.1% for GBP investors as the pound sterling continued to weaken against its major trading partners. The fall…

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