When a tax return isn’t really a tax return

A recent report from the tax tribunal has revealed that every year some 350,000 returns are submitted by individuals on a purely voluntary basis – largely by PAYE taxpayers who want to obtain a tax refund. However a recent tribunal decision has deci


Anglo-Saxon Chronicle - St. James’s Place

Figures released last week show a major contraction in the value of goods crossing international borders in 2015. As ever, investors held out little hope that such issues would be meaningfully addressed, even though there had been talk of potential coordi


Coutts. Investing doesn't follow a pre-set course

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has received some negative press for seeming to back down from previous suggestions that UK rates were more likely to go up than down. But his rebuttal that monetary policy is not on a pre-set course echoes our approac


The Chinese Chronicle Of Crash Foretold

Economists have long pondered the so-called skyscraper curse, the uncanny correlation between construction of the world’s tallest building and an accompanying financial crash.