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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Brexit progress report

In the weekly update from Miton’s Multi Asset team, fund manager Anthony Rayner gives a progress report on Brexit. He comments: “The EU referendum was over two months ago but progress on what Brexit will actually mean, never mind any sense as to when an agreement will be reached, has been slow. Nevertheless, there are some […]

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Are investors ready for stock market risks ahead?

Margaret Lawson, manager of SVM UK Growth Fund, comments: “In some areas it’s too early to assess the impact of the referendum, and undoubtedly there will be delays in investment and hiring, but resilience is already evident. Some stimulation for the UK economy can be expected in the autumn statement. The lower Pound should stimulate exports, […]

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Mortgage sales down 15% as Brexit bites

Confidence in the property market has waned following the Brexit vote, with mortgage sales falling 15.7% (£2.5bn) last month, according to the latest analysis from Equifax Touchstone. Year-on-year, sales are down 16.6% (£2.7bn). Residential mortgage sales fell by 15.8% (£2.1bn) on June, while buy-to-let sales dropped by 15.2% (£0.4bn). Year-on-year residential sales were down 9.7% (£1.2bn) […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Don’t use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

Investing is multi-dimensional. If you look at opportunities solely through the lens of traditional asset class exposure, you will see a one dimensional world where opportunities will be reduced and risk will be simplified: the worst of both worlds. Take the UK equity market for example, which is seen by some asset allocators as a […]

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Peter Toogood: From Wall Street to Main Street

Post-Brexit investors could be forgiven for asking what all the fuss was about. Indeed, anyone predicting utter chaos was always going to look rather foolish. For now, we are still inside Europe, unemployment is still falling and wages are still rising, so what’s not to like? The referendum was, at best, a distraction from the […]

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Miton’s David Jane: Another day, another dollar

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: “Recent economic data has been beating lowered expectations, most especially in the US. Overall, growth remains low, as does inflation, but this is to be expected when demographics remain unfavourable and the debt burden high. As a consequence equity markets of late have changed tone, with […]

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Hargreave Hale’s Norwich branch attracts £85m in first year

Investment Manager Hargreave Hale is celebrating the first anniversary of its Norwich branch opening for business. The city centre office, which is located in St George’s Street, has experienced strong growth, attracting in excess of 250 clients and £85m in funds under administration during its first 12 months. The branch opened following the recruitment of […]

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Pitfalls to avoid when protecting your Lifetime Allowance

Matthew Brown, Private Client Partner at Thomas Miller Investment, comments on the new Fixed Protection 16 (FP16) and Individual Protection 16 (IP16) and issues for pension savers. “The new HMRC web portal that allows pension savers to protect a pensions Lifetime Allowance (LTA) of more that £1m is up and running. The web portal allows anyone […]

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The bank of England is right to cut interest rates

Abi Oladimeji, Chief Investment Officer at Thomas Miller Investment, argues that the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates is a step in the right direction but further policy support will be required in due course. “The UK’s economic performance in the second quarter of 2016 was encouraging. However, that may well have been […]

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CMA order will revolutionise SME lending – Equifax comments

On 9 August 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is due to order seven major high street banks to produce new loan pricing and eligibility tools to address the lack of competition in SME lending. They are expected to be given just six months to do this. Nic Beishon, Head of Commercial, Equifax UK […]

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