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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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Why Directors and Business Owners Fail to Plan their Retirement

Posted on February 4, 2014 No Comments

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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UK Retail Industry Performance – December 2013

Posted on January 28, 2014 No Comments

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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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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