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Retired women could be owed millions in underpaid state pensions

Older women are being warned that they should check for a missing ‘marriage uplift’ that could be worth £10,000 or more, following a series of mistakes. 

Under old state pension rules, there was a promise to pay married women a basic state pension worth 60% of the full rate based on their husband’s contributions if their husband’s contributions were worth more than their own.

Women…

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The impact of climate change fears on ethical investing

As pressure mounts on governments and financial institutions to do more to combat climate change, the demand for ethical investment opportunities is on the rise. 

Triodos Bank’s annual impact investing survey has found that nearly half (45%) of investors say that they would be keen to move their money to an ethical fund as a result of news surrounding the environment. When asked, investors…

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September Markets in Brief

If we looked at this month's news from an objective standpoint, we'd except it to have been a rather bad one for the global economy. After all, this was a month where coronavirus continued its march around the world with US cases reaching a morbid 6 million. Japan, the world's third largest economy, recorded its biggest economic slump on record and US job growth stalled.

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Private Pension Age rises to 57 from 2028

The government has confirmed the minimum private pension age will increase from 55 to 57 in 2028.

It announced the increase back in 2014 but did not include provisions in legislation for it to be implemented.

Responding to the question, economic secretary to the Treasury John Glen said: “In 2014 the government announced it would increase the minimum pension age to 57 from 2028, reflecting…

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Take One Action's Film Festival

Take One Action's annual Film Festival returns from 16-27 September! Taking place ONLINE for the first time in its history, the UK’s leading global change film festival offers 12 days of the most inspiring, challenging and urgent international cinema exploring social and environmental justice.

All films are fully subtitled and accessible from anywhere in the UK. Films can be booked on a…

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Developments at Ethical Futures

Developments at Ethical Futures

Despite the easing of lockdown we are still working remotely. This has been in line with Scottish Government guidelines, in which the easing on non-essential office work only commenced on 1st August. In the past few months, we have taken a number of actions, which will both ease a return to work but also make it easier to work remotely. These include…

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Research Project – Call for volunteers

Research Project – Call for volunteers

At Ethical Futures we see it as part of our mission to help further knowledge and research about ethical and responsible investing.

Last year, we ran an internship and Eve, with your help, produced an excellent survey that was well received by many firms active in the sector. This year, we have our own ‘in-house’ student. Alan…

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Summer Statement

The Chancellors Summer Statement

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a drastic effect on the global economy, with the IMF predicting “the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.” Social distancing measures, supply chain disruption and economic uncertainty have caused British economic growth to plummet – GDP fell by a record 20.4% in April. 

The government…

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Weekly client update – 5th June 2020

Welcome to our latest client update – apologies, Friday turned out to be a busy day - so a bit delayed in delivery. It has been a turbulent week, as protests in America over the death of George Floyd spread around the world. It ended with more tension between the US and China as the US announced it would ban passenger flights from China from the middle of the month.

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Plagues & Pandemics – some things never change…

Global governments and stock markets are working on assumptions that there will be an economic recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. Models and projections of this vary but the forecasting group Oxford Economics, is predicting a strong economic recovery in the second half of this year.

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Weekly client update – 29th May 2020

Hello, and welcome once again to our weekly client update. It was a week where the UK news agenda was dominated by the row over Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s special adviser, and his lockdown trip to County Durham. Doubtless, there will be further ramifications to this story but as we’ll see below, though, there were far more important long-term issues than one man’s ‘test drive’ to Barnard Castle.

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Weekly client update – 22nd May 2020

Hello, and welcome to our latest client update, in another week which brought the usual mixture of good and bad news.

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