Scammers, probate fees & Aberdeen Standard?

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Martin Bamford – Young Girl Facing Wall Street’s Famous Charging Bull
One of the most iconic symbols in the world of investing is the charging bull on Wall Street. Originally guerilla art, installed in 1989 by Arturo Di Modica, the popularity of the 3,200 kg bronze sculpture led to it being a permanent feature.Now… Read more

Shelley McCarthy – How low will the scammers go?!
I received an email the other day from a client, asking for my opinion about an investment opportunity she had read online.She had come across an article about a new investment strategy, apparently from Bill Gates.It purported to ‘equalise the… Read more

Shelley McCarthy – Are you ready for £20,000 probate fees?
Probate fees are due to rise sharply at the start of May.For the highest value estates, it will cost £20,000 for a family to execute the wishes of the deceased’s will.This is a huge increase compared to the current flat fees; £155 or £215… Read more

Martin Bamford – Choosing your own path
On Saturday evening, as part of the Informed Choice sponsored Cranleigh Literary Festival, I attended a talk about WWII heroine Violette Szabo.Her daughter Tania spoke for more than an hour about the life of her mother Violette, who was the… Read more

Martin Bamford – Aberdeen Standard or Standard Aberdeen?
News broke over the weekend of a proposed merger between Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management plc.If shareholders and the regulator approve this merger, it will create the largest asset manager in the UK, responsible for funds worth… Read more

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