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Winners and losers from the seismic US election result After a long and brutal US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emerged victorious, winning 279 electoral votes and 47.5% of the popular vote. Republicans also maintained majorities in the House and the Senate. His inauguration is scheduled for Friday 20 January. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United…

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Delegating Power

When you are unable to make your own decisions More than two million Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registrations will have been filed by the end of 2016, with the number of appointments more than trebling between 2010 and 2015. The figures from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) were disclosed through a Freedom of Information request by Old Mutual…

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10 reasons to boost your pension between now and April 2017

Pensions remain the most tax efficient way to save for retirement. And the new freedoms have removed any lingering barriers to accessing funds and passing on unused funds on death. Please find 10 reasons why boosting your pension between now and the end of this tax year could make sense for you: Tax relief at highest rates Avoid the annual allowance…

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Economics meets Politics – a view from Fidelity International

Poor productivity growth lies at the heart of the current political crisis in the West. Until recently, voters were willing to back a market-driven system because it seemed to work for them. Fuelled by productivity gains, incomes rose, living standards improved and credit was easily available. Yet US living standards started to stagnate in the run-up to the financial crisis, becoming…

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New Model Adviser Awards 2017 – close but no cigar!

   Mark , Matthew and Russell spent an enjoyable time at the two day conference in London last week.  Although we came away without any awards other than being shortlisted in the top 100 UK firms for 2016, for the third year running, we had a lot of fun .  We attended numerous presentations from leading fund managers, a motivational speaker…

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Matthew Douglas Ltd – January Newsletter

Please find some financial articles that may be of interest to you, including ‘The Donald’ Trump and what type of US and Global economic impact he may have once he takes power tomorrow, lifetime ISAs here in the UK and various other subjects. As always, if you would like to have any further information on these areas, please do let us know, although it is…

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Balancing Act

You’ve worked hard for your money – now investing can get your money working harder for you Before investing, you need to decide how much risk you are willing to take and consider your ability to deal with any losses. Some investors are happy to take higher risk if there is a chance for higher returns over the longer term, while…

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‘Empty nesters’ plan to downsize

Convenience rather than cash is the biggest motivation There are plenty of reasons why moving into a smaller home makes sense, and more than 3.9 million over-55 ‘empty-nesters’ approaching retirement are planning to downsize to a cheaper property later in life[1] – but it is convenience rather than the cash that is their biggest motivation. The nationwide study found nearly half (47%)…

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Bank of Mum & Dad

The UK’s most lenient lender? The Bank of Mum and Dad is potentially the UK’s most lenient lender. its relaxed approach means it ends up writing off huge numbers of loans each year, according to new research[1]. Remarkably, every one of the more than 1,000 parents interviewed said they had already loaned money to their children or grandchildren to cover major…

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