Market Update

  • Oil fell 3.3% on the week with Brent at USD 55.6
  • Gold fell 0.8% to 1273.5
  • US and Turkey suspend visas in escalations of their diplomatic row
  • Central banks set to cut quantitative easing

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Three Million Savers With ‘Final Salary’ Pensions Have 50% Chance of Losing up to a Fifth of Their Income

New pension scheme rules challengedThree million workers with final salary pensions have a 50 per cent chance of losing up to fifth of their income because their employers have made unaffordable promises, a recent report has warned. Could you be one of them?
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Income Strategies – Opportunity Cost

Income strategies continue to be remarkably popular. To an extent this is understandable given many retirees rely on their defined contribution pension pot to provide income that funds their retirement.

There is something satisfying about watching regular income flow into your portfolio but many investors fail to grasp that a paid out dividend is also a missed opportunity to stay in the market. Over the long term, staying in the market has proven itself to be the better option when seeking capital returns.

James Klempster (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers shares his view. Click here to view.

The Need For Active In Passive!

Do you hold ETFs in your portfolio?

Jernej Bukovec (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers, discusses recent research published by the Research Affiliates that looks at the performance chasing behaviour in ETFs, and its implications for investors. Click here to view.

Treasury Banked £1.6bn in Tax From Pensions. Could You Be Paying Too Much Tax on Your Pension Withdrawals?

hmrc.jpgA quirk in the income tax system means HMRC is wrongly overcharging people who make use of new rules to draw cash from pensions.

Recent figures show the Treasury banked £1.6bn in tax from the first year of the pension freedoms (April 2015-16), nearly double its initial estimate of £910m. The discrepancy could be explained by a low ratio of people reclaiming overpaid tax, compared to those who have made withdrawals, experts suggest. Learn more

Worldwide Commission Disclosure Could Sound Death Knell for Isle of Man Life Companies

Death-001.jpgWhilst worldwide commission disclosure for life companies based in the Isle of Man such as Old Mutual International, Friends Provident International, and RL360 are two years away, life companies are beginning to brace themselves for a major slump in sales once the changes come into effect in January 2019. Some have argued the regulatory changes may sound the final death knell for life companies, which sought to delay commission disclosure that were intended to come into force in January 2018.
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Market Update – The Third Way

  • Oil rose 3.4% on the week with Brent at USD 56
  • Gold fell 1.8 % to 1315
  • Haven assets decline, global equities rise
  • North Korea launches second missile over Japan

Thus far President Trump’s leadership has been long on noise but short on results. He has failed to come up with any legislative wins in his first eight months, despite the Republicans’ control of both chambers of Congress and the executive. This is mostly due to intransigence – the White House has simply not been playing its traditional coordinating role to help bills through Congress.

There are also now rumours of another potential deal with the Democrats on DACA, a program to legalise people who arrived in the country illegally as children and have grown up in the US. Yet to be confirmed, this deal would be in exchange for additional border security funding but surprisingly doesn’t mention the wall with Mexico, a key issue for Trump’s base.

Jeromine Bertrand (CFA) of Momentum Global Investment Management, one of our UK regulated, discretionary fund managers, shares his view. Click here to view.