Monthly Archives: February 2016
Research highlights existing gap between awareness and prioritisation Having a clear understanding of your protection requirements and the importance of getting the right professional financial advice are essential, and they will be of increasing significance from April when working age … Continue reading
Consolidating pensions Most people, during their career, accumulate a number of different pension plans. Keeping your pension savings in a number of different plans may result in lost investment opportunities and unnecessary exposure to risk. However, not all consolidation of … Continue reading
Time-tested method for controlling risk over time It’s natural to be looking for ways to smooth out your portfolio’s returns. Investing regularly can smooth out market highs and lows over time. In a fluctuating market, a strategy known as ‘pound-cost … Continue reading
Getting to grip with the numbers £325,000 The first £325,000 value of your estate is called the ‘Nil Rate Band’ because, although it is taxable to Inheritance Tax (IHT), it is taxed at 0% (tax year 2015/16).
Taking a long-term view to wealth creation Stock markets can be unpredictable. They move frequently – and sometimes sharply – in both directions. It is important to take a long-term view (typically ten years or more) and remember your reasons … Continue reading
Building a consistent, long-term and well-diversified investment strategy To make the most of your investment opportunities, allow your lifestyle and not stock market fluctuations to dictate your investment approach. Your goals are what count, so keep them firmly in mind … Continue reading
What could the new system mean to you? From April this year, the notional 10% tax credit on dividends is to be abolished and will be replaced by a new tax-free Dividend Allowance. The Dividend Allowance means that you won’t … Continue reading
Higher stamp duty payable from April 2016 Buy-to-let landlords and people buying second homes from April this year will have to pay a 3% surcharge on the stamp duty charged for the property.