Author archives: Ben Dyson

A Happy Announcement

We are delighted to announce that Simon Booth, our Managing Director, and Lissa Horton, our Director of Operations, have tied the knot. Simon and Lissa married in mid-January at Chelsea & Kensington Registry Office in London – where all self-respecting rock stars get hitched.  They told no one about their secret marriage preparations and even

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What Does Inflation Mean For Me ?

The headline rate for the Consumer Prices Index inflation increased to 5.4% in December, a rise from 5.1% in November, and the highest rate in 30 years. With the Bank of England seeming more hawkish on inflation, interest rates have risen again to 0.5%, at this month’s Monetary Policy Committee meeting. This rise to 0.5%,

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Making Tax Returns Less Taxing

We are firmly within the tax season and, as the 31st of January tax return deadline looms, we thought it would be worth a look at five tax tips to make your life easier. The first one is your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number. Your UTR number will have been sent to you when you

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The Bank of Starbucks

Did you know that Starbucks, the humble coffee shop, could well be one of the biggest banks in America? Here is the reason: Next to every till conveniently placed next to the place where you pick up your favourite beverage, is the Starbucks gift card.  This card can be topped up with cash to spend

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Boris’s Tax Raid Upon Dividends

The Prime Minister has announced a 1.25% increase to dividend tax rates from April 2022 as part of a package of measures to fund the costs of social care and the NHS over the next 3 years. It is estimated that the tax hike will raise about £600 million of additional revenue for the Government.

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Greenwashing

The scale of the climate change challenge is immense and becoming more apparent each year.  If we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, then global emissions need to fall 7.6% every year this decade. To put this into perspective upon this, the worldwide lockdowns caused by COVID-19 only saw emissions drop

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Long or Short Term Investing?

If you had invested in a UK Index fund from 1980-2009 you would have achieved a return of some 700% on your investment.  However, if you had missed just the best 20 days of stock market performance during that period, that return would have been reduced to just 240%. Getting market timing right is a

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Consolidating Pensions

Workers nowadays have, on average, 11 jobs during their working lives.  So, it is not uncommon to have built up numerous pensions, which are easy to lose track of overtime. Some might be “Defined Benefit”, also known as Final Salary schemes, which promise a certain level of pension from retirement age, while others – increasingly

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Property or Pension?

Before we begin any discussion, let us be quite clear – both property and pensions can deliver long-term growth, both can be used to fund retirement, and both can play an important role in savings. In the UK, property has long been seen as a good investment, with house prices beating inflation by 3% per

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The Impact of The Lifetime Allowance

The Spring Budget announced that the Pension Life Time Allowance (LTA) would be frozen until at least April 2026 at £1,073,100.  Previously, the LTA increased at the target rate of 2.5% however last year due to the low inflationary environment, it only went up by 0.5%. A prolonged period with no inflationary increases will mean

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