Category: News

I’ll Help you to Save Scheme

The government has launched a new savings scheme called Help to Save.  The new scheme was initially trialled in January 2018, then rolled out in stages and is now available to all those who are eligible. The savings scheme offers a free bonus on your savings, so it makes it even more attractive than a […]

Budget Update: I giveth and I taketh away….

The tax system is unnecessarily complex, caused by multiple amendments over the years and these complexities make it difficult to initially understand the real impact of any changes, until you drill into the detail. This week Mr. Hammond announced his budget and what caught the headlines was that he brought forward their manifesto promised to […]

Working Beyond 65

The proportion of those aged over 65 still working is close to 11%. Source ONS 11/9/2018 The latest unemployment figures, for the May to July 2018 period, showed the employment rate for those aged 16-64 was 75.5%, slightly lower than in the previous three months, but up 0.2% year-on-year. A closer look at the figures […]

The Markets so far in 2018

The third quarter of 2018 is over. Returns have been mixed, with the USA the standout performer. For markets it has been an interesting nine months, with a fair slice of performance – good and bad – down to what has been happening in the USA, but what else would one expect with it being […]

Common tragedy clause in a will / charitable legacies

The death of Richard Cousins, a 58-year-old widower who perished in a tragic sea plane accident on New Year’s Eve 2017 along with his two sons, his fiancé and her young daughter, has brought the subject of wills and charitable legacies to the forefront of media and public attention. Richard Cousins was head of the […]

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