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Eight tax changes to watch out for in 2017/2018

21 March 2017

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The last two years have brought about a plethora of change for investors. As another tax year fast approaches Hargreaves Lansdown highlights eight changes you should be aware of when it comes to saving tax in 2017/2018. Corporate bond funds change to paying gross interest Since April 2016 interest from bank and savings accounts has […]

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“A serious threat to living standards” – experts give their view on the rise in inflation

21 March 2017

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The Consumer Price index has risen to 2.3% compared with 1.8% in January with the Office for National Statistics attributing much of the rise to higher transport costs. The rate in February 2017 was the highest since September 2013, having steadily increased since late 2015. Rising transport costs, particularly for fuel, were the main contributors […]

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Sponsored post – New guide to help ISA investors break £762 billion cash stranglehold

20 March 2017

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Good With Money has published a guide to stocks and shares ISAs, aimed at people with little experience of stock market investing. According to investment platform Selftrade from Equiniti, co-sponsor of the guide, some £762 billion of Brits’ savings sits in cash, and only 26 per cent have any investments at all. Just 12 per […]

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Residential care home bills costing between £50,000 and £93,000 eating up half the value of homes in some areas

20 March 2017

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The typical person entering residential care will face total bills of between £50,000 and £93,000 depending on where they live according to research from Royal London. Variations in house prices around the UK mean that this could amount to anything from 18% to 56% of the value of the average house.   For residents in the […]

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Five key questions about the US interest rate rise

17 March 2017

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A. J Bell’s investment direction Russ Mould considers the implications of the third 0.25% interest rate hike from the US Federal Reserve. He looks at the five key questions, all of which have implications for the US and global economies and therefore investment portfolios 1) What degree of interest rate increase has historically been needed […]

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House prices now 7.6 times annual earnings in England and Wales up from 3.6 times in 1997

17 March 2017

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On average, working people could have expected to pay around 7.6 times their annual earnings on purchasing a home in England and Wales in 2016 rising from 3.6 times earnings in 1997 according to a report by the Office for National Statistics. This means the median price paid for residential property in England and Wales […]

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Average amount owed per adult in unsecured borrowing hits £6,372

13 March 2017

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Almost three quarters (73 per cent) of UK adults admit they currently have some form of unsecured borrowing, such as personal loan, bank overdraft or credit card, with a third (33 per cent) of those admitting they rely on credit to get by every month. The average amount owed per adult is £6,372, up five […]

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Self employed should be allowed to divert NI rise into retirement fund argue pension experts

10 March 2017

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The self employed should be allowed to divert at least some of the planned National Insurance rise into their own private pension provision to put them on an equal footing with employees who have access to workplace pensions and contributions, experts have said. As the Government grapples with demands from Conservative backbench MPs to rethink […]

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Can the market’s optimism survive a mad March?

7 March 2017

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By Jaisal Pastakia, Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management Risk asset markets have begun the year firmly, underpinned by a more optimistic economic outlook and signs of reflation. Major US benchmarks and the FTSE 100 are all in record territory, while the cost of protecting against market losses has fallen substantially. Based on this more […]

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AJ Bell publishes this ISA season’s best sellers so far

7 March 2017

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Analysis of the top selling investments via AJ Bell Youinvest (www.youinvest.co.uk) so far this ISA season shows: Fundsmith and Woodford top the fund sales table as investors focus on active management Lloyds heads the list of most popular shares as high dividend payers feature strongly Scottish Mortgage tops the investment trust league following its entry […]

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