May Market Commentary

It’s difficult to know where to begin this month. In France? Where Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate successfully defeated the far right’s Marine le Pen to become the youngest ever French president, at just 39. In the UK? Where, having declared several times that she saw no need for a General Election, Theresa May summoned everyone to the polls on 8th June. Or in North Korea? Where the simmering tensions between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump threaten peace and stability in the region. Politically, the world was a volatile place in April – but the world’s major stock markets reacted with studied indifference. The French index was the biggest gainer, up 3% in the expectation of a victory

Is buy-to-let no longer such a good deal?

It wasn’t all that long ago that investment in buy-to-let property was seen as a straightforward way to generate an income for yourself. However, recent changes made by the government mean that turning a profit through buy-to-let in today’s property market is set to become much more difficult. Each case is individual, and the profitability of a property isn’t as simple as looking at the price of the property and the amount of rent it generates each month, but for many, buy-to-let will soon no longer be the attractive investment opportunity it once was. So what has changed? From the start of April 2017, the amount of tax relief that can be claimed by a landlord on the interest on their buy-to

Should we be paid to exercise at work?

Following the findings of the British Heart Foundation that over 20 million UK people are classed as physically inactive, the discussion of just how to tackle this growing problem has emerged once again. One suggestion is that it’s now time for employers to make physical exercise part of the paid working day. Many tech companies, such as Google and Hootsuite, have been major proponents of exercising during the working day, with those in charge adamant that they would not be enjoying the success they now have if they hadn’t encouraged their employees to stay healthy. Hootsuite CEO, Ryan Holmes, has always given his workforce the freedom to schedule in an hour every day for exercise, with the

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