Welcome to our March Integra Bulletin!
We hope this bulletin will keep you up-to-date with topical financial matters that can directly affect you… and your money!
The Forecast Ahead
It seems that job of Economic forecasting is increasingly becoming somewhat of a poisoned chalice. When an institution as old highly regarded as The Bank of England gets its doom laden Brexit forecast so wrong it does beg the question of why we should believe any forecasts, good or bad, when they come from people professing the ability to predict the future.
The only certainty is that change will be a constant in our lives.
Some time ago in our Newsletter we presented a time lapse video of how much Europe has changed over the last 1000 years and we thought it might be helpful to present it again here.
A 1000 Years of European Borders! - click to see this YouTube video
Seismic shifts in world politics with Brexit closer to home and Donald Trump in the US makes it difficult to present any credible forecast for the year ahead.
In spite of this we remain positive in economic terms and although acknowledging the now inevitable volatility in World markets we are optimistic about 2017.
We are currently reviewing our investment strategy for your portfolios to ensure they continue to meet the ongoing economic circumstances prevailing around the World.
This month will hopefully have Prime Minister May presenting her Brexit plans. President Trump is moving forward with his expansionary Economic policy in the United States even if his Foreign Policy and his attempts to butter up President Putin in Russia is causing Western Leaders increasing anxiety.
There are many situations playing out on a daily basis in the UK, the US, continental Europe and the Far East, which might provide an indicator for changes in direction and we can only remain vigilant during our current research period.
Tax Year End!!!
The end of the Tax year is fast approaching and in addition to the increasing ISA allowance, there may be opportunities for you to increase your pension contributions, to maximise tax saving. Please let us know if you would like to discuss any issues (particularly involving income tax) as we move through the coming weeks.
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