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The first quarter of 2022 has been dominated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the large scale humanitarian crisis that it has caused.

The economic impact has been felt worldwide but particularly in Europe, where they are far more reliant on Russian gas and oil. There has been increased optimism lately that a deal between Russia and Ukraine could be reached, with Russia indicating that they will dramatically scale back its military operations in Ukraine.

Inflation has also been surging, led largely by fuel and energy price increases, but also affecting raw materials and consumer goods in a significant way. Central banks felt the need to act with both the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England raising interest rates by 0.25% at their March meetings, and more rate rises are expected in the coming months.

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British chancellor, Rishi Sunak, walking along Downing Street

Against the backdrop of the continuing war in Ukraine, the chancellor has delivered his spring statement.

The war has contributed to uncertainty in the global economy, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) saying that, “given the unfolding situation in Ukraine, there is unusually high uncertainty around the outlook”.

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The 2021/22 tax year ends on Monday 5 April 2022. This is the date when many allowances reset, and it could be your last opportunity to make use of some of them.

Keeping track of how you’ve used your allowances can reduce your tax liability and help you boost your wealth. Reviewing your finances ahead of the tax year end could reduce the amount of tax you pay and improve your financial security in the future.

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Technology means screens have become an integral part of our lives. How many hours each day do you look at a screen?

According to a report from Uswitch, UK adults spend half of every day in front of a screen. From working at a computer to browsing the internet on your phone or watching TV, screens play a role in how we work, relax, and communicate. Despite this, taking regular breaks from screens is important.

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20th March 2022 marks the United Nation’s (UN) International Day of Happiness. After two years of challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, looking after your wellbeing has never been more important.

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A woman sitting on a sofa reading a book with a cup of coffee

World Book Day is often associated with book fairs and children getting dressed up as their favourite literary characters. This year, on 3rd March, World Book Day celebrates its 25th anniversary and, even as an adult, it’s a great opportunity to delve into children’s literature.

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After more than a decade of low interest rates, the Bank of England (BoE) has suggested that it will continue to gradually increase its base rate. With savers suffering from low returns, is that good news?

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While investment decisions should be based on facts, many investors find their decisions are sometimes influenced by emotions. Whether you’re excited about an investment opportunity, or worried about market volatility, keeping emotions in check can help you make better investment decisions.

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When thinking about how parents will split their assets between children, it’s often assumed wealth will be evenly distributed. However, a survey suggests that, for a variety of reasons, a significant proportion of inheritances may not be.

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2022 brought us a more volatile start to the year than we would have liked as the US Federal Reserve’s rhetoric indicated that they would not be deterred in raising interest rates, despite the ongoing Omicron variant threat.

The proportion of the global population that has some degree of immunity to COVID-19 has risen impressively quickly, though many in less developed parts of the world are yet to receive a vaccination.  The potentially most important point is that the link between infections and hospitalisations has weakened and this could be key to us seeing the beginning of an end to the pandemic.

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