UK Graduates Face 49.8% Tax Rate

When the Prime Minister announced that National Insurance rates were to be increased from April to fund the NHS and social care reform, there was a general consensus that the extra funds were a welcome way to improve the NHS. However, the tax rise now means that graduates will face a 49.8% tax charge on

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Divorce is Never Easy

Divorce is never easy, but it can be far more complicated when you are a business owner. The divorce process is not designed to damage a business.  Indeed, the income produced by the business is usually the main source of income and is needed to fund child maintenance and spousal maintenance payments, so damaging the

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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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Inflation – The Silent Killer

Inflation is a silent killer – it earns its’ reputation through the slow deterioration of the purchasing power of your money over time.  It is also the enemy of your savings because you always need to take it away from any growth to find out the real rate of return. Low inflation is easily overlooked

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Longevity Risk

One of the most fundamental risks in retirement is longevity, the risk of running out of money before running out of life.  Whilst there are a lot of benefits to living a long time, longevity undoubtedly increases financial risk.   So just how long will your retirement plan need to generate income?  Most people underestimate their life expectancy, often significantly.  A man who is 65 years

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Cashflow Forecasting – Better than a Crystal Ball

A client once remarked that it would be good if we had a crystal ball for their finances.  A good point well made, so we went and bought one from Amazon, which still sits on a windowsill in the office.  It looks good but has never proved to be entirely reliable. Cashflow forecasting, on the

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No desire to retire generation

Retirement might mean stopping the 9-to-5, but it does not have to mean giving up on work these days.  With many people gaining the taste for flexible working during the pandemic, the freedom to work how and when you like suits those who may have caring responsibilities or even health issues, whilst giving those considering

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Does your family talk about money?

The average age for a UK adult to become a parent is 29.8 years old.  By this point, most people should have at least a basic understanding of how to look after their finances. They should be contributing to a pension.  Some will be diligently saving into ISAs in the hope of becoming an “ISA

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Recession

During 2020 the world economy shifted from a position of strong growth to severe global recession.  Although this is clearly a significant concern, recessions are a normal part of the economic cycle so it is important to look at this in the right context to understand what is occurring now and what might happen next.

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