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INTESTACY RULE CHANGE FAVOURS SPOUSES

The intestacy rules for England and Wales have been amended. The intestacy rules automatically apply to the distribution of estates where there is no will. There are three different sets of rules in the UK: one for England and Wales, a similar set for Northern Ireland and a much more different set for Scotland. The [...]

By | 2020-02-05T15:36:46+00:00 February 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

LOOK BACK IN CURIOSITY@: WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE 2010s?

What do you remember about the 2010s? A decade is a long time and a lot happens, but important details can be lost in the big headline moments. The one that has just ended makes the point. The 2010s started with Gordon Brown as prime minister and, four elections and two referendums later, closed with [...]

By | 2020-02-05T15:35:36+00:00 February 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

LAST CALL FOR 2016/17 ON YOUR ANNUAL ALLOWANCE…

The clock is ticking on using up your pension annual allowance The allowance effectively sets the maximum pension contributions from all sources (including your employer) on which you may be able to claim income tax relief. In recent times it has been the subject of much controversy because of the way the allowance is tapered [...]

By | 2020-02-05T15:28:52+00:00 February 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

A BUDGET DAY… AT LAST

In early January Chancellor announced a new Budget date: 11 March 2020. This could be a significant Budget. Traditionally, the first Budget of a new Parliament is when the Chancellor delivers the medicine of tax increases and/or unpopular reforms. To borrow from Macbeth: ‘If it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were [...]

By | 2020-02-05T15:27:41+00:00 February 5th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

THE 2019 INVESTMENT YEAR

The world’s share markets enjoyed strong rises in 2019. 2019 was a very different year for investors from 2018. Whereas 2018 saw a pattern of losses across all major markets, 2019 was the exact opposite: the red numbers that marked a year of negative performance in 2018 were replaced by black. A good global example [...]

By | 2020-01-10T11:47:33+00:00 January 10th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

VENTURE CAPITAL TRUSTS CONTINUE TO ATTRACT INVESTRORS

The latest statistics from HMRC show the inflows to venture capital trusts (VCTs) have more than doubled since 2009/10. At the end of last year, HMRC published details of how much money was raised by VCTs in 2018/19. At £716m, the figure was the highest since 2005/06, when a temporarily higher rate of tax relief [...]

By | 2020-01-10T11:40:59+00:00 January 10th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

NEW GOVERNMENT, NEW TAX TARGETS?

How will the new government affect your financial planning?    December’s general election delivered a Conservative government with the sort of majority which consigns the knife-edge parliamentary battles of recent years to the past. So what will the new government do, apart from “get Brexit done”? A look at the Conservative manifesto, easily the shortest [...]

By | 2020-01-10T11:37:45+00:00 January 10th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

LIFE EXPECTANCY SHORTENS … OR DOES IT?

New calculations from the Office for National Statistics have lowered life expectancies. Every two years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) recalculates its national population projections (NPP). As part of the exercise, the ONS reviews and updates its assumptions about future mortality, which in turn will have an impact on population size. The latest figures, [...]

By | 2020-01-10T11:36:11+00:00 January 10th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments