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On day two of 2019 yet another IFA has been jailed for fraud. Neil Bartlett, 53, of Delamere Road, Ainsdale, used £4.5m of his victims’ money to fund some of the usual, favoured by all fraudsters, indulgencies of foreign travel, top hotels, prostitutes, exotic cars, boats and gambling.

 
 
   
 
 
 
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What are the prospects for the global economy? With record low rates of unemployment in many major economies, will inflation take off in 2019? Read Chief Economist John Greenwood’s economic outlook for 2019. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Richard Hulbert discusses how the small self-administered schemes market has evolved.
 
 
   
 
 
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As far as pensions are concerned, the budget didn’t present as much as a small stocking filler. But just before the Easter Bunny arrives we’ll have a higher lifetime allowance limit.  
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
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The new year has started with a blunt reminder of probably everything that investors wanted to forget over the holiday season: economic data is worsening while the oil price continues to fall, dragging down equities and the most equity-like fixed income asset classes. Traditional safe-havens continue to rally, as they did in 2018.
 
 
   
 
 
 
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Talking to companies on the frontiers of science and manufacturing not yet on the radar of many investors is essential to a long-term investment view, says Kirsty Gibson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has replaced Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s ruling CDU party, and may soon take her place as chancellor. What does this mean for Germany – and Europe?

 
 
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Concerns about a worldwide slowdown in growth have made for a rotten time in markets over the past six weeks or so.

During the festive period, low volumes exacerbated some lurching moves up and down as some poor economic data and patchy company reporting really got to investors. Talk of an American recession in 2019 rose to a fever pitch and sent markets tumbling.
 
 
 
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