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  • How you can Fast-Track your pension.

    Remember Pension Simplification? Well, in recent years pension legislation has moved on and it’s now far from simple. It’s a complex set of rules, get it wrong and the result is a large tax bill. What’s more, the amount you can save into your pension, each year and over your …

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  • Best Cash ISA rates

    9th March 2019Cash ISAs variable – easy access (no bonus) Provider Gross Minimum Investment Notice/Term Virgin Money 1.45% £1 None Oak North 1.44% £1,000 None …

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  • The tax year end looms into view...

    The 2018/19 tax year neatly comes to an end on Friday 5 April 2019, two weeks before a late Easter. Now that Budgets are autumn affairs (the last was in October 2018), the only obstacle in the way of tax year end planning is the Chancellor’s Spring Statement. The date for this has been set …

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  • Continued uncertainties add to present investment volatility.

    Unremitting negative sentiment in global stock markets increased on Thursday putting market values under immense pressure owing to continuing uncertainties, caused mainly by trade conflict between the USA & China.The leading stock market indices around the world fell significantly but Wall …

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  • A Little Crystal Balling.

    There have been few rumours about the contents of next month's Budget. Will it be a quiet affair? We will have to wait and see.The Autumn Budget is now less than six weeks away and so far there have been few rumours about it contents. There are several reasons for this: We are at the start of …

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  • August inflation numbers.

    August Inflation NumbersThe Consumer Price Index (CPI) for August showed prices rising 0.6% over the month, whereas prices were up by half as much between July 2016 and August 2016.The consensus had been for a 2.8% annual rate, so the rise to that much nearer 3% surprised the markets and took …

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  • Inflation up? Yes. Interest rates up? Maybe.

     The latest inflation figures came as a surprise for the markets and the Bank of England. Based on the government’s favoured yardstick, the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), prices rose by 2.9% in the year to May, the highest level since June 2013. The Retail Prices Index (RPI), which is no …

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