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Spring Budget Summary 2021

Key Headline Announcements On Wednesday, 3 March 2021, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his second Budget as the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine across the UK gives hope of a return to some degree of normality during 2021. He announced new measures to help businesses and jobs through the pandemic and to support the UK’s long-term…

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market commentary

The World In A Week – LatAm Shenanigans

February was generally a positive month for equity markets, but last week turned out to be quite a bumpy ride, particularly in the US, and notably within the technology sector. Albeit from low levels, we have seen a pick-up in government bond yields, with the expectation that central bank policy decisions will ultimately lead to…

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market commentary

The World In A Week – Dr Copper Makes A House Call

Last week saw the continuation of a reversal of fortunes for major asset classes. Having been totally unloved since 2016; UK Equities were the only equity asset class in positive territory for the week. In addition to this, tech stocks as measured by the NASDAQ index sold off heavily, while global value equities outperformed global…

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market commentary

The World In A Week – Half-Term Home Economics

Last week saw many of the developed nations release their GDP data relating to the final quarter of 2020.  The UK economy grew 1.0% in this period, beating market expectations, and meant that the UK avoided a double-dip recession.  However, the annual GDP growth figures looked less compelling with the UK economy shrinking by 9.9%…

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stamp duty

Too late to beat the stamp duty deadline?

If you’re buying a home, time is ticking if you want to take advantage of the Government’s stamp duty holiday and save yourself up to £15,000. The tax break means that anyone buying a home worth up to £500,000 doesn’t have to pay property taxes. However, after 31 March, the threshold reverts back to £125,000, meaning…

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