Tag: financial planning

Hints & Tips for the Tax Year End

Posted on February 21, 2014 No Comments

As always, the end of the tax year is an important date in anyone’s financial planning calendar. In most cases, tax allowances end with the tax year: making the best use of them while they are available can mean a big difference to the eventual returns from your savings and investments. We have therefore put […]

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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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VCTs and EIS compared

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Both are high risk investments – but both have the potential of high reward… Let’s start with some facts. A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is an investment vehicle quoted on the stock market, like an investment trust. The VCT scheme is designed to encourage investment in smaller, normally higher risk companies, often including start-up companies. […]

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February Market Commentary

Posted on February 4, 2014 No Comments

Introduction Well, not a good start to the year. In order to bring you this bulletin we record the month-end figures of eleven of the world’s leading stock markets. They were all down in January: Germany and France were the ‘best’ performers with falls of only 3% whilst Brazil and Japan recorded falls of 8%. […]

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Why Directors and Business Owners Fail to Plan their Retirement

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Company directors and owners of SMEs make plans and do forecasts all the time. Cash flow forecasts, SWOT analyses, plans for renewals and refurbishment; there’s hardly a day when they’re not eyeball to eyeball with a spreadsheet. So why do so many of them fail to plan their own retirements? With studies suggesting that only […]

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UK Inflation Down!

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The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) grew by 2.0% in the year to December 2013, down from 2.1% in November. The December Office of National Statistics (ONS) CPI figure is at the Government’s target of 2.0%. This is the first time that the CPI has been at or below the target since November 2009, when the […]

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Inflation Rates: What’s Pushing our Prices Up or Down?

Posted on January 28, 2014 No Comments

The ONS (Office of National Statistics) revealed recently that the UK inflation rate had dropped to 2% in December 2013, but what actually contributes to influencing our inflation rate, moving the prices of the goods we use up or down? Over the last five years, the three main contributors to the 12-month inflation rate were […]

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UK Retail Industry Performance – December 2013

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Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) give year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought within the retail industry and show strong growth in December 2013, an increase of 5.3% compared with December 2012. Comparing the 12 months of 2013 with the 12 months of 2012 the quantity bought in 2013 increased by 1.6% […]

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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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