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Archive for January, 2017

Delegating power

When you are unable to make your own decisions More than two million Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registrations will have been filed by the end of 2016, with the number of appointments more than trebling between 2010 and 2015.

Top Trump

Winners and losers from the seismic US election result After a long and brutal US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emerged victorious, winning 279 electoral votes and 47.5% of the popular vote. Republicans also maintained majorities in the House and the Senate.

2016/17 Year End Planning

Keeping your taxes as low as possible – what you may wish to consider sooner rather than later The 2016/17 year end for tax planning purposes is now only a matter of months away, with the deadline approaching on 5 April. Effective tax planning is about knowing the personal and business taxes you are liable […]

Money Purchase Annual Allowance

Reduction to prevent inappropriate double tax relief Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, delivered his first and last Autumn Statement to Parliament on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

Investment outlook

Taking advantage of opportunities in 2017 After a game-changing 2016, the investment environment was not only mixed but characterised by uneven global growth and political events such as Brexit and the US elections.

Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts

Make your next move to saving flexibly for a first home and retirement Lifetime Individual Savings Accounts are being launched by the Government to help 18–40-year-olds to save and invest flexibly for the long term. The aim is that people will not have to choose between saving for their first home and retirement.

Financial futures

Building a nest egg for when children need it The prospect of a child leaving home is scary enough for parents – and then there’s money to think about. Even if they get a student loan or find work, how will they be able to afford their first car or home? Parents and family often […]

Gender savings gap widens

Report findings suggest this trend is set to continue Half of women (52%) are now saving adequately for their retirement compared to 60% of men, according to the latest Scottish Widows ‘Women & Retirement’ Report. But while this maintains the record high levels achieved in 2015, the gap between men and women has widened since […]

Income matters

Providing the foundation for an exciting new chapter in your life Nobody knows quite what the future holds. The good news is we are all living longer. Advances in medicine and healthier lifestyles have led to an increase in the average life expectancy of both males and females.

Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket

Holding a blend of assets to help you navigate the volatility of markets One of the most effective ways to manage investment risk is to spread your money across a range of assets that, historically, have tended to perform differently in the same circumstances. This is called ‘diversification’.


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