France votes

France votes

In this year of elections, it’s interesting to take stock of the first-round results of the French poll delivered on Sunday. With the youthful centrist Emmanuel Macron taking the lead versus Marine Le Pen and now with strong endorsement from banished left and right...
Three cheers for stability

Three cheers for stability

Three cheers for stability 8 Mar 2017 Policy area: Property tax, Regeneration and development Ion Fletcher summarises the policy announcements (or comparative lack thereof) in this year’s Budget. The Chancellor showed little sign of backsliding on his promise to...
PM’s address sheds little light on strategy

PM’s address sheds little light on strategy

Theresa May’s much heralded speech on Britain’s negotiation to leave the EU produced little we didn’t already know but did provide a 12 point framework outlining, perhaps in idealised form, the major aims and objectives. The speech would have pleased...

Is the ceiling crashing in on buy-to-let?

Unlike a pension, you’ll be able to access cash before retirement, though unless this is to buy a first property there will be an exit penalty applied. The Lisa has sparked concern that young savers will be tempted by the lure of property cash and opt out of workplace...