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Gifting funds


3 things to remember if you’re planning on gifting funds You may be familiar with the expression “it’s better to gift with a warm hand than a cold hand” i.e. make gifts during your lifetime and gifting can form an essential part of Inheritance Tax planning. We’ve identified 3 key points with gifting that many […]

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Hargreaves Lansdown v Vanguard (Who?)


Last month, Vanguard, announced that it is to offer UK investors a lower cost investment Platform, in a direct challenge to the incumbent behemoth Hargreaves Lansdown (HL). The immediate reaction was an 8% fall in the latter’s share price, as speculators pondered the demise of another Active-promoting financial services provider. Completely co-incidentally, the firm announced […]

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Trusts in the modern world


Trusts can be powerful tools and are deeply rooted in centuries of English legal history. For almost 1,000 years, families have been using trusts to preserve and manage their wealth for the benefit of their heirs. Some of the main benefits a trust can provide include: Safety net – asset protection from life events such […]

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Key considerations with a Final Salary pension


Should you consider transferring out of a Final Salary pension?  The overwhelming majority of people who have a Final Salary pension (also known as a Defined Benefit or DB pension) are best advised to stick with it. A guaranteed retirement income from such DB pensions may go some way in providing peace of mind that the […]

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Top 10 New Year Headlines


What will 2017 hold? Our natural curiosity about the future makes a ready-made market for speculative media articles about events likely to drive financial markets in the coming year. But the assumption driving much of this seasonal coverage is that the mere turn in the calendar from one year to the next justifies overhauling your […]

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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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Gifting funds


3 things to remember if you’re planning on gifting funds You may be familiar with the expression “it’s better to gift with a warm hand than a cold hand” i.e. make gifts during your lifetime and gifting can form an essential part of Inheritance Tax planning. We’ve identified 3 key points with gifting that many […]

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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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