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COMPANY CARS – ROLLING DOWNHILL?

New HMRC data show the popularity of this traditional perk could be waning. There was a time when the company car was the fringe benefit that every employee wanted. You had ‘made it’ once you had the keys to a car with no worries about servicing, insuring or, sometimes, even fuel costs. It could also [...]

By | 2020-11-09T15:19:26+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

CHINA: EVER LARGER, EVER CHANGING

The Chinese stock market broke the $10 trillion barrier in October. The total value of China’s stock markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen surpassed $10 trillion in October. For comparison, the UK market was worth about $4 trillion at the end of September 2020. However, this was not the first time that Chinese markets had reached [...]

By | 2020-11-09T15:18:01+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

CAN YOU AFFORD TO RETIRE IF YOU’RE SELF-EMPLOYED?

New research shows the majority of the self-employed are not saving for retirement. Here’s a quick quiz: Are you self-employed? If so, have you contributed to a private pension in the last year? The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) examined the answers to these two questions and found the probability of answering yes to both [...]

By | 2020-11-09T15:16:17+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

SOME LIGHT IN THE DIVIDEND TUNNEL

A recent report on UK dividend payments suggests the worst of the cuts may be over. First, the bad news: In the third quarter of 2020, total (regular and special) dividend payments from UK companies were 49.1% lower than in the corresponding quarter in 2019. Two thirds of UK companies either cut or cancelled their [...]

By | 2020-11-09T15:14:20+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

EXTENDED SELF-EMPLOYED SUPPORT MEASURES UNDER NEW LOCKDOWN

With the second lockdown now in place, the Chancellor has been forced to return to Parliament and announce extended job support measures. Two further grants under the SEISS were announced in September and have now been updated. The government’s new package of support measures laid out in the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan have been either [...]

By | 2020-11-09T15:09:33+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

NATIONAL SAVINGS WIELDS THE AXE

National Savings rate to drop sharply from 24 November. At times, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) looks like a relic. Its role in raising money for the government has seemed an increasing anachronism for three main reasons: The amount NS&I raises each year is but a small part of the government’s total borrowing. For 2020/21, [...]

By | 2020-10-14T13:06:27+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

TRIPLE LOCK SURVIVES – FOR NOW

The Basic State Pension (BSP) and the New State Pension (NSP) – for anyone who reached State Pension Age after 5 April 2016 – are both subject to the ‘Triple Lock’ measure. This means that every April these two pensions increase by the greater of: 5%; Consumer price index (CPI) inflation to September of the [...]

By | 2020-10-14T13:03:08+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

ANOTHER AUTUMN BUDGET DEFERRED

After heavy hinting from the Treasury for some weeks, the expected Autumn Budget has been pushed into spring 2021. Since the March Budget and through to August, the expectation was that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, would introduce his second Budget this autumn. Such timing would have restored the cycle of a Spring Statement followed by [...]

By | 2020-10-14T13:00:22+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

MARKET UPDATE: A QUIETER QUARTER

The third quarter of 2020 saw share markets calmer than in the previous two. For many, 2020 has not been a year they will want to remember. For investors, the first two quarters were a whiplash experience. For about a month from mid-February, Covid-19 pushed share markets down with a brutal abruptness. By the time [...]

By | 2020-10-14T12:58:47+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

THE CHANCELLOR’S WINTER ECONOMY PLAN

The latest pandemic support measures are much less generous than before. As the country braced for dealing with further localized outbreaks of Covid-19, the Chancellor made an early autumn appearance before the House of Commons to announce his ‘Winter Economy Plan’. He announced new employment support and amendments to existing schemes. Job Support Scheme (JSS) [...]

By | 2020-10-14T12:53:55+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments