Blog - Archive for 2016

US interest rate rise

14th Dec, 2016

America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve (or “Fed”), has increased its target interest rate by 0.25%. This takes the target from 0.25 – 0.50% to 0.50% – 0.75%. In this post I explain the key implications of this announcement.

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European Central Bank extends its bond-buying programme

8th Dec, 2016

The European Central Bank (ECB), which is in charge of monetary policy for Eurozone members, has announced it will extend its bond-buying programme. In this post I explain what this means and the key implications of this announcement.

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The Italian Referendum

5th Dec, 2016

On Sunday 4th December, Italians voted in a referendum regarding constitutional reform in its government. The resulting “No” vote caused the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, to hand in his resignation and has raised questions about Italy’s economy and its future in Europe. In this post I answer some frequently asked questions about the Italian […]

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2016 Autumn Statement analysis

23rd Nov, 2016

The new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has announced the 2016 Autumn statement – his first (and last*) Autumn statement since he assumed this position in June. The Chancellor announced changes to various items today but in this post I have focused on tax legislation and personal finances.

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The positives of a Trump victory

9th Nov, 2016

Donald Trump has become the 45th President of the United States following a narrow victory over Hilary Clinton. Across the media there is widespread disbelief, despite the fact that in the weeks leading up to voting day the polls were neck and neck. There are also countless lists of all the potentially negative things we […]

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Bob Little & Co. shortlisted for prestigious award

9th Nov, 2016

Our Director, Robert Little, is looking forward to his night at Wembley after being shortlisted for one of our industry’s most prestigious awards.

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US election day

8th Nov, 2016

It is finally voting day in the US election after a tight, dramatic and acrimonious competition between Trump and Clinton. In this post I explain what we might see in investment markets over the next 24 hours as the results are announced. However this is only based on consensus views – in reality different investment […]

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Large increase in auto enrolment fines

28th Oct, 2016

From July to September there was a large increase in auto enrolment fines and compliance notices being issued to small and micro businesses throughout the UK. This is primarily being blamed on smaller businesses feeling “in the dark” when it comes to complying with the rules around workplace pensions. In this post I answer some […]

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