Blogs



Stuart Clark: The tax system is not unfair; it’s just a matter of swings and roundabouts

Stuart Clark, managing director at Russell & Russell Business Advisers, based in Glasgow, discusses the complexities of the UK tax system.

Published 15 March 2021

Alan Gordon: A second shot in the arm will help get the Scottish property market back on its feet

Alan Gordon, senior partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses how the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will help boost the Scottish property market.

Published 12 March 2021

Kirsty Fong: Why now is the time to invest in India

Kristy Fong, investment director of Aberdeen New India Investment Trust, the £360 million investment trust managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses the investment potential of the Indian economy.

Published 12 March 2021

Michael Reid: IR35 - What next for the personal service company?

Michael Reid, managing partner Meston Reid & Co, discusses the next steps a personal services company (PSC) can take in relation to the introduction of the IR35 rule.

Published 11 March 2021

Rodney White: Build back infrastructure

Rodney White suggests that Westminster and Holyrood should "step up to the plate" and fund infrastructure specifically for housebuilding projects.

Published 5 March 2021

Daniel McIntosh: Investment and supermarket shopping – a one-size-fits-all policy?

The practice of diversifying investment portfolios is almost as old as investing itself.  Not placing all of your financial eggs in one basket is diversification in a nutshell. It makes perfect, logical sense: spreading your money over numerous equities or securities, spreads the risk. If certain investments do not perform well, only a percentage of your money (as opposed to all of it) is invested in the poorly performing investment.

Published 4 March 2021

Neil Francis: Scotland’s values to be highlighted through international trade and investment

Neil Francis, interim managing director of Scottish Enterprise, explains how Scotland’s commitment to inclusivity and net-zero can be shared via our trading relationships.

Published 3 March 2021

Andy Todd: Connecting with peers to solve problems and shape business growth

Andy Todd, business coach and facilitator of the new Edinburgh group of The Alternative Board (TAB), discusses the benefits of communication between businesses.

Published 2 March 2021

Jason Cozens: Why central banks will attempt to crush alternative global currencies

Jason Cozens, founder & CEO of fintech Glint, discusses the role banks will play in the future of alternative global currencies. 

Published 26 February 2021

Roger Mayor: Key trends driving spring optimism in Scottish M&A market

Roger Mayor, director, Advisory Corporate Finance at Deloitte, discusses the key trends driving spring optimism within the Scottish M&A market.

Published 23 February 2021

Stuart MacPherson: VAT changes in the construction industry

Stuart MacPherson, senior business services manager at Aberdeen-based chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co, gives advice on VAT changes in the construction industry.

Published 23 February 2021

Harry Nimmo: Why active investing outperforms passive

Harry Nimmo, investment leader, smaller companies at Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses why active investing outperforms passive.

Published 19 February 2021

Chern-Yeh Kwok: The real value in Japanese markets

Chern-Yeh Kwok, manager of the Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust, which is run by Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI), discusses the real value in Japanese markets, but how it is often overlooked by investors.

Published 17 February 2021

Rachel Henry: Words and their meaning in insurance contracts

Rachel Henry considers the importance of words and their meaning in insurance contracts.

Published 16 February 2021

Iain Young: Looking ahead to a year of (tax) change

Iain Young considers the year ahead in tax.

Published 12 February 2021