Tag: ISAs

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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ISA’s: now much NISA!

Posted on May 29, 2014 No Comments

Virtually all the headlines surrounding George Osborne’s recent Budget were about the changes to the pensions rules. Rightly described as the biggest changes to pensions legislation for a hundred years, they will have far-reaching implications for the financial planning of many of our clients. With all the attention devoted to pensions, it was easy to […]

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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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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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