Following the Chancellor’s budget, these are our initial thoughts. The self-employed were affected due to increases to be introduced to their levels of class 4 national insurance contributions. However, the biggest issue affecting savers and investors (and business owners) was the reduction in the dividend tax allowance from £5,000 to £2,000. With pensions and savings otherwise…

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Market roundup – FTSE 100 hits record high twice in a week Economic roundup– Services and manufacturing sectors both ahead of expectations Company focus– Next Economic highlightsover the coming week – Balance of Trade, ECB interest-rate decision, US consumer sentiment Full article – Week in Perspective – 6th January 2017.pdf  (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment…

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Market roundup – FTSE 100 struggles to hold 7,000 level Economic roundup– Inflation rises to 1.2% but pay growth ahead at 2.6% Company focus– Centrica Economic highlightsover the coming week – Consumer confidence; US home sales; UK GDP Full article – Week in Perspective – 16th December 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the…

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Market roundup– Shares advance despite Italian referendum result Economic outlook– Worst monthly drop in industrial output since 2012 Company focus– Drax Economic highlightsover the coming week – Inflation; US interest rates; UK interest rates Full article – Week in Perspective – 9th December 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the value or…

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Market roundup – US shares hit record highs Economic outlook– Government borrowing to soar as outlook for wage growth “dreadful” Company focus– Countrywide Economic highlightsover the coming week – Consumer confidence; Manufacturing and construction PMI surveys Full article – Week in Perspective – 25th November 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial…

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Market roundup – Shares suffer amid US election uncertainty Economic outlook– Inflation to hit 2.7% next year, says Bank of England Company focus– BP Economic highlightsover the coming week – UK industrial production; Balance of trade; Construction output Full article – Week in Perspective – 4th November 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of…

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Market roundup– Shares down over the week Economic outlook– UK economic growth remains solid Company focus– GlaxoSmithKline Economic highlightsover the coming week – Manufacturing and construction PMI surveys; Bank of England base rate decision Full article – Week in Perspective – 28th September 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the value or…

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Market roundup – Tesco and Next among the blue-chip risers Economic outlook– Inflation forecast to climb above 3% Company focus– Standard Life Economic highlightsover the coming week – UK GDP; House prices; Consumer confidence Full article – Week in Perspective – 21st September 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the value or prospects…

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 Market roundup – FTSE 100 Index down Economic outlook– Bank of England’s Mark Carney leaves open the possibility of further interest rate cuts Company focus– Barratt Developments Economic highlightsover the coming week – UK inflation; Full article – Week in Perspective – 9th September 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the value or…

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Market roundup – Housebuilders lifted by property market data Economic outlook– Manufacturing survey shows strong rebound Company focus– Hays Economic highlightsover the coming week – Halifax house price index; ECB interest rate decision; UK balance of trade Full article – Week in Perspective – 2nd September 2016 (PDF) Important Notes The information contained in this report represents an impartial assessment of the…

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