January 2016 - Moore Stephens Financial Services

Why investment diversification matters

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As global stock markets end a turbulent week, the FTSE 100 ended the week higher than it started. That may come as a surprise as it has undoubtedly been a rocky ride to get to this point. To be clear, if global stock markets enter an inexorable downward spiral at the present time, no amount of logic will stop them. The facts that we clung onto last week are that…

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Pension tax relief – the clock is ticking

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For a few years now we have portended changes to the tax relief applying to pensions and the removal of some those benefits which make pensions so attractive to higher rate taxpayers. Whilst changes have been made in previous Budgets, higher rate tax relief has remained largely untouched. The axe had previously fallen on the amount which could be saved into pensions on an annual lifetime basis. March 2016 may…

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Time to sell up or the time we have been waitIng for?

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Global stock markets in 2016 have opened with a vengeance, maintaining some of the worries that afflicted them towards the end of 2015. China steals more headlines, the bottom has seemingly fallen out of oil and automotive companies continue to fail emissions tests. So the result must be an unequivocal Armageddon, according to some commentators at least. Time to sell up, run to cash and fear investing for a generation…

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