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Budget Blues

We await the results of this week’s budget from Chancellor Phillip Hammond with some trepidation. My bet’s on a bit of a damp squib. There simply isn’t enough money available for a bumper giveaway plus, with Brexit looming and the chancellor’s position looking precarious, I can’t see that we are in for a barnstorming performance. Ian [...]

By | November 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Streets of London

Let’s talk house prices. There’s always a plethora of house price surveys being published. The most recent addition was from Halifax, which suggested that UK prices saw a pick-up in growth again to 2.3% in the three months to October. Annual price growth edged up from 4% to 4.5% in September. So, while hardly earth-shattering [...]

By | November 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The only certainty is that we’re heading for more uncertainty

Oh, it’s all so confusing. These darned Brexit negotiations, set to run and run. But sadly, we don’t have the luxury of time and we are not much clearer as to where the UK will end up after seemingly months of talks. The CBI, for one, has had enough of this bluster. CBI President Paul [...]

By | November 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

DAX and the City

It was only in September that I said that the government needed to act quickly and decisively to reassure businesses about Brexit and transitional plans. Disappointingly, since then, very little detail has emerged. Nothing seems clear and we remain confused despite being told that ‘we are no longer at phase 1’ of negotiations but have [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

When something so wrong feels so right

From the Treasury’s point of view, 2014’s changes to stamp duty have been a bumper success. Civil servants could barely contain their glee last week when HMRC revealed that, since then-Chancellor George Osborne hiked the rate for homes worth over £925,000, Stamp Duty receipts have risen by a whopping 33%. Now, on pretty much [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments