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The Year of Hard Truths – A Look Ahead to the 2014 Budget

Posted on February 13, 2014 No Comments

Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will deliver the 2014 Budget on Wednesday, 19th March – little more than three months after he delivered the Autumn Statement. When Osborne delivered his Budget in March 2013, the news for the UK economy wasn’t particularly good – in fact, many commentators were worrying about the UK slipping […]

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What you need to know about the new High Income Child Benefit Charge

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Child benefits are currently paid out at a rate of £20.30 per week for the first child, and £13.40 for each subsequent child, with an increase planned for the 2014/2015 tax year to £20.50 and £13.55. These benefits are claimed by many families for all children under the age of 16 and in some cases […]

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Growing incomes disguise widening gaps and slender savings amongst UK families

Posted on January 20, 2014 No Comments

UK families are divided by a growing income gap despite their typical incomes reaching a three year high, the latest Aviva Family Finances Report revealed in December 2013. The report, which tracks the financial circumstances of different UK family types, also shows that while more families than ever have savings, an increasing number have less […]

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Will the State Pension really fund your post-retirement leisure?

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Too many people are going to rely on the state pension in retirement to provide for all their needs and wants, including their leisure activities, a Nationwide survey has found. Nearly half of the 2,400 surveyed rely on or plan to rely on the state pension for their post-retirement holidays and other leisure activities. Going […]

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Report: House ownership and number of houses continues to grow

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A recent report by the Nationwide, using latest published UK Communities & Local Government statistical reports covering the 15 year period 1996/2011, tells us that the total owner occupied housing stock has increased from 16.6 million to 17.7 million. There has been relatively little change in the composition of the stock, categorised as flats, terraced, […]

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for your Financial Planning

Posted on January 2, 2014 No Comments

The economies on both sides of the Atlantic might be showing clear signs of an upturn as we start the New Year, but that doesn’t mean we can suddenly afford to ignore our personal financial planning. So in the best traditions of New Year here are ten financial planning resolutions that will hopefully help make […]

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Study of athlete’s finances shows why financial planning is so important for the rest of us

Posted on December 12, 2013 No Comments

Whilst many of us may imagine that highly paid professional athletes have little need to worry about their future incomes, a study into the finances of professional sports people in the US has suggested otherwise. My family and I love this product. For years we have took it. Cialis daily? It can help many men […]

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Call for industry to act now to end pension liberation

Posted on November 26, 2013 No Comments

Leading insurance, savings and investment provider, Aviva, are joining several other industry voices to call for stricter rules on pension transfers to stop the spiralling number of people being persuaded by fraudsters to access their retirement savings early – at a huge financial cost. Despite increasing awareness about the tactics being employed by so called […]

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Couples ‘reluctant’ to talk about money

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Despite sharing a life together, many couples are reluctant to lay their financial cards on the table. Around 25% keep their current accounts entirely separate, 30% hold savings in separate accounts and 23% maintain separate investments, according to new research from the Prudential. Last week I have tried this medicine and would like to recommend […]

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Financial Planning and Divorce

Posted on November 1, 2013 No Comments

No-one who is going through a divorce finds the process easy: it’s long, messy and almost always painful. Even if there are no children involved, divorce is a procedure that takes its toll on both sides: the acrimony, the paperwork – and the inevitable meetings with your solicitor. It’s understandable that many people involved in […]

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