Venture capital schemes: changes afoot? - 27th October 2017

A consultation paper issued in August could mean changes to venture capital schemes.  At the start of the holiday season the Treasury issued an open consultation paper enti...
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Markets rise against the grain in Q3 - 27th October 2017

The third quarter of 2017 has ended and despite the heavy political news, investment returns were generally positive.   Think about the third quarter of this year – July to September...
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Gearing up for the Autumn Budget - 27th October 2017

The Chancellor has announced the date of his first Autumn Budget as Wednesday 22 November.  The second Budget of 2017 will be both Mr Hammond’s first Autumn Budget and the first Budg...
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Markets look to an early interest rate rise - 27th October 2017

The Bank of England has signalled that interest rates may rise soon. Early in September, the money markets were expecting the first Bank of England interest rate rise to occur in late 2018, a...
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Cash ISAs losing favour - 27th October 2017

New statistics from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) show that cash withdrawals from individual savings accounts (ISAs) are probably more than matching fresh contributions. In the world of IS...
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Self-employed struggle to save - 29th September 2017

Self-employment is the dream of many, especially as the goal of retirement seems to creep further out of reach. Being your own boss sounds great. But there are drawbacks. Around two million of the c...
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A Junior ISA with a minor interest rate - 29th September 2017

National Savings & Investments (NS&I) have launched their first Junior ISA.  The Junior ISA (JISA) was introduced in 2011 as a replacement for the Child Trust Fund. It had a slow...
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A sleeping dragon wakes on tax avoidance - 29th September 2017

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has come closer to using its weapon of last resort against tax avoidance schemes.  "Whack a mole” used to be a good summary of the battle...
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What’s your inflation yardstick? - 29th September 2017

Inflation was in the news last month in various guises.  August was a month when inflation hit the headlines several times trailing a cloud of acronyms: • The Bank of England Qu...
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When I’m 68…: state pension age rising again - 1st September 2017

The government has announced plans for a further increase in state pension age.  On the day before parliament shut up shop for its summer holidays, David Gauke, the Secretary of State fo...
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More tax transparency with offshore letters - 1st September 2017

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) wants to remind you of its interest in your offshore investments. Globalisation is not just about trade and investment flows. One of the significant changes to ...
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Dividends keep growing for 2017 - 1st September 2017

UK companies paid out a record amount in dividends in the second quarter of this year.  At a time when there is much heated debate about whether the Bank of England sh...
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Pension flexibility two years on – the report card - 1st September 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has examined the impact of pension flexibility and is worried about the lack of advice. Pension flexibility came into effect in April 2015. In theory, ...
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Finance Acts 2017: the sequel? - 1st September 2017

The long-running saga of the final Spring Budget and subsequent Finance Bills is one step nearer the end.   The Chancellor’s Spring Budget was thrown into disarray by the snap election. I...
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Investment round up – 2017 half-year report - 7th July 2017

The first six months of 2017 have presented investors with an interesting half year. Think about the first six months of 2017 in the UK. There were several serious terrorist attacks, Article 50...
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