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Monthly economic commentary: August 2018

Monthly economic commentary: August 2018

Commentary 17/08/18

Our chief economist, Colin Warren, looks at the related issues of US dollar strength and stresses in emerging markets, and the possible implications for the economy and financial markets, in his latest commentary.

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FCA report finds 1 in 10 adults have no savings

FCA report finds 1 in 10 adults have no savings

Story 16/08/18

A recent Financial Lives report from the FCA highlights that 1 in 10 adults don’t have sufficient savings. Get a breakdown of the findings here.

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AFH scraps platform fees for new clients

AFH scraps platform fees for new clients

Story 15/08/18

AFH Group chief executive Alan Hudson said the company would in future be absorbing the fees in full – there will be no increase in adviser charges to clients, no cut to adviser remuneration and no change to AFH’s investment proposition or portfolio construction.

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Top earners increase their share of tax payments

Top earners increase their share of tax payments

Story 08/08/18

HMRC’s latest statistics provide an insight into the income tax paying population. The figures reveal changes in the distribution of tax revenue over the last decade, with a growing share now coming from higher earners.

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The ISA universe simplified

The ISA universe simplified

Story 02/08/18

It’s not surprising that with the ever-changing guidelines and options available, when it comes to Individual Savings Accounts, potential investors are becoming increasingly bewildered. We’ve put together a basic overview of the various ISA types, so you can view your options at a glance.

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The dangers of early pension encashment

The dangers of early pension encashment

Story 31/07/18

The Personal Finance Society (PFS) recently revealed that thousands of retirees are fully encashing their pension pots at an early age. As a result, many are facing the risk of running low on funds due to rapid spending.

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Is ethical investing really possible?

Is ethical investing really possible?

Story 30/07/18

Do you know what your money is funding? Ethical investing involves understanding how your money is being used and feeling confident that this is in line with your principles.

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Understanding what goes in to the FTSE 100

Understanding what goes in to the FTSE 100

Story 24/07/18

The latest quarterly review of the FTSE 100 revealed common misunderstandings about how the index is drawn up. Whether you're considering investing in an index tracker fund or comparing fund performance against an index, it may be worth thinking about.

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