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The Year of the Election

This year will be the single largest election year in history. Across six continents more than 2.5 billion people will be able to put pen to ballot paper and vote for the future of their country’s policy. It’s a chance for 30% of the world’s population to share their views…

Alex Chappell

16th February, 2024

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Will 2024 ‘Trump’ 2023?

As regular readers will know, last year was hard fought. A weighted average of our portfolio returns (after costs) produced circa 8% in the calendar year, that was achieved despite 8 of the 12 calendar months yielding negative numbers. In fact, it took until December to get ahead of our…

Ashley Brooks

19th January, 2024

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2023 Round Up

A lot happens in a twelve-month period. We live in a world full of subjective opinion, and often sensationalism, resulting in a greater risk of thinking short term and reacting in the moment. We’ve all heard the saying ‘patience is a virtue’ and it’s been absolutely required this year with…

Ashley Brooks

21st December, 2023

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Everything you need to know about the 2023 Autumn Statement

On Wednesday chancellor Jeremy Hunt delivered the Autumn Statement, setting the scene by saying the UK economy had performed better than previously expected, giving them room to cut taxes and raise benefits in search of delivering growth. Ahead of his speech, Hunt faced pressure to reduce the tax burden on…

DB Wood Team

24th November, 2023

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Keeping things safe in the digital era

This week’s blog focuses on how we protect our clients against fraud and cyber crime in particular! Our insurance team often quote the statistics that sit behind this increasing problem, and worryingly, 46% of UK businesses have experienced a cyber attack in the last 12 months, a 400% increase in…

DB Wood Team

17th November, 2023

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Do The Right Thing – Our Charities Update

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is that we are in the business of helping people. We do so by trying to make the financial lives of our clients work as effectively as possible so they can then spend time enjoying the things that are important to…

DB Wood Team

22nd September, 2023

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How much is enough?

I had a couple of weeks away on vacation recently. It’s a time to reflect and to regain some perspective on life in general, as well as to get some sunshine, which has been in short supply in the UK through July and August. Sometimes when you are further away…

Ashley Brooks

18th August, 2023

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UK Property Market – Stats that make you think…

Our research team frequently come out with fascinating statistical insights. Before we get into some detail about the current state of play in the UK’s property market, I thought I’d share an amazing stat from Chubb (a high-net-worth insurer) who noted that 50% of their motor thefts (where the vehicle…

Alex Chappell

21st July, 2023

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A life well lived…

We can only plan for a life well lived, at least that ought to be the desired outcome. As we all know, the path of life will include successes, failures, mistakes, reflection, growth, challenges, and opportunity. None of us are immune. The perspective applied to our past experience’s doubtless shapes…

Ashley Brooks

30th June, 2023

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A Unique 5 Year Period draws to an end….

The word “unprecedented” is banded around way too often in the investment industry. Markets are dynamic and ever-changing, so most market cycles feel different in one way or another. That said, the most recent 5-year period really has been one of the toughest on record for investment assets.  It will…

Ashley Brooks

16th June, 2023

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