Where’s the best place to live in Britain?
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, News, Personal Finance

Before you consider purchasing a property or renting a house, deciding where to live could be one of the most important decisions you make. Get it wrong and you will either be unhappy with where you live, or face the costs associated with moving home again.  Thankfully, the annual Halifax Quality of Life survey can…

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Who runs the world?
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, General, News, Personal Finance

There is an old adage that says “if you want a job done, ask someone who is busy”.

In the world of insects, most of the work is done by the females; all daughters of the Queen of the colony. In the animal kingdom the lionesses do the hunting but when it comes to human beings the burden is generally shared with both men and women carrying out the work.

Recent statistics show that more and more women are entering the workplace, pushing employment levels to a new high.

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The World In A Week 50 – Planes, Trains And Automobiles
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Business Finance, Investments, News, World in a Week

It was media heaven last week as the headlines screamed about the worst week for investors since the global financial crisis in 2008

The Coronavirus has encapsulated the fears of investors; like the disease, they fear the spread and fallout in markets will ultimately lead to the next recession.

Policymakers around the world look to grapple with the consequences of transport and supply chain disruptions resulting from efforts to contain the outbreak.

A degree of forbearance is needed for companies who have been affected the most from the global supply chain disruption.

It is important that any policy response needs to be granular and specific, as the previous blunt tool of interest rates cuts will arguably not be sufficient in this instance.

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Investment company assets reach £200bn milestone
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Business Finance, Investments, News

Assets managed by investment companies have surpassed £200 billion for the first time. An investment company often referred to as an investment trust, is a form of a collective investment fund. It has a closed-end structure, which differs from unit trusts or open-ended investment companies OEICS), where new units are created and cancelled based on investor demand.

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Fix the roof when the sun is shining!
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, News, Personal Finance

Nobody knows for sure when the UK economy might next enter a period of recession. Based on historical economic cycles, we do appear to be long overdue a recession; various technical indicators and some commentators have suggested that the process has already begun.

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It’s official. We are going nowhere fast
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Business Finance, Investments, News, Personal Finance

It’s official. The UK economy has shrunk in size for the first time in seven years. According to the latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the British economy contracted during the second quarter.

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Liquidity is the new king of investing
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, Investments, News, Personal Finance

When it comes to investing money, liquidity should be highly significant consideration.

Liquidity is the ability to get access to your money when you need it.

An instant access cash deposit account with a bank or building society is a example of a liquid investment, as are stocks traded on a listed equity market, such as the London Stock Exchange.

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Lessons from the suspension of Woodford Equity Income
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Investments, News, Personal Finance

It’s been a busy old month in the world of investing, following the suspension of Neil Woodford’s flagship £3.7bn Equity Income fund and the fallout on companies such as Hargreaves Landsdown.

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Modern Monetary Theory branded ‘rotten’
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Business Finance, General, News

Many organisations have made a case for Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) in recent years. In simple terms, MMT is an argument that nations that issue currencies, like the UK and Pound Sterling, can never run out of money in the same way individuals or corporations can. It hinges on the claim that governments can print…

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The World In A Week 19 – The UK / US Alliance
  • Posted by: Jon Doyle
  • Category: Blog, General, News, World in a Week

Last week the US and UK commemorated and celebrated their historic alliance and friendship. The week included the rarity of both the D-Day commemorations of World War Two as well as the US President’s State Visit. Both occasions demonstrated the continuing bond between the two countries. One focused on humanity and the enormous courage and…

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