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March 2018 Market Commentary


“The first month of 2018 was a good one for the major stock markets which we cover in this Bulletin. We report on 12 markets and 11 of them made gains in January – in…

Monday 05 March 2018

Who owns your bank?

Following the financial crisis of 2008 when a number of big British banks came close to collapsing, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) was strengthened by the govern…

Monday 05 March 2018

Hints that interest rates could rise

Figures released at the end of January revealed that the final quarter of 2017 saw the economy expand by 0.5%. The Bank of England has now indicated that the pace of interest rate …

Monday 05 March 2018

The topics you need to be talking about with your parents

Talking about money with your parents can be difficult. However, these conversations can also be some of the most important ones you will have with those you love. It doesn’t need …

Monday 05 March 2018

Help to Buy ISA – how have they done?

Recent government statistics have revealed that the Help to Buy ISA scheme is helping first-time buyers to get on the property ladder three years earlier than they otherwise would.…

Monday 05 March 2018

The collapse of Carillion – lessons for businesses

The collapse of Carillion in January 2018 has already triggered disruption throughout the construction industry. Businesses subcontracted by Carillion will soon feel the effects of…

Monday 05 March 2018

What does Open Banking mean regarding your personal data?

For many years, bank customers have been secure in the knowledge that their financial information, including their spending habits and levels of debt, are only available to them an…

Monday 05 March 2018

Time in the market, not timing the markets

With markets around the world continuing to prove unpredictable as momentous financial and political events continue to unfold, it’s perhaps not a surprise that investors are incre…

Monday 05 March 2018

The next steps in Auto-Enrolment

A recent statement from the government has announced plans to extend the automatic enrolment scheme so that it applies to all workers aged 18 or over by the mid-2020s. Currently, t…

Monday 05 March 2018

How to ensure the kids’ Christmas cash doesn’t lose value

If your children received money as gifts this Christmas, you might be thinking of putting at least some of this away for them into a savings account to see it grow and help teach t…

Friday 02 February 2018