PROSPECTS

Editorial

Caution: ICE and electricity won’t mix well... Watt?!

James Ayling, CFA, Research Analyst
Adam Mallett, Illustrator

Is the internal combustion engine’s dominance on the wane?

Economic focus

You pays your money and you takes your choice

Brian Tora, Chartered Fellow, CISI, Consultant to JM Finn
Isabelle Bamberg, Illustrator

Having studied economics at school (though not terribly successfully, it has to be said), I learned early on that this is not an exact science.

Wealth Planning in focus

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Atticus Kidd, DipPFS, Paraplanner
Rebecca Sadie May, Illustrator

With a growing elderly population, putting in place an ‘attorney’ acting under a Financial and Property Affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney is becoming more prevalent.

Bond focus

The RPI recalculation risk

John Royden, Head of Research
Darren Richards, Illustration

The UK has two main measures of inflation, the Retail Price Index (“RPI”) and the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) and they produce different results, as explained by John Royden.

Equity prospects

SPIRAX-SARCO ENGINEERING

Equity prospects

SEVERN TRENT

Equity prospects

DIAGEO

Equity prospects

AMAZON

Equity prospects

In this issue:

Guest editorial

Changing Attitudes in Parenting

Childcare theories are ever-changing. It seems that every week, a new piece of news tells us that we need to change how we raise our children.

Collectives commentary

Singing a different tune

Hit songs by culturally important artists are like gold and oil; they have predictable and reliable revenues and are therefore investable. So says Merck Mercuriadis of Hipgnosis who discusses this alternative market from an investment perspective.

Stock in focus

Microsoft

More than just the creator of the Windows operating system and Excel, Microsoft sells a range of software, hardware and IT services across an array of computing devices. Customers are primarily enterprises although Microsoft does have a consumer offering in markets such as gaming and laptops/tablets.

Independent view

Estate planning: Giving and protecting family assets

Asset protection, succession and estate planning often require the use of a suitable entity for holding and managing family wealth.

The Potting Shed

The Potting Shed No.7

I’ve always been interested in engineering, so when the opportunity to set up a renewable energy company came in 2010 it felt like the right decision.

General interest

Jamie Ramsay

As an Endurance Adventurer Jamie Ramsay has covered thousands of miles. Here he tells us why he made such a drastic career choice and what drives him.