20 Mar 2020

The Coronavirus Contagion combined with the Saudi/Russian oil spat has certainly sent financial markets into the biggest meltdown since 2008/09 with no end seemingly in sight at the time of writing. E...

11 Mar 2020

Who would have thought that we would have the ability to coerce 35 or 40 people into an evening panel discussion on 5th March 2020 at Lewis Silkin’s offices on Chancery Lane with such an alluring titl...

10 Oct 2019

It is difficult to be sanguine about Brexit if one currently resides in the UK, not least because it seems to infect every aspect of the national conversation. Irrespective of whether one is a Leaver...

30 Oct 2018

Yesterday’s budget was not a blockbuster budget, but this was probably to be expected given the current political and economic context. Beneath the usual media headlines, there were a few points worth...

28 Oct 2018

It has recently been mentioned that Monday’s budget has been moved back two days from its original Wednesday date so as not to interfere with Halloween celebrations, and the gift that might offer to n...

15 Mar 2018

This was not even a question that was taken seriously until the election debacle of 2017.  It could be argued that Labour’s Election Manifesto was not properly costed by independent economic analysts...

23 Jan 2018

Symvan was one of eight fund managers presenting in Sandy Park, Exeter on 5th December on the joys of tax-efficient fund investing.

Upon arriving at Exeter station, I was waiting for a connecting local...

23 Nov 2017

On Monday, I discussed the UK Productivity Puzzle that has bedevilled the UK for a decade (Beyond The Usual Headlines), but did not quite expect it to be prominently featured in yesterday's media cove...

20 Nov 2017

There is something else that will be a hallmark of this week’s budget, even if it gets scant attention in the general press, and that is the treatment of venture capital in what is officially known as...

9 Oct 2017

There was an interesting FT article today entitled “Tech’s fight for the upper hand on open data”.

Rana Foroohar’s article reminds me of a waggish comment that I recently heard (‘One day money will be...

9 Mar 2017

The folks at Symvan were watching the budget yesterday with no preconceived expectations, but we were slightly surprised that the Chancellor did not continue a long-standing attack on pensions, which...