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IFA News, features and updates | IFA 79 | June 2019

  • By Rachel Bray

Oh dear, dear. I have to confess right here to being old enough to remember those words of Joe Strummer and Mick Jones back in the eighties. Maybe they echo some of the thoughts which have been going on in Mrs May’s head of late although she doesn’t quite strike me as being a fan of The Clash.

Whilst the latest news tells us that Theresa May will step down on Friday 7 June, we’ve then got the subsequent leadership election getting underway from 10th June. And with all the shenanigans that it will involve. Those hoping to see some light at the end of the Brexit tunnel are still very unsure what her departure might actually mean in terms of getting Brexit decisions made. Or not made. Whether you think that her departure as PM is a good thing or not, the whole thing throws yet more short-term uncertainty into an already very uncertain situation. At the time of writing, at the end of May, (oh the irony) the latest inflection point around a possible fourth attempt at getting the Withdrawal Agreement though the house of commons was all too much. It looks though we are about to enter the next phase of the Brexit saga with as much clarity as a very muddy pond.

It’s in this light that Mike Wilson has taken the brave step of trying to lay out what exactly all the different Brexit options might mean in this month’s Ed’s Rant snappily entitled A Very British Affair (spoiler alert – there are no mentions of Jeremy Thorpe). Mike doesn’t pretend to know any of the answers but in laying out what all the concepts mean we hope you’ll find it of some interest as he looks into how the financial service sector might be impacted by different Brexit outcomes.

Sustainable investing – part two talking of interest, we’ve had plenty of it from readers following last month’s special feature on sustainable investing. We have part two for you this month, with more expert opinion and insight to help you tackle this increasingly important investment sector which is rapidly becoming a mainstream part of the investment landscape.

The business of financial planning One of the most popular topics amongst IFA Magazine readers is business development. We’ve got plenty to get you thinking on this theme again this month. As well as the usual gems from regular monthly columnist Brett Davidson, we’re grateful to Tracey Underwood, Jon Pittham and Mike Barrett for sharing their ideas with us.

And finally…
There is plenty more from the likes of Brian Tora, Tony Catt, Iain Cunningham and others. Our thanks go to all our contributors for sharing their insight with us. We hope you find it of interest.

Sue Whitbread
Editor
IFA Magazine

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