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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No summer Budget, but… - 7th July 2017

The general election left the future of many spring Budget announcements up in the air, but that situation may soon change. When Theresa May announced her snap election in April, it threw a major s...
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China becomes an emerging market as MSCI finally opens up - 7th July 2017

China-listed shares are finally to be included in the leading emerging markets index.  As we as highlighted in May, China has the world’s second largest equity market, but at pres...
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Getting our hopes up for an interest rate rise? - 7th July 2017

Last month saw the first suggestions that interest rates could increase soon.    Source: The Federal Reserve In June, the US central bank, the Federal Reserve, increased short-term inte...
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Mr Carney prepares to write a letter as inflation rises - 7th July 2017

The latest inflation numbers show prices rising at their fastest rate for nearly four years. The May inflation data came as a surprise to many pundits. The expectation had been for inflation,...
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And after the election… - 7th June 2017

There is unfinished business for the new government to deal with.   Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. However, when it comes to general elections, the...
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FTSE at 20,000 - 7th June 2017

No, it’s not a mistake, but it is not the FTSE 100, either. The most frequently quoted index of UK share prices is the FTSE 100 index, or the "Footsie” as it is frequently described. T...
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Revisiting social care in the election campaign - 7th June 2017

The general election campaign provided a reminder that the issue of funding social care remains unresolved. Who pays how much for long term care in England came to the fore last month. It is ...
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The Bank of England has a slight change of heart - 7th June 2017

The latest Quarterly Inflation Report (QIR) from the Bank of England has been published and shows that ‘the Old Lady’ has changed her mind a little. But the market projections for short-term ...
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2017 election: income tax revisited - 7th June 2017

The 2017 election manifestos offered little good news on the future of income tax.  Judging by the manifestos of the three main political parties, the days of appealing to voters by cutti...
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