It was famously said that ‘all roads lead to Rome.’ In British politics, all speeches currently lead to the EU Referendum. George Osborne’s Budget speech, delivered on Wednesday March 16th, was no exception.
More than ever, the Chancellor was seeking to balance politics and economics as he rose to speak. On the politics front, there were a good many restive backbenchers behind him who had already put paid (at least for now) to the Chancellor’s widely-trailed intentions to reform tax relief on pension contributions. There was also an electorate to convince – and the Chancellor’s own political ambitions. Make no mistake, if the ‘Leave’ camp wins the EU referendum, George Osborne’s chances of succeeding David Cameron in the inevitable leadership battle are almost non-existent.
In January, we took the opportunity to run a survey to ask you what the most important financial planning activity was for you in 2016. Thank you very much to all who participated.
First and foremost, feedback showed that it is very difficult to narrow down your financial planning priorities to just one choice!
If you remember, we ran both a Twitter poll and a survey through our regular email communications with you.
As a business based in Bristol, we delight in the diversity and vibrancy of all the great enterprises to be found in our city. Following on from our previous articles, we’ve highlighted another five businesses to celebrate what they contribute to the local economy. If you’ve not yet come across them, why not check them out.
(P.S. if you are involved with a local business or organisation with a success story then do let us know – we would love to feature you here in a future article!)
When you set financial planning priorities, it will be because they are exactly that: your priority at that given time.
If you are a Brunel client then you’ll know that we’ll work with you to set a route by which you can arrive at your financial planning priority in good time, through the most streamlined method available, without encountering undue risk.
What gets talked about less in financial planning is that your priorities can and will change. What happens then?
We’re always interested in hearing from our clients (and from those of you who are not yet clients) and so, to kick off 2016, we thought we’d see if you can narrow down your financial planning priorities to just one choice!
Of course, if you are already a client, then we will likely have already discussed your plans with you, but we’re looking for your answers to this poll anyway to get a very informal, ‘state of the nation’ view on what most people are planning towards in 2016.
If you’re a business owner with a bit more time than usual over the Christmas period, why not try one of these great titles?
Or if people struggle to know what to buy you as ‘the business owner who has everything’, why not drop a few hints – there’s still time!
At this time of year bestseller lists abound so we thought we’d make our own list and share just a few of our favourite business titles; some published this year, some from a few years ago but all with some great insights into how you can perform better in the world of work.
The Big Day is fast approaching.
Have you done all your shopping or are you tearing your hair out for inspiration? Maybe there are people on your list that are just really difficult to buy for?
If you feel it’s a waste of money when you grab yet another bumper pack of socks, or a book you know they’ll never read or a DVD they’ll never watch, then don’t despair – we’ve come up with some really alternative experiences, which will hopefully fit the bill.
We wanted to take a pause this month from our normal coverage of financial news and personal finance stories to give you an update from ourselves at Brunel. With 2016 fast approaching, we are beginning to look to the year ahead and to our plans for the firm, to continue to improve our services for you, our clients.
Many of you may be familiar with our Company Values document, which is always available on our website and continues to govern every decision we take, as well as the overall direction of the firm.
Here at Brunel Headquarters we’ve been busy expanding our team to enable us to provide excellent support to our clients. Here’s a little introduction and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to Brunel Capital Partners!
Now that we are in the meteorological winter, which weather forecasters claim runs from the 1st December to the end of February and Advent, what is important for investors is whether we will enjoy a “Santa’s rally” this year. Past experience suggests December is more likely than not to deliver a positive result for investors, though why this should be the case is far from clear.