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The 2018 investment year - 30th January 2019

The world’s share markets mostly saw falls in 2018. 2018 was a very different year for investors from 2017. During that year, the share markets generally produced positive returns with very li...
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Filling the pensions hole for the self-employed - 30th January 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is aiming to expand pension coverage among the self-employed.  Pension automatic enrolment has become a major success since it was launched n...
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Understanding the Child Benefit Charge - 30th January 2019

7 January marked the fifth anniversary of the tax on child benefits, an imposition that is still not widely understood.    The High Income Child Benefit Charge (HICBC), to give child ...
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Shake up your New Year’s resolutions - 30th January 2019

The time to resolve has returned.   Have your New Year resolutions fallen by the wayside yet? You know, the ones about eating better, drinking less and exercising more. The problem is ...
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New earnings thresholds for auto-enrolment. - 30th January 2019

In early December the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced the thresholds that should apply to automatic enrolment pension contributions from 6 April 2019. We say ‘should’ because...
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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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