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Grampian News Articles

Emma Plumpton and Lauren Petrie are regular commentators for the Knock News Magazine
Below are some of their featured articles.

EU Referendum
After weeks of campaigning from both the remain and leave sides it was finally announced on 24th June that the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union (EU).
Company Update: Iomart Group Plc
Alternative Investment Market (AIM)-traded stock, Iomart Group, is headquartered in Glasgow and provides cloud computing and managed hosting services.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published August 2016
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Budget 2016
Chancellor George Osborne unveiled a raft of new measures for savers and investors in March as he delivered “A Budget for the next generation”.
Company Update: CYBG Plc
CYBG Plc, compromising the Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank brands, floated on the stock market in February when it demerged from National Australia Bank (NAB).
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published April 2016
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Employees with Benefits
Employee share schemes allow companies to reward and motivate staff. Rewards can come in the form of free or discounted shares.
Company Update: Devro Plc
Devro, headquartered in Glasgow, is a collagen products manufacturer for the food industry. It makes high-quality collagen skins that encase all types of sausages, salamis, bratwursts and other similar products.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published February 2016
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Boiler Room Scams
Boiler room scams have soared in recent years, as investors have been searching for higher returns on their savings in the current low interest rate environment.
Company Update: SSE Plc
Energy company, SSE, is one of the UK’s largest gas and electricity businesses. It was formed in 1998 following a merger between Scottish Hydro Electric and Southern Electric.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published January 2016
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There May Be Trouble Ahead
At the end of last year, Redmayne-Bentley’s stockbrokers and investment managers put forward their predictions for 2015. Volatility was picked out as a key theme for the year and this has certainly been the case across stock markets worldwide.
Company Update: Weir Group
The Weir Group is an engineering business focused on the mining, oil and gas and power markets.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published December 2015
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New Dividend Tax Regime
Chancellor George Osborne, delivered a summer Budget in July which included several changes to our tax system. One of the biggest changes to be implemented is the tax treatment of dividends.
Company Update: Wood Group (John) Plc
Leading international energy services company, John Wood Group Plc, has grown from a small family shipping company in Aberdeen into a global force in the energy industry.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published October 2015
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Collective Investment Schemes
Collective Investment Schemes provide investors with exposure to equity, and other markets, by allowing them to combine their own money with that of other investors in a professionally-managed portfolio.
Company Update: Diageo
Global drinks giant Diageo is the world’s largest spirits producer.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published August 2015
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Overseas Markets
Investing overseas adds diversification to an investment portfolio; as although we live in an interconnected and globalised world, different markets act in different ways and do not always follow each other.
Company Update: EnQuest Plc
Oil and gas development and production company, EnQuest, is one of the largest UK independent producers in the North Sea.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published June 2015
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The London Stock Exchange
Organised stock trading in the United Kingdom dates back to 1698 and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) was formally established in 1801.
Company Update: Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was chartered in Edinburgh in 1727. It grew after successfully issuing its own banknotes and forging relationships with Scottish provincial banks.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published April 2015
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Saving for the Future
Both Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) and pensions can be used for effective retirement planning.
Company Update: AG Barr
Barr’s soft drinks business was established in Falkirk in 1875 by Robert Barr.
By Lauren Petrie ACSI, Portfolio Managers’ Assistant Published February 2015
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