Tag: ISAs

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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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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VCTs and EIS compared

Posted on February 13, 2014 No Comments

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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10 Savings Tips for 2014

Posted on January 6, 2014 No Comments

When 2013 started there were real fears that the UK could slip back into recession. As the year ends the outlook is much more optimistic, with the Chancellor confirming increased expectations for growth in his recent Autumn Statement. In America the Federal Reserve has just released an encouraging assessment of the US economy, and there […]

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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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Research reveals the luxuries the UK wouldn’t give up to boost personal finances

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The recent Aviva commissioned study into the state of our monthly finances, published in November 2013, evidenced that many of us may have month-on-month overspend and debt problems. The findings also reveal that 20% of us don’t, or wouldn’t, change our lifestyle to reflect our financial situation, with the internet named as the thing that […]

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December Market Commentary

Posted on December 3, 2013 No Comments

The Guardian’s bid for Financial Headline of the Year brought down the curtain on ‘Black Friday’ and heralded ‘Cyber Monday.’ Black Friday is the Friday before the Thanksgiving weekend in the US: it is supposed to be the day on which stores move into profit for the year as eager shoppers – seduced by special […]

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Just why did Neil Woodford make headlines and why should you ‘know the name’?

Posted on November 26, 2013 No Comments

Back in October, clients may have noticed several articles in the mainstream press discussing Neil Woodford’s imminent departure from his position at Invesco Perpetual. Neil is a well known figure in the financial services industry, but just why did his decision to change jobs make national news? Feeling much better after starting to take two […]

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