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Economic Data boosts UK markets

UK equity indices generally rose during August as, despite continuing unease over escalating levels of violence in the Middle East and ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, investors drew encouragement from some positive economic data. Both the FTSE 100 and FT...

Central Reservation

The key takeaway from the European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement on 4 September was that nothing has changed. Jawboning is still the main policy tool and further cuts to interest rates and purchases of asset-backed securities (ABS) are further fleas on the back of...

Funding a decent income

Whenever you start thinking about retirement planning, it is worth starting off by working out how much income you think you are likely to need. Generally, few people need as much income in retirement as they did when they were working; the mortgage might be paid off,...

I’m in

You’ve probably seen the adverts for auto-enrolment; the ones where celebrity business people and their employees announce “I’m in”. The auto-enrolment program started with the biggest companies and by the end of the year will cover all companies who had more than 59...