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24 Mar 2022
UK Government Spring Statement 2022

UK Government Spring Statement 2022

Just before Christmas, the Chancellor asked the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to produce an economic and fiscal forecast for 23 March.  The timing and brief nature of the accompanying Treasury announcement reflected Mr Sunak’s wish to keep the Spring Statement a low-profile event. This was not meant to be a March mini-Budget, despite what…

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15 Dec 2021
Setting investment goals for 2022

Setting investment goals for 2022

  Creating and maintaining the right investment strategy is key in securing your future financial goals and objectives. A significant element of this strategy is your level of involvement. How much control do you want over your investments? Do you prefer to be in charge, or do you want someone to invest for you? Volatile…

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30 Nov 2021
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing

  COVID-19 pandemic has shown the fragility of the planet   Once a niche approach thought to come at the expense of returns, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies have proven that they can be market-beating. If you’re someone who wants to make a positive difference, your money and the things you care about could…

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2 Nov 2021
What’s happening with inflation?

What’s happening with inflation?

  Understanding inflation is an important factor when it comes to your financial success. If you don’t factor inflation in when deciding where to put your money – whether that’s savings accounts or investing – you could find your wealth shrinks over the years. The current causes of higher inflation are largely COVID-related. The easing…

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28 Oct 2021
UK Government Autumn Budget 2021

UK Government Autumn Budget 2021

The first autumn Budget for three years was a three-part presentation.  The Chancellor’s well-trailed speech was accompanied by the first multi-year Spending Review since 2015 and the latest Economic and Fiscal Outlook (EFO) from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Mr Sunak’s previous two Budgets had been dominated by the pandemic, which has wreaked havoc…

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28 Sep 2021
Spreading investment risk

Spreading investment risk

Understanding investment risk and determining what level of risk you feel comfortable with before you invest is an important part of the investment decision process. Your potential returns available from different kinds of investment, and the risks involved, change over time as a result of economic, political and regulatory developments, as well as a host…

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14 Jul 2021
Discretionary Portfolio team bolstered by appointment of Andrew  McLean

Discretionary Portfolio team bolstered by appointment of Andrew McLean

Thorntons Investments is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew McLean as a Discretionary Portfolio Manager. This appointment strengthens our client proposition during a time of growth for the business. Andrew will spend time in both our Dundee and Edinburgh offices and will be responsible for managing bespoke portfolios for individual clients, pensions, offshore bonds,…

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15 Mar 2021
Protecting vulnerable consumers is a key focus for the FCA

Protecting vulnerable consumers is a key focus for the FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) warns that there are now “27.7 million adults in the UK with characteristics of vulnerability.” Examples of vulnerability include poor health, such as cognitive impairment, life events, such as bereavement or new caring responsibilities, low resilience to cope with financial or emotional upsets and low capability, such as poor literacy…

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4 Mar 2021
UK Government Budget 2021

UK Government Budget 2021

On some counts this Budget was Rishi Sunak’s 15th major announcement since his first Budget, just under a year ago.  During this period, the pandemic has dominated the Chancellor’s actions and this was true of his latest Budget.  To no small degree the framework for Mr Sunak’s latest appearance at the despatch box had been…

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