Budget Summary - 2018 - 1st November 2018

We have teamed up with our colleagues in Accounting and Tax to put together this brief summary of the Chancellor’s Budget. Please click here to read. ...
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2018: The story so far - 1st November 2018

The third quarter of 2018 showed mixed results for global stock markets. In the US, shares have continued to power ahead, despite another rise in interest rates in late September and Mr Tr...
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More people working past 65 - 1st November 2018

Do you fancy working once you have reached age 65? The trend of rising employment levels is not limited to working-age people, according to the latest employment statistics from the...
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A different view on tax reform - 1st November 2018

A leading think tank has proposed a radical shake up of the UK tax system. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is a centre-left think tank that has a long history of influencing L...
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Class 2 NICs here to stay - 1st November 2018

The Chancellor has changed his mind – again – on National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for the self-employed. The Treasury has revealed that Class 2 NICs will remain for at least the rest o...
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Losing interest in cash ISAs - 1st November 2018

The popularity of cash ISAs is continuing to wane, according to new statistics from HMRC. With inflation persistently above interest rates, it’s not hard to imagine why. The bank of England rec...
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The record S&P 500 bull run - 28th September 2018

The US stock market set a new record for the longest-ever bull market in August.       S&P 500 Index Performance Wednesday 22 August 2019 saw the S&P 500 drop – b...
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Student loan interest rates increase - 28th September 2018

The rates charged on student loans rose at the start of September.  The revised terms for interest on, and repayment of, student loans were published in August, along with the A level ...
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Slowing down our old age - 28th September 2018

A paper published in August by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) casts new light on life expectancies in the UK.       Life expectancy has been increasing in the UK for a l...
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Interest rates creeping up after nine years - 28th September 2018

The Bank of England increased the base interest rate in August to 0.75% – the second increase in 12 months.       Source: Bank of England August 2018  The Bank’s decisio...
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Record inheritance tax revenues ahead of simplification review - 28th September 2018

2017/18 produced record inheritance tax (IHT) receipts according to HMRC data published in July.  The latest release of the annual statistics revealed IHT produced £5.228 billion for the...
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Is the LISA’s short life about to end? - 31st August 2018

The Lifetime ISA (LISA) may not survive after low uptake by providers and fresh criticisms from parliament. The LISA has been reviewed by the Treasury Select Committee, which was critical of, "i...
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OBR forecasts present need for tax increases in the Budget - 31st August 2018

The long-term outlook for government finances suggests tax increases are inevitable.   The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) produces medium-term financial forecasts alongside the Budg...
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Residential letting to get more difficult - 31st August 2018

Draft legislation released in July contains more bad news for those renting out residential property. The Finance Bill 2018/19 draft legislation published just before the summer holidays has con...
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2018 proves volatile after the smooth sailing of 2017 - 31st August 2018

The first six months of 2018 were unpredictable times for investors as global stock markets suffered a sudden bout of volatility. The unpredictability came as a major surprise after the general st...
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