Investment market update: October 2023

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As inflation remains stubborn, and interest rates may have to remain higher for longer, recessionary concerns have grown around the world. Read on to discover some of the factors that may have affected your investment portfolio in October 2023.  When reviewing short-term market movements, remember to focus on your long-term investment goals. UK After a…

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How to make your Christmas more sustainable

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Did you know the amount of waste generated in the UK increases by around 30% over the festive period? While it’s the season for joy and giving, being more mindful about how you celebrate Christmas this year could help you enjoy a more sustainable celebration.  If you want to reduce the environmental impact your family…

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Social impact investment market grew to a record £9.4 billion in 2022

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Concerns about social issues and an increase in opportunities have led to more people choosing social impact investments. They could present a way to tackle issues that you care about while still delivering returns. Read on to find out more.  Social impact investing aims to use capital to support businesses that are providing solutions to…

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Quarterly Financial Bulletin – Autumn – 2023

Several months have passed since the Spring Budget, which, although not necessarily packed with good news stories, held one announcement that certainly did bring considerable cheer to higher rate taxpayers. A recent survey has revealed the dramatic impact that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s decision to scrap the pension Lifetime Allowance (LTA) is having on people’s retirement…

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Economic Review – October 2023

Last month, the Bank of England announced a pause in its long run of interest rate rises following an unexpected dip in the UK headline rate of inflation and ‘increasing signs’ that higher rates were starting to hurt the real economy. In our economic review this month we begin by looking at the Monetary Policy…

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Investment market update: September 2023

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Economies around the world continue to struggle with high inflation and weakening demand affecting GDP. Read on to discover some of the factors that may have affected your investment portfolio in September 2023. When reviewing short-term market movements, remember to focus on your long-term investment goals. UK Official data shows the UK economy contracted by…

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The healthy living lessons you could learn from blue zones

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Embracing lessons from so-called “blue zones” could boost your health and longevity, according to an expert. Read on to find out more about these areas and how you could make changes to your life. In 2004, two professors identified Sardinia’s Nuoro Province in Italy as having a high concentration of male centenarians. They referred to…

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