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GWMQ to support Mini’s tournament 26-28 Feb
23.02.2015

  Guardian Wealth Management Qatar (GWMQ) will be title sponsors for the Mini’s tournament, which takes place at Doha Rugby Club on February 27 and 28. The two day event will see youngsters from countries like Bahrain and the UAE competing. Among other sponsors are Grand Hyatt Doha, who will be supplying catering throughout the weekend. Jason Morris, vice chairman of Doha Rugby Football Centre, said, “This year we are …

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House price growth at its lowest to date
18.02.2015

—————————- More news on the UK housing front as annual house price growth slows down for the third month to December last year. According to the ONS the average property price hit £272,000 in December up 9.8% from the same month in the previous year The annual rate of house price inflation has slowed every month since the 12.1 per cent growth which was recorded in September. It dropped to …

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Falling Oil Prices – But it’s not all good.
12.02.2015

Lower oil prices will fail to give a “significant boost” to global growth in the next two years, Is the news from ratings agency Moody’s today. They warn that any boost from cheaper oil prices would be offset by the eurozone’s economic troubles, along with slower economic growth from the likes of China. Moody’s will therefore not be revising its growth forecasts for the G20 countries. They said; “For the …

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Breaking News Pension Update
04.02.2015

  ——————————————————————————— More breaking news on pensions as the government puts regulation in place to protect anyone looking to transfer their pension out of a defined benefit scheme. As of last week, an amendment to the Pensions Schemes Bill 2014-15 in the House of Lords has specified that anyone seeking to transfer out of a defined benefit pension scheme has to seek advice from a pension adviser who is FCA …

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Not So New Scotland Yard
10.12.2014

Headquarters of the Metropolitan police New Scotland Yard has been sold to Middle Eastern developers for £370 million. A financial group in Abu Dhabi paid over £120million above the asking price for the building which has housed the Met since 1967. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson approved of the deal claiming that it was an investment in the future he said “This landmark deal allows us to preserve the past …

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David Howell of Guardian Wealth Management writes
26.11.2014

  Aviva set to table £5bn offer for Friends Life? In our industry, mergers and acquisitions are commonplace. Friends Life itself only began in 2011, as an amalgamation of Friends Provident plc, the majority of the AXA UK Life insurance business and Bupa Health Assurance. However now it seems their customers are set for more change. Already, Friends Life clients and indeed advisers often struggle to know which number to …

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Licence please!
12.11.2014

Don’t be fooled by unlicensed financial advisory firms operating within the UAE. That is the message coming from the SCA (the Securities and Commodities Authority) today. In a press release issued on their website the SCA set out stark warnings to investors to be wary and only do business with licensed financial consultancy and analysis companies. The authority encourages investors to check the names of licensed companies for piece of …

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Take the good with the bad
04.11.2014

  It looks like more good news for the British economy as manufacturing activity has expanded at its fastest rate in three months during October this year. As is often the case though, good news comes with a downside as we have also seen low demand from Eurozone countries which has been reflected in export orders. The PMI (Purchasing Managers Index) rose from 51.5 to 53.2 its highest level since …

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The rules of inversion
22.10.2014

Tax to many is a dirty word, for business owners and shareholders it’s no different, this would explain the apparent rise in tax inversions in the US. Tax inversion is the process whereby a US domiciled company merges with company in a more ‘tax friendly’ country and thus avoids paying the 35% American corporate tax rate. The latest US company to do so is fast food giant Burger King who …

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Deadline set for the Robin Cosgrove prize
20.10.2014

Deadline set for the 5th edition of the Robin Cosgrove prize, for Ethics in Finance. Guardian Wealth Management are once again proud to support the ‘Robin Cosgrove prize for Ethics in Finance.’ The prize aims to promote the importance of ethics in finance worldwide, a topic made only more significant in the wake of the global economic crash. $20,000 will be won by one or more of the applicants, who …

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Labour reforms
24.09.2014

  There is a theme developing when it comes to UK pension legislation and that is the certainty of uncertainty. It was only in April this year that Chancellor George Osborne announced the ‘pension shake up’ that allowed pensioners unlimited access to their own pension savings. From the age of 55, UK private pension holders would be allowed access to 25% of their pension fund tax free, with the remainder …

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You’re not a pensioner yet
06.08.2014

Good news; you’re not a pensioner yet….. (That’s only because pension age is going up – you’re still getting old.) In March the Chancellor announced big changes to the pensions system in Britain allowing pensioners unrestricted access to their pension pots from April 2015. In the plans outlined, 25% of their fund will be accessible as a tax free lump sum, the remaining 75% at their marginal rate of tax. …

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The extension of the KID to insurance
25.06.2014

Developed to make the process of buying funds simpler for investors, Key Information Documents are to be brought into the insurance arena. David Howell asks whether it can work. Originally brought in to help consumers cut through pages and pages of complex investment information, the EU Parliament has finalised proposals to extend the use of Key Information Documents (KIDs) and make them mandatory for all packaged retail and insurance-based investment …

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Putting people at the centre
25.06.2014

The daunting task of planning a business model across several jurisdictions was made simpler for Guardian Wealth Management thanks to its client-focused approach. Success comes from acknowledging the people behind the transactions. The challenge of implementing a UK lifestyle financial planning model across different jurisdictions is not one to be undertaken lightly. We felt the fear and did it anyway. We wanted to provide the best possible advice for clients …

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Cheese and pickle on brown please
25.06.2014

How should advisers use statistics when it comes to helping clients reach a realistic figure for retirement income? There’s little doubt that statistics are a great way of demonstrating to clients the benefits of saving for retirement. A current favourite of mine is how you could boost your pension pot to the tune of £63,700 by bringing a packed lunch to work every day. The research, conducted by Opinium Research …

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  • GWMQ to support Mini’s tournament 26-28 Feb
    23.02.2015
      Guardian Wealth Management Qatar (GWMQ) will be title sponsors for the Mini’s tournament, which takes place at Doha Rugby Club on February 27 and 28. The two day event will see youngsters from countries like Bahrain and the UAE competing. Among other sponsors are Grand Hyatt Doha, who will be supplying catering throughout the weekend. Jason Morris, vice chairman of Doha Rugby Football Centre, said, “This year we are …

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