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Headline Blues


It’s a tough gig being a financial media pundit whose job requires making eye-grabbing calls on the outcomes of major world events. But at least the pundits rarely have to deal with the consequences of their bad predictions. From the Brexit referendum, to the US presidential vote to general elections in Australia, the Netherlands, France […]

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Inheritance Tax Planning where a Power of Attorney is in place


Where a lasting power of attorney is in place many people think that nothing can be done with regards to planning for inheritance tax mitigation, mainly because the ability to make gifts is very limited without approval from the Court of Protection.  In many circumstances it is the Court of Protection’s view that giving away […]

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How to invest for success following the US election


Let’s assume the presidential election took place yesterday, this is how you would position your portfolio. You will all now know that yesterday (8 November 2016) was a historic day for our planet. The new leader of the free world was announced. So how should you position your portfolio in the light of the fact that  President Clinton/Trump is […]

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Withdrawing from your pension


How much of my pension can I spend each year and not run out of money? A very common question we are asked is “how much can I withdraw from my pension each year to fund my lifestyle, whilst ideally ensuring there is sufficient capital remaining to provide a similar level of income into the […]

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Deposit Protection Cut


The level of protection for bank and building society deposits has been cut by £10,000 to £75,000, although for existing deposits the change will not take effect until the start of next year. Blame the EU The reason for the cut is down to the European Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive. This Directive states that every […]

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Investment Management – Stop Monkeying Around!


In the world of investment management there is an idea that blind-folded monkeys throwing darts at pages of stock listings can select portfolios that will do just as well, if not better, than both the market and the average portfolio constructed by professional money managers. If this is true, why might it be the case? […]

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Review existing pensions


As we move through our working life, almost inevitably we can build up a collection of pensions from previous employers and self-employment, amounting to significant six figure sums, but do you need to take any specific action with these pensions? Too often, we see advice centred around simplifying and consolidating all your disparate arrangements, which […]

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Passing pensions down the generations


The obvious personal tax benefits of a personal pension (SIPP) are well known, income tax relief on contributions, tax-free growth inside the pension and the option to take 25% of the accumulated fund as a tax-free lump sum, but what about the Inheritance Tax benefits? Defined Contribution pensions (Personal pension/SIPP) can be passed to any […]

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Lasting Power of Attorney


What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you, or act on your behalf, if you’re no longer able to or if you no longer want to make your own decisions. There are a number of reasons why you might need someone […]

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