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9 Jul 2020
UK Government Summer Statement 2020

UK Government Summer Statement 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has spent so much time in the spotlight that it seems hard to believe he has not yet been in the job for five months. Yesterday’s Financial Statement was just the latest of a series of announcements by Mr Sunak since he presented his Spring Budget on 11 March, four weeks…

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19 Jun 2020
Matt Strachan looks back at the history and success of the Alternative Investment Market, which was launched 25 years ago this week.

Matt Strachan looks back at the history and success of the Alternative Investment Market, which was launched 25 years ago this week.

This week is the 25th anniversary of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). So, I thought it appropriate to indulge a little in its history and success. I remember its launch well, as I had been responsible for a couple of investments on one of its forebears, the Unlisted Securities Market (USM). Back in 1995 it…

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27 Apr 2020
How to avoid the latest “Corona-Scams”

How to avoid the latest “Corona-Scams”

The Coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on our society and the way we go about our lives, and you will have no doubt seen on the news the many issues arising, ranging from the lack of PPE supplies for front-line workers to the consumer rush on  hand sanitiser and toilet rolls.   Unfortunately, it is…

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12 Mar 2020
UK Government Budget 2020

UK Government Budget 2020

Rarely have we seen a Budget delivered against such a dramatic existential threat to the global economy.  The fact that the Coronavirus will have a major impact on the major economies of the world is not in dispute.  The extent of that impact on the UK economy is a significant judgment call for a Chancellor…

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10 Mar 2020
In your Shoes

In your Shoes

David Holmes is Head of Business Development at Thorntons Investments. Based in Dundee and Edinburgh, Thorntons Investments provide both Financial Planning and Discretionary Investment services. David is responsible for the distribution and marketing of their  investment services to financial advisers across the UK and for relationships with key partners and professional connections. This article was…

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5 Mar 2020
Tax Allowances, use it or lose it

Tax Allowances, use it or lose it

There are a number of exemptions and allowances that an individual can use in relation to their personal tax position and as we approach the end of the UK’s fiscal year on 5 April, it is important to try and use these, where appropriate, especially as a number of them cannot be rolled forward, so…

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27 Feb 2020
 Exam Success leads to promotion!

 Exam Success leads to promotion!

Sarah Peter joined Thorntons Investments in 2015 as a Portfolio Assistant, supporting the Portfolio team, helping to ensure clients receive the highest level of service for their investments. Over the last few years, Sarah’s commitment has seen her juggle a full time role, and a busy family life with completing a University Degree in Business…

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13 Feb 2020
Optimising financial legacy in St Andrews

Optimising financial legacy in St Andrews

Please see this press release from our colleagues, Thorntons Law LLP, about the forthcoming Breakfast Seminar in St Andrews on 25 February 2020.   NEWS RELEASE – January 2020 Optimising financial legacy in St Andrews Residents in St Andrews are urged to attend a free breakfast seminar next month which aims to enable attendees with best…

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4 Feb 2020
Why is Culture so important? 

Why is Culture so important? 

Improving culture and governance in regulated firms has always been a major priority for the FCA, but what does it mean and how does it benefit consumers?   The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) came into force for FCA solo-regulated firms in December 2019.  The aim of this new regime is to encourage a…

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