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Spring Budget 2017

Keeping you informed. The Chancellor’s Budget on 8 March was the first of two due in 2017. The final spring Budget came little more than three months after an Autumn Statement that suggested government finances had taken a post-referendum turn for the worse. However, the latest short-term economic numbers turned out much better than the […]

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Sailing with the Tides

Embarking on a financial plan is like sailing around the world. The voyage won’t always go to plan and there’ll be rough seas, but those who are prepared, flexible, patient and well-advised greatly increase the odds of reaching their destinations. A mistake many inexperienced sailors make is not having a plan at all. They embark […]

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Unhealthy Attachments

Have you ever made yourself suffer through a bad movie because, having paid for the cinema ticket, you felt you had to get your money’s worth? Some people treat investment the same way. Behavioural economists have a name for this tendency of people and organisations to stick with a losing strategy purely on the basis […]

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The Patience Principle

A typical response to unsettling markets is an emotional one. We quit risky assets when prices are down and wait for more “certainty”. These timing strategies can take a few forms. One is to use forecasting to get out when the market is judged as “over-bought” and then to buy back in when the signals […]

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