Jon Telford, Author at Moore Stephens Financial Services

Inflation – A scourge from times gone by

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For many in our society the term inflation, the measure by which prices are rising, is simply an oft quoted statistic that bears little relevance to people’s lives. However, those of us old enough to remember the 1970’s and 80’s are likely to have a very different view. Inflation was a constant concern during those years and was sometimes out of control leading to several economic crises. Over the last…

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Can the EU and the Euro survive?

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With the world still reeling from the result of the UK’s EU referendum, reactions seem to be polarising amongst different communities in Europe and particularly between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. The leaders of the ‘haves’, i.e. the EU Politicians and technocrats seem to be taking a tough stance and want to punish the UK for voting to leave. They wish to make an example of us to warn…

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EU Referendum – All aboard the gravy train

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On June 23rd the EU referendum will be held and the British public will be asked to vote on whether the UK should remain in, or leave the European Union. From my discussions with clients over the last few months it has become clear that many are unsettled about the issue. Whilst there are some who strongly believe that we should leave and of course those who feel we should…

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China – Crouching Tiger?

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Much has been made in recent months of the slowdown in the Chinese economy with GDP growth recently falling to 6.8%. At first glance you might be wondering what’s wrong with growth at this level since most western economies are struggling to grow at more than 1%. The point is that for China this is the slowest growth rate since 2009 and so, some are now questioning China’s future prospects….

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Tax Evasion & Tax Avoidance; What is the difference?

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In simple terms, tax evasion is illegal whilst tax avoidance is legitimate. Tax and evading or avoiding it has been very much in the news of late, but there seems to be a great deal of confusion about the difference between evasion and avoidance with many people incorrectly assuming that they are one and the same thing. If you are resident in the UK, deliberately trying to evade a tax…

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Pension Freedoms – Why taking advice has never been more important  

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  A significant but perhaps poorly understood consequence of the Pension Freedoms announced in 2015 is that the future relationship between investors and their advisers will need to be very different to how it has been operating in the past. Previously, individuals retiring with final salary pensions or annuities have needed advice at the point of retirement, but once they have made their generally irrevocable choices, there has obviously been…

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For Growth, Add a Little Mexican

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South American markets haven’t performed particularly well in the last year or so, but it is clear that one Latin American country, Mexico, has the potential to do very well as the global economy emerges from recession. This is the view of Neptune Investment Management’s Latin America fund manager, Tom Smith speaking at Neptune’s recent investment conference in London. Tom makes the point that investors tend to focus on Brazil…

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MSFS Run the Mucky Races “Sole Destroyer”

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We recently ran through lakes and mud pits, raising £560 in support of the BDFA! We believe that engaging with the community in which we live and work is an important part of our lives, both when we are working and when we are resting. We want to support good causes where we can, and encourage and take part in sporting and cultural events throughout the region. This page provides…

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BDFA Dragon Boat Race

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We recently took part in a Dragon Boat race in support of the BDFA (Batten Disease Family Association). Unfortunately we were only able to complete two races before the event was called off due to rain. The Batten Disease Family Association (BDFA) is the only UK Charity dedicated to supporting families, raising awareness and facilitating research into the group of diseases known as the NCLs or Batten Disease. The charity aims…

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Battenfest 2013

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We recently supported the Batten Disease Family Association with their greatly succesful inaugural 24 hour music festival, Battenfest 2013. Glorious Northamptonshire sunshine greeted the revelers at the inaugural 24 hour music festival, Battenfest 2013. Gareth Cobley & Shaun Curtis were the public face(s) of Battenfest and MC’d brilliantly throughout. This double act guided guests through the many many activities and got everyone in the festival spirit. On the centre stage,…

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