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British Consumers Regaining Confidence Following Brexit

British consumers are regaining confidence now that the shock of the Brexit vote has not only fully set in, but also worn off. In the immediate aftermath of the vote, dropping markets, the revelation that some politicians were exaggerating the benefits of leaving the European Union, along with various other factors, quickly doused consumer confidence. [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Governments, International|0 Comments

Moody’s Credit Agency: UK to Avoid Recession

Moody's is taking a rather optimistic stance on the United Kingdom's economy, arguing that the United Kingdom's economy will indeed suffer a slow down, but should be able to avoid a recession. Meanwhile, economic growth elsewhere should start to stabilize as the worst of the Brexit shock appears to be passing. Among other things, stock [...]

By | August 26th, 2016|business topics, Governments, International|0 Comments

The US Dollar Dropped Vs. Euro: Here’s Why

The US Dollar took a bit of a hit against the Euro last week after the Federal Reserve released its minutes. In fact, the US Dollar closed in on eight week lows, reaching near its lowest point since the Brexit exit, which roiled Europe. So what in the Fed's minutes had forex traders and others [...]

By | August 24th, 2016|business topics, Governments|0 Comments

“The Donald” Refuses To Release Tax Returns: What Is He Hiding?

Hillary Clinton made a bold move recently by releasing her tax returns, continuing the long precedence in the United States of presidential candidates releasing their tax information. Interestingly, billionaire Donald Trump may end up being the first serious Presidential candidate since the 1970's to not release his (or her) returns. So far, Trump has refused [...]

By | August 22nd, 2016|Offshore Banking|0 Comments

Labor Market First Week August US

Last week, the United States labor department released its JOLTS report, and the news was by and large great. Job openings rose 111,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.6 million. Meanwhile, layoffs in June fell to 1.6 million, down from 1.7 million a month prior, marking the lowest reading since September of 2014. Right now, the [...]

By | August 19th, 2016|business topics, Financial, Governments|0 Comments

BoE Cuts Rates, But Investors Need To Consider Diversification

To the surprise of no one, the Bank of England is moving forward with a rate cut, the first since 2009. With the United Kingdom's economy on the decline following the Brexit vote, most investors and analysts had been expecting the government to cut interest rates. In line with market expectations, the main lending rate [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|business topics, Financial, Governments, tax planning|0 Comments

Let’s Hope Trump Makes A Better President Than Business Man

If Donald Trump should win the presidency, we'll all have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that he does a better job managing the United States than he has done managing his businesses. While Trump loves to brag about his alleged business prowess, his actual track record is far from stellar. Before we get [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|business topics, Governments|0 Comments

Stress Tests Bring EU Banks Back Into the Spotlight

European stock markets were rattled last week after the European Banking Authority watchdog released its stress tests, which showed that many banks are in a precarious position. Banks in Italy and Germany performed especially poorly, with Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) holding the title for worst performing bank. The Bank of England is [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|business topics, Financial|0 Comments

Does Donald Trump Want to Use Nukes?

Donald Trump is making waves, again. Reports recently emerged claiming that Trump asked a U.S. foreign policy advisor why the United States couldn't just go ahead and use nuclear weapons. The source remains confidential, but the news was reported by MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, a respected news reporter in the United States. Apparently, the confidential foreign [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|business topics, Governments|0 Comments

Labour Party Leader Calling For UK Tax Increase

Six weeks after the Brexit vote we see plans for a UK tax increase. Owen Smith, who is seeking leadership of the Labour Party, is now pushing for a wealth tax that would hit the United Kingdom's top 1%. Smith, who is seeking to wrest control of the Labour Leadership from Jeremy Corbyn, has claimed [...]

By | August 8th, 2016|tax planning, Taxes|0 Comments