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Moneywise Newsletter – Autumn 2019

The political turmoil of the last several months ratcheted up just as we finalised the latest version of our newsletter. Following unprecedented scenes in Parliament, both the government and Brexit are on the edge. The least enviable role at the

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Moneywise Newsletter – Summer 2019

Our feature in the Summer edition of our latest newsletter focuses on the perennial issue of pension contributions. As we all know, the earlier we start to save towards retirement, the better off we’ll be. With the latest increase to

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Moneywise Newsletter – Spring 2019

Our feature article is about preparing for the new 2019/20 tax year – one of the few certainties this year. We highlight the rise in the higher rate income tax threshold for taxpayers outside Scotland, as well as the impact

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Spring Statement 2019

The Chancellor found himself presenting his second Spring Statement sandwiched between a series of crucial Brexit votes. His speech was peppered with references to the need to achieve a smooth exit from the EU. Beyond that, Mr Hammond chose to

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Spring Statement 2018

The 25 minutes of Mr Hammond’s first Spring Statement came as a welcome relief after 2017 – a year that that contained two Budgets and three Finance Bills. The Spring Statement was relatively brief, whereas previous Chancellors have used their

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Autumn Budget 2017

The Chancellor’s second Budget of 2017 Mr Hammond will probably be pleased if commentators decide that his Autumn Budget was a steady-as-she-goes, broadly modest Budget. After the national insurance u-turn he was forced to make after his March Budget this

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The case for and against inheritance tax

Jean-Baptiste Colbert, France’s celebrated 17th century finance minister under King Louis XIV, famously said the following: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of

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Buy-to-let had its day?

The UK has fallen ten places in the rankings of Europe’s best countries for property investment. The list is created by payments firm, WorldFirst, which ranks the average available yields on buy-to-let investments measured by rent as a percentage of

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Be Happy – Buy Time

A new study has found that paying to free up your time is linked to increasing your level of happiness. Individuals taking part in a psychological experiment said that they felt happier when using $40 (around £30) to save themselves

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Moneywise Newsletter – Autumn 2017

2017 shows no signs of slowing down the pace of change. As Parliament came back from the summer recess, and as we were going to print, a second Finance Bill was published which, as anticipated in our feature article, brought

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