Market Comment – A Mixed Summer Picture

The focus has shifted from Greece to China over recent days. Shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange have continued to give investors a rough ride. While the problems stem mainly from the speculation that accompanied the end of the bull run and the role of the banks in funding domestic investors, there can be no doubt China’s economic growth is slowing. Witness the recent fall in the oil price to below $50. Little wonder global growth expectations are being ratcheted down. Read more …

Thinking of using the new pension freedoms? Think cash flow planning first.

As financial advisers, one of the most important exercises we will carry out with clients is cash flow planning.

For those of you who have been through this process already, you’ll know that it provides a wonderfully clear look forward into the future at your financial situation at any given point. Read more …

Proud to be awarded prestigious certifications

We are delighted to announce that Brunel and several of our team have been awarded two prestigious Standard certifications, demonstrating our commitment to best practice and extremely high levels of financial planning knowledge and service. Read more …

2015 Client Survey Results

As always, we would like to extend our thanks to all of our clients who took part in this year’s client survey. All of your feedback is taken into account and it really does provide us with an invaluable way of both measuring how we are doing whilst  enabling us to make specific improvements that matter to you. Read more …

Market Comment – Muddling Through

When last I shared my thoughts on what might be in store for markets, investor confidence was being assailed from a variety of directions. Yet somehow we seem to have managed to survive. Greece has got its bailout money, though at a hefty price; the Budget was well received and China failed to implode. Markets have regained a degree of stability as a consequence. While shares are hardly racing away, the restoration of the status quo has brought a degree of comfort to investors.

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Summer Budget 2015 Overview

Introduction

It’s a parliamentary tradition that while making the Budget speech, the Chancellor may drink whatever he wishes. Previous Chancellors have opted for whisky (Kenneth Clarke), gin and tonic (Geoffrey Howe) and even sherry and beaten egg (William Ewart Gladstone). Reflecting more sombre and health conscious times, both Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown went for water and the current Chancellor, George Osborne has followed this dour, modern tradition. Read more …

The upcoming care cap and the need for proper later life planning

The care cap first proposed during the coalition government is set to come into effect from April 2016. The idea behind the cap – set at £72,000 – is to limit the amount of fees you pay in your lifetime towards care after you turn 65. This in turn will give you greater freedom to plan for your future.

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View from the Tower – Sara Mather

As part of a regular feature in our monthly newsletters we will be taking a sneaky look into the lives of the people that make Brunel Capital Partners tick. This month, we get to know Sara…

1. What first attracted you to Brunel Capital Partners?

Peter Hill!

2. What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Working with a lovely team of people

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Three business planning steps for the rest of 2015

With the midpoint of 2015 fast approaching, it’s time to take stock of your business successes during the past six months, as well as any areas where you perhaps haven’t made your mark as you had initially hoped. Looking to the future, here are three tips to help organise your business plans between now and the end of the year.
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Video: Business exit planning

As a business owner, it is likely that your retirement will need to involve a lot more planning than non-owner retirees. You’ll have questions about how to extract wealth from your business, how to ensure business continuity and how to decide on when the best time is to begin your retirement. In this short video, we start to look at some of your likely questions and how we can begin to address them.

 

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