Tag: investment

7 Alternatives to using pensions to save for retirement

Posted on July 23, 2014 No Comments

Faced with a hefty 55 per cent pensions tax bill because of HM Revenue & Customs new lower lifetime pensions allowance, many middle-to-high earners with generous pension arrangements are seriously on the lookout for alternatives to pensions as savings vehicles for retirement. That is quite a few savers potentially hunting around, considering that approximately 360,000 […]

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SMEs need to take care in the complicated insurance arena

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“Small businesses are experts in their particular field but are often not experienced in buying insurance. That is why they need to be able to trust their insurance intermediary to act in their best interests. If there are conflicts of interest that are not identified or properly managed, that trust is put at risk.” (Clive […]

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New ISAs: going the distance with new pensions – or delivering the knockout punch?

Posted on July 14, 2014 1 Comment

‘Out with the old and in with the new’ regimes The Chancellor’s March 2014 Budget may well go down as one of the most radically overhauling game-changers since Lloyd George ushered in the state pension in the 1908 Pensions Act (at the time perceived as dangerously radical). It has completely levelled the playing field as […]

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July Market Commentary

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June was a good month for British and Chinese manufacturing, a disastrous month for General Motors (GM) and sadly, the England team who can now be found on the beaches of the Algarve. At least they escaped the anger directed at South Korea’s players, who were pelted with toffees on their return to Seoul! UK […]

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Save now to avoid becoming an Ebaby Boomer

Posted on May 6, 2014 No Comments

Britain’s baby boomers are turning into eBaby boomers as the rising cost of living is forcing them to sell off their possessions to maintain their lifestyle. Concerned about making ends meet, one in five of the post-war generation are selling their clothes, jewellery and electronics online to boost their incomes, according to a recent study […]

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What does ‘Compound Interest’ mean to a saver?

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Do you know whether your bank or building society pays Compound Interest on its fixed rate savings accounts and ISAs? They are likely to quote you the Annual Equivalent Rate (AER) as a percentage interest rate, but will this Simple Interest be compounded? We know that current savings interest rates are small and if the […]

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IFP’s 2014 Budget Overview

Posted on March 20, 2014 No Comments

The Chancellor delivered his 2014 Budget to Parliament yesterday and it proved to contain both big changes to ISAs and the biggest pension reforms for many years. The changes were ambitious and wide-reaching and give both savers and retirees new options to consider in their financial planning. In order to help to put the Chancellor’s […]

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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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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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