This week, in India, which is home to more than 18% of the global population, polls will open for its 2019 general election.
There are many different approaches that can be taken to investing in equity markets and the truth is that these will work well, or less well, over particular periods of time depending on the prevailing market environment. Sadly, there is no panacea to investing that will always be ahead of the game.
With the end of the 2018-19 tax year approaching, time is running out for people to make the most of the various tax allowances available to them before midnight on 5 April.
One of the biggest conundrums savers face is whether to prioritise Isas or pensions as a home for their long-term investments.
What a week it has been for drama in UK politics with the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement rejected again and Parliament voting to rule out the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal.
Political uncertainties have undoubtedly had a corrosive effect on investor sentiment, a fact borne out by a very prolonged pattern of net outflows from both UK and European equity funds.
One of the key driving forces behind the strong relative performance of the US equity market in recent years has been US-listed companies buying their own shares.
In most areas of economic activity, people can’t resist a bargain and Black Friday has become an important day for retailers and a chance for the public to scoop up some deals before Christmas. One area that often seems impervious to the allure of steep price cuts is the world of investments. In fact, investors often do the opposite of what they do when confronted with a discount on the cost of a new coat or television.
Besides bringing forward the schedule for increases in both the personal allowance and the threshold for higher-rate tax by a year, as well as the extension of stamp duty relief for first-time buyers in qualifying shared ownership properties, from a personal finance perspective, yesterday’s Budget statement from chancellor Philip Hammond was about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Last night, the US president announced that tariffs will be implemented on Chinese imports totalling approximately $200 billion (£152 billion) from next week (24 September).
Over the last few years, we have periodically warned that the future availability of tax relief on pension contributions at the higher and additional rates of income tax is in doubt and suggested that those able to benefit from the current generous arrangements should make use of them while they can.
As Americans celebrate their Independence Day public holiday this Wednesday with barbecues, picnics, parades and fireworks, they do so against the backdrop of an economy that is in rude health. Unemployment is at an 18-year low of 3.8 per cent, wage growth appears to be stabilising at around 2.7 per cent, business investment is up and lower taxes are having a positive impact.