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February Economy Market Update

Posted on February 9, 2015 No Comments

The great thing about writing this bulletin is that you make a note of something which looks hugely significant around the middle of the month and then something else comes along which makes it pale into insignificance. In this case the ‘hugely significant’ event was the fall in UK inflation – what came along was […]

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December Market Commentary

Posted on December 5, 2014 No Comments

November saw the G20 group of world leaders meeting in Canberra. The summit was notable for the new sport invented by the great and good: a bizarre game of musical chairs in order to avoid being photographed sitting next to Vladimir Putin! Not to be outdone in the social pariah stakes, David Cameron turned Cassandra, […]

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November Market Commentary

Posted on November 5, 2014 No Comments

In all the time we’ve been writing these market commentaries it’s difficult to remember a more turbulent month than October 2014. Throughout the summer we have been writing about events in the Ukraine and the worries that conflict posed for Europe. Fortunately we now have a ceasefire in the region – and Russia and the […]

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October 2014 Markets – IFP’s Economy Commentary

Posted on October 27, 2014 No Comments

Throughout the summer this bulletin has been focused on events in the Ukraine, now we have an admittedly uneasy truce in the region and the focus of the world’s discontent has moved elsewhere. At time of writing, pro-democracy protesters are occupying the streets of Hong Kong and a coalition of 40 countries is in the […]

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Markets – September Commentary by IFP

Posted on September 9, 2014 No Comments

The phrase ‘the world looked a dangerous place’ has been used many times to describe the status of the markets. Never has that seemed more true than in August. In Northern Iran/Iraq the Islamic State continues to gather momentum and the world expressed outrage at the murder of US journalist, James Foley. Towards the end […]

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August Markets – Commentary

Posted on August 12, 2014 No Comments

Where to start this month? Until July 16th it was an easy decision: the happy, smiling face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as her boys lifted the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina. A booming stock market, huge trade surplus – and a trophy from Sepp Blatter. What more could a country want? […]

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Work Experience – What do the students think of IFP?

Posted on July 25, 2014 2 Comments

IFP pride ourselves on the education and training we provide for individuals. We offer graduate trainee schemes and also take on work experience students who would like to gain insight into the world of work. In most cases, our expectations are exceeded! We have seen determination in school students and an attitude to work which is […]

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Flexible Pensions – Will you be spending them all at once?

Posted on July 23, 2014 No Comments

Much has been written about the new dawn of pensions flexibility ushered in by the Chancellor in his last budget. Amidst the thunderous applause and cries of ‘long overdue!’ from most pension holders there were, however, stern noises from certain quarters – Labour’s Ed Balls among them – that the overwhelming temptation for many would […]

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Retirement Saving – Pension Alternatives

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Faced with a hefty 55 per cent pensions tax bill because of HM Revenue & Customs new lower lifetime pensions allowance, many middle-to-high earners with generous pension arrangements are seriously on the lookout for alternatives to pensions as savings vehicles for retirement. That is quite a few savers potentially hunting around, considering that approximately 360,000 […]

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Insurance for SME’s – A Complicated Arena

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“Small businesses are experts in their particular field but are often not experienced in buying insurance. That is why they need to be able to trust their insurance intermediary to act in their best interests. If there are conflicts of interest that are not identified or properly managed, that trust is put at risk.” (Clive Adamson, […]

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