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The record S&P 500 bull run

The US stock market set a new record for the longest-ever bull market in August. Wednesday 22 August 2019 saw the S&P 500 drop – by less than 0.1% – after 3,453 days, making it the longest-ever bull run (a period of rising share prices) for the index, which is used by professional investors’ as [...]

By | 2018-09-10T16:57:00+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Student loan interest rates increase

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 results for the year. From 1 September, the main interest rates for Plan 2 loans, taken out by students and recent graduates in [...]

By | 2018-09-10T17:03:20+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Interest rates creeping up after nine years

The Bank of England increased the base interest rate in August to 0.75% – the second increase in 12 months. The Bank’s decision to raise the rate to its highest level in nearly nine and a half years was no great surprise to the investment community. Of more interest to the experts were the comments [...]

By | 2018-09-10T16:51:16+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Record inheritance tax revenues ahead of simplification review

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 Exchequer in 2017/18, an increase of two thirds over just five years. As the graph shows, IHT revenue has been rising rapidly since Treasury receipts hit a [...]

By | 2018-09-10T16:48:23+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Is the LISA’s short life about to end?

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, “its complexity, its perverse incentives, its lack of complementarity with the pension saving landscape and its apparent lack of popularity with the industry and [...]

By | 2018-08-16T11:49:10+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

OBR forecasts present need for tax increases in the Budget

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 Budget and Spring Statement, but that is not its only task. It is also required to take a longer-term view of the public finances, producing a Fiscal Sustainability Report every two years. [...]

By | 2018-08-16T11:48:32+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Residential letting to get more difficult

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 confirmed the following measures: From 6 April 2019, the rules for rent-a-room relief (which exempts up to £7,500 a year of income from tax) will be revised. [...]

By | 2018-08-16T11:44:20+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments

2018 proves volatile after the smooth sailing of 2017

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 stability of 2017.  Once the dust had settled there was a mixture of good and bad news. The UK markets were inevitably led by [...]

By | 2018-08-16T11:43:42+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Uncategorised|0 Comments