TMI's Investment Commentary for February 2019 is now available to download.

Simon Nicol explains why taxpayers who have taken cash out of a pension may have severely limited their scope for further pension contributions, and could be in danger of significant tax charges.

TMI's Investment Quarterly for January 2019 is now available to download.

TMI's Investment Commentary for December 2018 is now available to download.

Tom Lloyd-Read, Head of Advice, calls for a much-needed pensions reform.

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View From The Front

Considering the theme for economic data has been one of recurring disappointment, plenty of our attention will be on the first look at February PMIs for Europe and the US, providing the latest insight into the health of their manufacturing and service sectors. The Eurozone is of particular concern with their Composite PMI falling nearer to contractionary territory (i.e. below 50).

Out with the old, in with the new…Chinese year. Although it may feel a little bit like groundhog day as US-China trade negotiations resume this week with senior officials from the US travelling to China in order to find some sort of compromise. News reports suggest that it is unlikely US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are to meet prior to March 1st when the next set of tariffs are due to be implemented following the 90-day truce set by the two leaders. In any case expect any soundbites to come out of the current set of discussions to be highly market sensitive.

In what is a relatively quiet week in terms of economic data, arguably the highlight will be the Bank of England (BoE) meeting on Thursday, updating us on their first interest rate decision of 2019.

It's an action packed week in financial markets, with investors set to be entertained by a busy corporate, economic and political calendar.

The great and the good of the business world convene in Davos this week for their annual get-together in Switzerland. The theme for this year is the very pithy title of, “Globalisation 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Some high-profile attendees have been forced to cancel given domestic political pressures on their home front. Donald Trump is contending with another week of the US government shutdown while Theresa May prepares for (another) week of high stakes in the soap opera that we call Brexit.

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