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TOP TIPS - Review Your Finances for 2020

The start of a new decade, and with it the beginning of a new era for Britain and its citizens in the form of Brexit, represents the perfect time to review your wealth management plans. From taking a look at the suitability of your asset allocation and your pension savings to reviewing your tax and estate planning, now is an especially pertinent time to develop a clear path into the future.

While Brexit is not quite a done deal yet, there is at least some clarity and although Boris Johnson might have been unable to get Brexit ‘done' immediately, one thing is pretty clear: as of 31 January, the UK really will begin the process of leaving the EU.

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NEWS WRAP - FCA's Pension Concern for Economic Downturn

The minutes have been published for October's Financial Conduct Authority board meeting* in which the organisation discussed, among other regulatory matters, pension losses and the kinds of situations that might arise in the event of a future economic instability.

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NEWS WRAP - Eco Investment Scammers Given Prison Sentences

Increasing numbers of investors are motivated to put their money into ethically and ecologically minded investments. This is undoubtedly an admirable aim, however, investors who fail to take adequate international financial advice risk becoming vulnerable to scammers looking to prey on their good intentions.

This fact has recently been underlined with the conviction and sentencing of five men for their operation of a multi-million pound fraudulent eco-investment scheme; a scheme which has been described by HM Revenue & Customs as one of the largest of its kind to be carried out in the UK.

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AROUND THE BRANCHES - French Economic Growth Predicted to Slow

This time we look at what the central bank of France's latest predictions may signal for the country's economy and President Macron's reactions to the latest pension protests.

Banque de France has predicted slower than expected growth of the French economy over the next 12 months as the second largest economy in the eurozone negotiates twin obstacles in the form of global uncertainty and simmering trade wars. It also comes on the back of a 5 December nationwide strike and controversy over President Emmanuel Macron's proposed pension reforms.

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