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Coping with Uncertainty

Investments, Market Commentary, News

“Oil falls on middle-east uncertainty.” When financial markets are volatile, you often hear that “uncertainty” is the cause. This suggests that uncertainty comes and goes, but because financial markets are forward looking, and because the future is unpredictable, investors must cope with uncertainty all the time. That can be hard, especially in volatile periods when […]

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How best to invest?

Investments, Market Commentary

Investments Establishing and maintaining an investment portfolio is often key to achieving financial independence. Experience, expertise and rigorous academic research are deeply embedded into our investment process.     Why Invest? People are now living longer and working longer, it’s never been more important to make our money work for us, and investment is one […]

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New Main Residence Nil Rate Band Planning – Causeway Coast Inheritance Tax Planning

Inheritance Tax Planning, Legacy Planning, Market Commentary, News, Tax Planning

New Main Residence Nil Rate Band Planning This will benefit individuals with direct descendants who have an estate, which includes a main residence, with total assets above the current inheritance tax threshold, or nil-rate band. What is the “Main Residence Nil Rate Band”? It will introduce an additional nil-rate band when a residence is passed […]

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2016 in review

Investments, Market Commentary, News

We’re well into the new year now and after President Trump’s inauguration on Friday past I thought it might be useful to reflect on the past year. In 2016, the UK market reached new highs and stocks in a majority of developed and emerging market countries delivered positive returns. UK investors with overseas assets benefited […]

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What on earth is going on?

Market Commentary, News

What’s going on in the UK? For about forty years we have been living well beyond our means and the chickens are coming home to roost. On the 29th November we’ll hear from the government about their revised cuts plan.  They’ll tell us that they’ve fallen behind and can’t meet the original 2015 target.  Let’s […]

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Are we too greedy? – Financial Planning in the Triangle – Coleraine, Portrush, Ballymoney, Portstewart

Financial Planning, Investments, Market Commentary, News, Pensions, Retirement

A friend’s recent blog post resonated with my own thinking on how we spend our accumulated wealth.  Often I meet wealthy clients with a very healthy and easy relationship with their money – it doesn’t have a hold on them.  Other clients are afflicted by worry and a desire for more even though they want […]

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