Category: Weekly 60 Secs

242 – THE 2018 INVESTMENT YEAR

The world’s share markets mostly saw falls in 2018. Index 2018 Change FTSE 100 -12.5% FTSE All-Share -13.0% Dow Jones Industrial -5.6% Standard & Poor’s 500 -6.2% Nikkei 225 -12.1% Euro Stoxx 50 (€) -14.3% Shanghai Composite -24.6% MSCI Emerging Markets (£) -11.5% 2018 was a very different year for investors from 2017. During that…

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236 – HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

The office at PPM will shut for another year on Friday 21st December. We will re open on Monday 7th January. Thank you as always for your support. Have a lovely Christmas time. Happy Christmas! From The PPM team. The contents of this article is for information purposes only and represent the opinion of Pryor…

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233 – THE RISKS OF LATE ESTATE PLANNING.

Imagine you are named as the executor and a beneficiary of your wife’s wealthy aunt. You learn that she is suffering from terminal cancer and has ‘a very impaired lifespan’. What do you do? This is what happened in the case of Nader and others v Revenue & Customs. The executor/beneficiary, a Dr Nader, decided…

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232 – LOSING INTEREST IN CASH ISA’s

The popularity of cash ISAs is continuing to wane, according to new statistics from HMRC.With inflation persistently above interest rates, it’s not hard to imagine why. The bank of England recently increased the interest rate to 0.75%, A but inflation was 2.7% B in August 2018. This means, if you are holding cash in an…

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230 – THE BUDGET: AN END TO AUSTERITY?

The 2018 Budget - delivered on a Monday for the first time since 1962 - produced a number of surprises, not least some high-profile ‘giveaways’. Announcements in the Budget included: * A £650 increase in the personal allowance to £12,500 for 2019/20, the level originally pencilled in for 2020/21. * A £3,650 increase in the…

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229 – MORE PEOPLE WORKING PAST 65

Do you fancy working once you have reached age 65? The trend of rising employment levels is not limited to working-age people, according to the latest employment statistics from the Office for National Statistics. The results reveal a growing number of people have working beyond what is still often thought of as male pension age…

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228 – TRICK OR TREAT? THE CHANCELLOR CALLS THE 2018 BUDGET FOR LATE OCTOBER.

The 2018 Budget has been set for Monday 29 October, setting a deadline for speculation and proposals. Mr Hammond, however, has indicated that he won't end the long spell of austerity measures, despite improving public finances. Proposals raised by think tanks and professional bodies include overhauls of income and inheritance tax, 'pension tax relief simplification',…

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227 – The record S&P 500 bull run.

The US stock market set a new record for the longest-ever bull market in August. Wednesday 22 August 2018 saw the S&P 500 drop – by less than 0.1% – after 3,453 days, making it the longest-ever bull run (a period of rising share prices) for the index, which is used by professional investors’ as…

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