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Impact investing looks like the space to watch

As with every new generation, attitudes and preferences change, and millennials are no exception to this rule. Some of this undoubtedly comes from the natural instinct for independence. However, factors such as higher university education rates and access to the wealth of information available for free online have certainly had an effect on the tech-savvy millennials who have grown up with this technology. This is especially obvious when you contrast their lives with the baby-boomers who are currently in the process of transferring their estates to them, many of whom have wholly different penchants when it comes to investing.

Plus ça change

Last week I was discussing with a client the recurrence of similar themes in financial markets across the decades. For example, the ostensible similarities between the “Nifty Fifty” era of the late 1960s and early 1970s and the current fascination with the “FAANG” stocks – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet. For those who weren’t around then, the Nifty Fifty stocks were a basket of famous names that were the leading growth stocks of their day. It was said that they were “single-decision stocks” which meant that you could simply buy them and hold them on the basis that they would always grow. They included the likes of Kodak, Coca Cola and Xerox.

Cash Flow Planning

I attended a conference earlier this week and one of the featured speakers, Jeffery Coyle of Monograph Wealth Advisors in California, discussed the role of fixed income over time in an asset allocation strategy.  The presentation was thought-provoking because it was, in many ways, contrary to generally accepted industry practices.

UK pension drawdown – managing your exposure to the Lifetime Allowance Charge

The new pension freedoms on offer since 6 April 2015 have allowed individuals to become more strategic in the way they access their UK retirement funds. Traditionally, the tax-efficient way to drawdown your assets in retirement is to access taxable assets, tax deferred assets and tax exempt assets. These freedoms provide the ability to meet retirement needs in a way that can also mitigate your tax bill.

Insight into Trump Tax Reform Roadmap

After much anticipation, last week Republicans released their roadmap for revamping the US tax code. Passage of large scale tax reform will almost certainly be met with resistance and this is only the first step in the process but it provides some important insight into the intended direction of the upcoming debate that will take place over the next few months.