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Your Pension and Investments after the Budget

24th March 2016

Chancellor George Osborne presented the annual Budget statement last week. Besides numerous announcements on economic policy, public finances and taxes, this year’s Budget contains several very important changes which will affect the ways we save for retirement and how our investments are taxed. This article summarises the main opportunities as well as things to watch […]

Pension Tax Relief Cut To Come Into Effect – Act before 16 March

10th February 2016

It is quite likely that significant changes cutting (or even entirely abolishing) the pension tax relief will be announced in the annual Budget Statement on 16 March, possibly with immediate effect. If you have pension contributions to make, you may want to act before mid-March rather than wait until the tax year end, especially if […]

British Retirees Are Richer than Ever, But That Might Change

7th February 2016

While the British economy has been doing quite well in the recent years, critics often point out that vast majority of the population have not enjoyed much of the prosperity. Especially the young have suffered from sluggish wage growth, less job security and sky-high housing prices. That said, one group which has done particularly well […]

Under 30? 4 Financial Tips to Get You Ahead

7th February 2016

It is no secret that young people have been under pressure financially. Finding a decent place to live and starting a family can be hard, let alone saving money and building wealth. The following are simple tips to get your finances in order and build a strong foundation for the decades ahead. 1. Become Financially […]

Flat Rate State Pension: The Small Print

3rd February 2016

Simpler, fairer and more generous. £155.65 per week. At the first glance, there is not much to dislike about the new single tier State Pension. Nevertheless, although the reform is generally a step in the right direction, there are some ifs and buts which some people are not aware of. Not Everyone Will Get the […]

7 Benefits of a QROPS Pension Transfer

17th January 2016

Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) were first introduced in 2006 and have grown in popularity ever since. Generally, a QROPS is an overseas pension scheme which meets certain HMRC requirements. As a result, it is possible to transfer funds from a UK pension scheme to a QROPS without incurring an unauthorised payment charge or […]

Self Assessment Deadline Looms: Useful Info & Tips

14th January 2016

It’s that time of the year again. No, we don’t mean diets, gym memberships and other New Year’s resolutions.  Self assessment for the 2014-15 tax year must be filed and tax paid by 31 January 2016. Some Fun Statistics Released by the HMRC As the HMRC has just announced, the latest holiday season saw record […]

The End of Buy-to-Let? Here Are Some Alternatives

10th January 2016

The Government is apparently waging a war against buy-to-let.  If you are a landlord, you have certainly not missed the Chancellor’s announcements of two potentially very costly and painful measures.  First it was the reduction of mortgage interest tax relief announced in summer.  That was followed by the new 3 percentage point surcharge on buy-to-let […]

Use Allowances to Minimise Taxes in Retirement

3rd January 2016

Most people will have accumulated a range of assets and potential income sources when they reach retirement, including pensions, ISAs, bonds, investment funds and more.  Each of these is treated differently from the tax perspective.  Therefore, which ones to draw cash from and which ones to leave untouched and keep growing can have vast implications […]

Retirement Rules of Thumb: The 4% Rule and More

21st December 2015

Building sufficient wealth during your working years is challenging enough, but retirement planning does not stop when the accumulation phase is over.  The decisions you need to make in retirement are no less important and no less complex.  The objective is clear: You want to enjoy retirement income as high as possible, but not run […]

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